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2011 NFL Pro Bowl: Our Picks For AFC and NFC Offensive Starters

Kip ReisererCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2010

2011 NFL Pro Bowl: Our Picks For AFC and NFC Offensive Starters

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    As we watch the last weeks of the NFL regular season unfold, the playoff picture is still uncertain in many areas.

    Instead of predicting the Super Bowl contenders just yet, let's look at something more concrete.

    Looking at it as if no players will bypass the Pro Bowl because of the Super Bowl, we have narrowed down the offensive starters for both the AFC and NFC.

    So, who all is going to Honolulu?

AFC: Quarterback

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    Starter:  Tom Brady, New England Patriots

    Tom Brady will be the starting quarterback for the AFC for many reasons besides the fact his hair has great bounce.  Brady has led the Patriots to another great season after losing Randy Moss.

    Brady doesn’t need the big name receivers – nor does he want them.  Tom Brady’s favorite receivers are those who want to win.  Not those receivers who get pouty if the ball isn’t thrown their way half of the time.

    He currently has 3,561 yards through the air in 31 touchdowns and hasn’t thrown a pick since Week 6.

     

    Other possible starters:

    Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

    Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

AFC: Running Back

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    Starter: Arian Foster, Houston Texans

    Arian Foster exploded onto the scene in Houston in Week 1 when he racked up 231 yards and three touchdowns.

    Foster has continued to play well although the Texans have been a huge disappointment on the season.

    Foster, who was practically unheard of before the 2010-2011 season, should grab the starting honors as he has emerged as one of the leagues best running backs.

     

    Other possible starters:

    Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns

    Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

AFC: Wide Receiver

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    Starter: Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

    Think Andre Johnson's fight with Cortland Finnegan will have an impact on his Pro Bowl status?

    Think again.

    Johnson has put up fat numbers just like everyone expected.  Again, it's too bad the Texans have managed to destroy their season.  But on the bright side, at least some of them will be playing in January.

    Johnson has 1,216 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.  A few more TD's would have been nice for fantasy owners, but impressive nonetheless.

     

    Dwayne Bowe

    Somewhere over Dwayne Bowe!

    Bowe has finally stopped dropping passes and leads the AFC with 14 touchdowns.  He is sitting at 941 total receiving yards so expect him to break 1,000 by the time the regular season is over.  Bowe has helped the Chiefs become true playoff contenders after winning only four games last season.  

    No more "Stone Hands" Bowe, the former LSU Tiger means business.

    Other possible starters:

    Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

    Terrell Owens, Cincinnati Bengals

AFC: Tight End

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    Starter: Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars 

    Marcedes Lewis is another one who many were unaware of before this season.

    He has certainly turned into one of David Garrard's favorite targets down in Jacksonville.  Lewis has been primarily a goal line guy, but his 6-6, 275-pound frame has provided a large target for Garrard when he doesn't have much room to work with.

    Lewis currently has 637 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

     

    Other possible starters:

    Dustin Keller, New York Jets

AFC: Kicker

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    Starter: Rob Bironas, Tennessee Titans

    Rob Bironas has made 22-of-23 field goals this season, a league-high 96 percent accuracy rating.

     

    Other possible starter:

    Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts

AFC: Punter

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    Starter: Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City Chiefs 

    Dustin Colquitt has 77 punts on the season for the Kansas City Chiefs with an average of 44.8 yards per punt.  He has had plenty of practice this year even though the Chiefs are playing well.  

    His brother Britton is trailing right behind him for the best in the AFC.  Toss up!

     

    Other possible starters:

    Britton Colquitt, Denver Broncos

NFC: Quarterback

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    Starter: Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

    Michael Vick has been playing out of his mind lately and is surely a candidate for MVP.  He’s doing it both on the ground and through the air.

    He currently has 20 touchdowns threw the air and five interceptions.  He has eight rushing touchdowns and 613 yards on the ground, including an NFC-leading quarterback rating of 103.6.

    His ability to scramble and pick up first downs has helped the Eagles grab a hold of the NFC East.

    Michael Vick is playing the best football of his career.  He has stunned every NFL fan who thought his career was over back in 2007.

    Other possible starters:

    Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

    Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

NFC: Running Backs

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    Starter: Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons

    The once backup in San Diego has found his comfort zone in Atlanta and has let loose on opposing defenses.

    He has already racked up 1,256 yards and 11 touchdowns.  Those are monster numbers considering he has been sharing some carries with Jason Snelling.

    Also, Matt Ryan and Roddy White have been racking up numbers of their own which shows how powerful the Falcon offense can be.  Turner should get the starting nod, although Adrian Peterson is closing in on him.

     

    Other possible starters:

    Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

    Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants

NFC: Wide Receiver

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    Starter: Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

    Roddy White emerged last season as one of Matt Ryan's favorite targets and hasn't been a disappointment this season.

    The Falcons are close to clinching the NFC South and White's production is a big reason it has been made possible.

    Roddy leads the NFC in receiving yard with 1,284 and has eight touchdown grabs.  

    Roddy Too Hottie!  Hands, that is.

     

    Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers

    Rodgers-to-Jennings has been a killer combination this year as Jennings has already pulled in 12 touchdown grabs and racked up 1,026 yards.

    When Jermichael Finley went down his production shot up and hasn't slowed down as the Packers are trying to leap frog the Bears and win the NFC North.

     

    Other possible starters:

    Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

    Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

NFC: Tight End

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    Starter: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

    Jason Witten has overcome his slow season in the 2009-2010 campaign to lead the NFC in yards and touchdowns.  

    He has been a huge part of the Cowboys offense since Jon Kitna took over.  Don't forget the injuries to Dez Bryant and Roy Williams as well.

    As of now, Witten has 911 and seven touchdowns.  Plus, he is one of the best blocking tight ends in the league.  

    Consider him locked in for the starting position.

     

    Other possible starters:

    Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons

    Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins

NFC: Kicker

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    Starter: Jay Feely, Arizona Carindals

    Jay Feely is currently 22-of-24 (92 percent) kicking for the Arizona Cardinals, who have been lacking an offensive threat all season.  

    Feely is also 2-of-3 from beyond 50 yards.  The 34-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down, even if his team is.

     

    Other possible starter:

    David Akers, Philadelphia Eagles

NFC: Punter

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    Starter: Andy Lee, San Francisco 49ers

    The San Francisco 49ers have struggled on offense the whole season despite playing in the worst division in the NFL.  Therefore, punter Andy Lee has been mighty busy giving the ball back to the opposing team.  He leads the NFC in total yards (2,939) and has the highest average of 46.3 per punt.

     

    Other possible starter:

    Hunter Smith, Washington Redskins

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