Chicago Bears: 5 Players Who Could Make the Pro Bowl

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Chicago Bears: 5 Players Who Could Make the Pro Bowl
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The midway part of the 2011 NFL season is quickly drawing near. As it does, the balloting for this season’s Pro Bowlers is already underway.

For a 4-3 Chicago Bears team, a difficult division dominated with superstars such as Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson makes snagging a coveted Pro Bowl roster spot seem next to impossible.

The Packers, Lions and Vikings all have a common thread—a lack of defensive superstars.

This is where the Bears have the best opportunity to have their squad represented in Honolulu, Hawaii this January. Aside from Clay Matthews, Jr. and Ndamukong Suh, the NFC North lacks many defensive superstars not from the Windy City.

The season’s ultimate goal is not to be well represented in Hawaii. As a matter of fact, not being represented at all is now a positive thing.

Since being moved to the week prior to the Super Bowl rather than the week after, the Pro Bowl occupies what normally would be a voided bye week of preparation for the league’s two best teams. With there being no reason to risk harm in an exhibition game prior to Super Bowl Sunday, teams in the NFL championship game are banned from playing in the Pro Bowl.

If your team has no Pro Bowlers, it means one of two things: either you’re Super Bowl bound or you suck.

All kidding aside, Chicago has a legitimate shot to land a handful of Pro Bowl roster spots.

Here are the top five Chicago Bears who should represent the NFC at the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl:

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