The Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks each picked seven players for the 2021 Pro Bowl teams on Monday.
The Dallas Cowboys were among the teams with no Pro Bowl players. This is only the third time in their history that Dallas hasn’t had at least one Pro Bowl representative.
The Pro Bowl game has been canceled due to COVID-19, the NFL announced in October. Pro Bowl week instead, Madden matchups between current players, former players, celebrities and EA Sports Madden NFL 21 video game streamers will be offered using Pro Bowl rosters. Players will also take part in a Madden Pro Bowl.
It will be the first time since the 1949 season that the NFL has not hosted an all-star game after the season.
ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | AUTO | CHI | CIN
CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND
JAX | KC | LAC | LAR | LV | MIA | MINIMUM
NE | NO | NYG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF
SEA | TB | TEN | WSH
Pro bowler: Stefon Diggs, WR (1), Josh Allen, QB (1), Tremaine Edmunds, LB (2), Andre Roberts, RS (3), Tre’Davious White, CB (2)
In his first season in Buffalo, Diggs set a franchise record for catches in one season (111) and is 55 yards (he’s 1,314) away from receiving another. Allen is in a three horse race for Most Valuable Player and could win the league’s Most Improved Player Award as he will break almost every season record in Bill’s history. After a slow start to the season, Edmunds has found his Pro Bowl game from last season, while White and Roberts picked up exactly where they left off of their 2019 Pro Bowl season.
Did you know? The Bills have made four picks in the first round of the NFL draft since the Sean McDermott / Brandon Beane era began in 2017. Three of them, White, Allen, and Edmunds, were selected for at least one Pro Bowl. The team traded their first choice in 2020 for Diggs, who also won the Pro Bowl that year. – Marcel Louis-Jacques
Pro bowler: Xavien Howard, CB, (2)
For the past three years, Howard has been the only player to represent the Miami Dolphins in the Pro Bowl. And now he’s done it twice, both times as a starter (2018 and 2020). Howard, the NFL’s interception leader (9), was an easy pick to be an AFC starter as he was the conference’s best cornerback throughout the season. It was more than just an interception for Howard, who is in the top 3 for QB passerby rating and completion percentage on target acquisition. There were other worthy Dolphins candidates like DE Emmanuel Ogbah and K Jason Sanders, but they faced stiff position competition. Howard was clearly the best player in second best goal defense, and he may have the All-Pro and even Defensive Player of the Year award in front of him.
Did you know? Howard is the fourth cornerback in Dolphins history to receive multiple Pro Bowl selections and the third to be selected as a starter along with Sam Madison (1999-2002), Pat Surtain (2002-04) and Brent Grimes (2013-15). – Cameron Wolfe
Pro bowler: Matthew Slater, ST (9), Stephon Gilmore, CB (4), Jake Bailey, P (1)
Slater is adding a special teamer to his own record for Pro Bowl berths. He remains one of the top players in the NFL at Punts, as evidenced by a game he played on the goal line in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. He could easily have shared the berth with his teammate Justin Bethel, who in week 15 led the team with 11 special teams. Bailey was arguably the team’s MVP. At week 15, he averaged fourth in the NFL (48.8) and first on the network (46.1). Of his 40 punts, he has three touchbacks and 23 within the 20th.
Did you know? The last time the Patriots had a punter named Pro Bowler was Rich Camarillo in 1983. – Mike Reiss
Pro bowler: None
DT Quinnen Williams (seven sacks) was the Jets’ Most Deserved Contestant, but it’s difficult to find recognition on a 1-13 team. This was also his first Pro Bowl season, and players often have to put one on the bench before being rewarded with a payout. Rookie LT Mekhi Becton won the fan voting for Tackles in the AFC, but he too stayed behind. He’s done a lot of splash games as a blocker, but he still needs to improve from the bottom down before he can crack the league’s elite. Both Becton and Williams should have multiple Pro Bowls going forward.
