With NFL Pro Bowl fan voting in full swing cornerback Charles Woodson and linebacker Clay Matthews III lead NFC voting at their respective positions. While Aaron Rodgers is 2nd to the Eagles Michael Vick in the NFC at quarterback, who is 2nd overall behind only the Colts Peyton Manning. Rodgers sits 5th overall behind quarterbacks Manning, Vick, and Tom Brady as well as Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Rodgers 2601 yards, 19 touchdowns, 95.7 quarterback rating and Matthews III 11.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception for a touchdown, being among the leaders is not surprising but Woodson is at first. He has been considered the 2nd best cornerback on his own team by many league experts including position coach Joe Whitt to Tramon Williams.
When you take a look at his stats you see how good of an overall player Woodson really is. Even though he isn't putting up the big interception numbers this year he has in the past he has found other ways to make his impact on the game felt. He has 60 tackles, 1 sack, 2 interceptions 1 which he returned for a touchdown which eventually became the winning points against Detroit. He also has 4 forced fumbles on the season including the key one last week in the second quarter against the Vikings when he striped Vikings rookie running back Toby Gerhart with the Vikings driving into Packers territory leading 3-0. His 60 tackles are second on the team and his 6 turnover producing plays is actually 1 more than Williams' total of 5.
But, which other Packers deserve consideration?
Three players that if selected would be making their first Pro Bowl appearance, wide receiver Greg Jennings, cornerback Tramon Williams, and right guard Josh Sitton.
Jennings and Williams are strong candidates as they are having strong statistically seasons.
Williams has 39 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 interceptions, and 14 passes defensed while not yet surrendering a touchdown pass, being responsible for only 1 completion of 20 yards or more, and being penalized just once. With these numbers I would be surprised if he's passed over by the players and coaches in their voting although he isn't likely to get in on the fan vote.
Jennings has 46 catches for 703 yards, 15.3 yards a catch, and 9 touchdowns including a long of 86 yards. He's 8th in the NFC in yards but two of the players ahead of him, the Lions Calvin Johnson (806) and the Cowboys Miles Austin (757) have played one more game than the Packers. His 15.3 yard average per catch is good for 7th in the NFC among players with at least 20 catches. While his 9 touchdown receptions are second most in the NFC behind only Johnson. With another strong showing this week Jennings will secure the first Pro Bowl nomination of his career in this his 5th season.
Sitton the right guard plays a position that isn't big on fanfare but he has started all ten of the Packers games this season. He has been the most steady player on an offensive line that has protected Rodgers well enough to make him the second highest rated quarterback in the NFC behind only Michael Vick. Sitton may be a longshot to make the squad because he doesn't have the name recognition that often sets players apart at the games least glamorous positions but if judged on his play alone he is deserving of the nod.