With the NFL season close to two-thirds finished, the Philadelphia Eagles are right in the middle of a close division race. Their 5-5 record puts them tied with the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East.
Six games remain in the year, giving the opportunity for a number of players to secure a Pro Bowl berth. Here are the five players I expect to play in Hawaii in February.
1. LeSean McCoy, Running Back (90 percent)
There's no way LeSean McCoy misses the Pro Bowl. The fifth-year tailback is leading the NFL in rushing yards (932) and total yards (1,258). He's averaging 4.8 yards per carry, and he's scored four touchdowns.
He's probably one of the 10 most valuable players in the NFL this season.
2. Evan Mathis, Left Guard (80 percent)
Evan Mathis should have earned Pro Bowl selections in both 2011 and 2012. As he's finally started to earn the recognition he deserves, there's no way he misses out on a trip to Hawaii this year.
Pro Football Focus rates him as the top-ranked offensive player in the league (subscription required). He's been tremendous as a run blocker, and he's allowed just 11 hurries all season.
3. DeSean Jackson, Wide Receiver (60 percent)
DeSean Jackson may be putting together the most productive season of his career.
Through 10 games, he's caught 54 passes for 903 yards and seven touchdowns, putting him on pace for a career-high 1,444 yards. His season is even more impressive when you remember that he is playing without Jeremy Maclin.
4. DeMeco Ryans, Linebacker (55 percent)
DeMeco Ryans has been a beast for the Eagles this season, as he ranks fourth in the league in tackles (71). He's also the first Eagles linebacker since Jeremiah Trotter in 2001 to collect two sacks and two interceptions in the same season.
5. Fletcher Cox, Defensive End (50 percent)
As a 3-4 defensive end, Fletcher Cox isn't racking up the sacks, but last year's first-round pick continues to improve with each game. This season, he rates as the seventh-best 3-4 DE in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. He leads all 3-4 ends with 32 hurries, and he rates very well as a pass-rusher and against the run.
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