Did you know? The Jets haven’t had an offensive skill player in the Pro Bowl for five straight years. The last two were WR Brandon Marshall and RB Chris Ivory in 2015. The last skill player the Jets designed for the Pro Bowl was WR Keyshawn Johnson, who was selected back in 1996. – Rich Cimini
Pro bowler: Orlando Brown Jr., OT (2), Calais Campbell, DE (6), Morgan Cox, LS (4), Marlon Humphrey, CB (2), Matthew Judon, OLB (2), FB Patrick Ricard, FB (2) , Justin Tucker, K (4)
The Ravens had picked seven players for the Pro Bowl, down from the NFL record of 13 a year ago. Humphrey is a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year with eight forced fumbles, the second most common defensive back in an NFL single season. Judon is one of three NFL outline players to produce at least 40 tackles (41), five sacks (five) and 20 quarterback hits (20) in 2020. “Honestly, I didn’t have the numbers or production like last year when I went to my first Pro Bowl, so the amount of excitement, surprise, and happiness that came when I got the news – I just was excited and really happy, “said Judon. “I could have jumped anywhere in the house.” Campbell comes as a surprise after being limited to 10 games, but his six passes defended the tie (Montez Sweat) for the NFL’s second most popular by a defensive end. On the offensive, Brown and Ricard are integral members of the NFL’s high-profile rushing attack. The Ravens special team headliner was Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history (90.6%), who was 23 out of 26 in field goal attempts in 2020. Two of his mistakes came from 57 and 61 meters away.
Did you know? Lamar Jackson is the sixth quarterback in the past two decades to win his first NFL MVP and fail to make the Pro Bowl the following season. Jackson finished 11th in overall QBR (71.5) and 22nd in passing yards (246.1). The others: Rich Gannon, Steve McNair, Tom Brady (who was injured), Cam Newton and Matt Ryan. – Jamison Hensley
Pro bowler: None
Bengal’s Safety Jessie Bates made a strong case for the Pro Bowl. The 2018 second round pick was one of the best collateral in the NFL this season. When Bates faced Pittsburgh on Monday, he led all security in defended passes (14) and expected points to be added to target acquisition, according to NFL Next Gen Stats (-10.9). But that kind of nudge happens when someone plays for a team that has had a total of four wins in the last two seasons. Broad receiver Tyler Boyd also had his case badly dented when rookie quarterback Joe Burrow was out for the season with a knee injury.
Did you know? This is the first time since 2010 that the Bengals have not had a Pro Bowl representative. To make matters worse, Tyler Eifert remains the youngest Bengals draft pick to be inducted into the Pro Bowl. Eifert was designed in 2013 and plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars. – Ben baby
Pro bowler: Nick Chubb, RB (2), Joel Bitonio, OG (3), Myles Garrett, DE (2)
Despite missing four games with a knee injury, Chubb was elected to the Pro Bowl for the second year running. Bitonio, who arguably anchors the best-improved offensive line in the NFL, has made it for the third time in a row. And Garrett, whose 2019 season was canceled due to a six-game suspension for the infamous helmet swing, was selected for the second time in three years. All three have led Cleveland’s push to a playoff spot for the first time in 18 years and clearly deserve that recognition.
Did you know? Bitonio is the first Browns Guardian to be selected for three consecutive Pro Bowls since Famer Gene Hickerson’s Pro Football Hall played six times in a row from 1966 to 1971. – Jake Trotter
Pro bowler: David DeCastro, G (6), Maurkice Pouncey, C (9), Cam Heyward, DT (3), TJ Watt, OLB (2), Minkah Fitzpatrick, S (2)
For the second year in a row, the Steelers had not selected a single offensive player for the Pro Bowl. And given the inconsistency of the offense, that’s not much of a surprise. Even without an offensive skill player, the Steelers still had five selections, making it five Pro Bowls in a row. The team had five or more players in the squad. The Pouncey and DeCastro offensive selections form the mainstays of a normally strong offensive line. On the defensive, Watt is leading as a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year with 12 sacks, a forced fumble and 19 tackles against the loss.
Did you know? The same five Steelers selected for the 2021 Pro Bowl were selected as starters a year ago. – Brooke Pryor
Pro bowler: Deshaun Watson, QB (3), Laremy Tunsil, LT (2)
In 14 games, Watson leads the NFL in passing yards per attempt (8.76) and ranks second with 4,134 passing yards and a pass rating of 110.6. On Sunday against the Colts, Watson set a career high in one season with his 27th touchdown of the season. Tunsil was selected for the second year in a row, making it only the second offensive lineman in franchise history to be inducted into the Pro Bowl for consecutive seasons. The Texans have signed both players to renew contracts in the off-season. Inside linebacker Zach Cunningham, who leads the NFL in tackles, failed the team.
Did you know? Watson became the first quarterback in franchise history to record three Pro Bowl selections. – Sarah Barshop
Pro bowler: Darius Leonard, LB (2), Ryan Kelly C (2), Quenton Nelson G (3)
It’s no surprise that Leonard, Kelly, and Nelson were chosen. It’s more about who didn’t make it for the Colts. One of the biggest names missing from the list is defenseman DeForest Buckner, who is cherished by the Colts off-season. He’s second in the league among center-backs in sacks (7.5), quarterback hits (24) and total tackles (52). Neither of those statistics were good enough to make the Pro Bowl.
Did you know? Nelson is only the third Colt – Andrew Luck and Alan Ameche – in team history to be selected for the Pro Bowl in each of its first three seasons. Nelson is also the first offensive lineman to have done this in the NFL since Zack Martin did it between 2014 and 17. – Mike Wells
Pro bowler: None
James Robinson, who leads all rookies in a rush and is third in the NFL, and linebacker Myles Jack deserve to be considered. Robinson has rushed 1,070 yards and is about to break the record for most rushing yards by an uncovered rookie (1,104 yards) and has a chance to break Fred Taylor’s rookie rushing record (1,228 yards). Jack has done well since returning to the Weakside linebacker this season and was at one point the top-rated outside linebacker on Pro Football Focus. He’s two tackles from his career high (105) and has two fiddly recoveries, a forced fumble and an interception. There’s no secret why Robinson and Jack didn’t make the Pro Bowl, however: if your team is 1-13 and lost 13 games in a row, you won’t get much credit.
Did you know? The Jaguars made two players earn Pro Bowl MVP: quarterback Mark Brunell in 1997 and the defensive end of Calais Campbell in 2019. – Mike DiRocco
Pro bowler: Derrick Henry, RB (2), A.J. Brown, WR (1)
Henry has been the NFL’s most consistent return that season. Every week opposing defenders know Henry is going to get the soccer ball, but they still can’t stop him. His mix of size, speed, power and explosiveness has led to countless highs of the role moments this season. Brown has 56 catches for 881 yards and 10 touchdowns, despite missing three games earlier in the season with a knee injury.
Did you know? Henry is the first to run back with at least 1,500 rushing yards in consecutive seasons since Larry Johnson and Tiki Barber did so in 2005 and 2006.– Turron Davenport
Pro bowler: Justin Simmons, S. (1), Bradley Chubb, LB (1)
Simmons deserved to be selected in 2019 and had the strange honor of being an all-pro second-team selection and not even being a Pro Bowl alternative. He’s played every snap for the past three seasons. In a season where the Broncos lost five cornerbacks to injury or suspension, he was a big part of the team’s success in the red zone and in third place. He was also one of the best run defenders in his position in the league. Returning for Chubb from last season’s torn ACL, he led the Broncos in sacks, quarterback hits and tackles, despite Von Miller failing to snap after an ankle injury days before the season opener. Garett Bolles signed a lucrative contract extension but was not selected.
Did you know? This is the third time in six years the Broncos had an edge breaker and security for the Pro Bowl in the same season. Miller and Darian Stewart were among the Broncos selected for the 2016 season, while Miller and T.J. Ward was one of the Broncos named in the 2015 season. – Jeff Legwold
Pro bowler: Frank Clark, DE (2), Eric Fisher, OT (2), Tyreek Hill, WR (5), Chris Jones, DT (2), Travis Kelce, TE (6), Patrick Mahomes, QB (3), Tyrant Mathieu , DB (2)
The defending Super Bowl champion, who has the best record in the league (13-1), has tied the Packers, Ravens and Seahawks for the most selected players. Mahomes, pursuing his second MVP award in three years, leads the league in passing (4,462). Kelce and Hill chase the best seasons of their careers, with Kelce attempting to become the first close end in NFL history to lead the league in receiving yards. He is currently six (1,318) behind the Arizona Cardinals leader DeAndre Hopkins (1,324). Hill has received 15 touchdowns and made the Pro Bowl in each of his five NFL seasons. Six of the seven Chiefs have been selected to start the Pro Bowl even though the game is not being played. Clark is the exception.
Did you know? The Chiefs had selected a quarterback for a franchise record for the fifth straight season. These are three seasons for Mahomes and 2016 and 2017 for Alex Smith. – Adam Teicher
Pro bowler: Darren Waller, TE (1), Josh Jacobs, RB (1)
It’s no surprise that the two Pro Bowl selections for the Raiders, who are 7-7 after a 6-3 start, are on the offensive side of the ball (yes, the defense is that bad). Although center Rodney Hudson doesn’t get an offer, it’s strange. Waller has taken his step lately with 29 catches for 425 yards (the most narrow-ended yards in a three-game period in NFL history) and three TDs in the Raiders’ last three games. Overall, his 93 catches, 967 yards and 504 yards after catch, rank second among narrow ends in the NFL, while his eight TDs rank third. Jacobs ranks third in Rushes (245), sixth in Rushing Yards (907) and sixth in Rushing TDs (10), despite missing a game with a sprained right ankle. He has six career multi-rushing TD games with only Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Ezekiel Elliott having more such games with seven each in a player’s first 22 career games.
Did you know? Jacobs is only the third Raiders to be elected to the Pro Bowl since his mentor and Hall of Famer Marcus Allen in 1987. Bo Jackson was selected in 1990 and Latavius Murray in 2015. – Paul Gutierrez
Pro bowler: Keenan Allen, WR (4), Joey Bosa, DE (3)
Allen has caught 100 passes, his third season with 100 receptions in his career, for 992 yards and eight touchdowns this season. In the first 100 games of his career, he set the record with 624 receptions. Allen is also tied for the fewest games (96) to hit 600 receptions in NFL history, and posted two games with 13 or more receptions this season, 16 in week 11 against the Jets and 13 in week 3 against the Panthers. Bosa started this week with 27 quarterback hits and 15 tackles against loss, finishing second in each category in the AFC despite missing two games due to injury. 2020 is the third season of Bosa’s five-year career with at least 15 losses. Bosa’s best game was against the Bills in Week 12 and hit a career high in one game with nine tackles (eight solos), three sacks, six tackles against the loss, five quarterback hits, a fiddly recovery, and a defended pass.
Did you know? There were those who thought Justin Herbert would be the first Chargers rookie quarterback to make the Pro Bowl, as he is linked to Baker Mayfield for the NFL rookie record for TD passes at 27. He stayed behind, however, making Philip Rivers (2006) the only Chargers QB to make the Pro Bowl in its first full season as a starter. – Shelley Smith
Pro bowler: None
It’s only the third time in franchise history that the Cowboys haven’t picked at least one player for the Pro Bowl. The others came in 1986 when the Cowboys brand ran out of 20 straight winning seasons, and in 1989, Jerry Jones’ first year as owner and general manager, when they finished 1-15. This is due to a bad record and injuries this year. Left tackle Tyron Smith had made the Pro Bowl every year since 2013. Right guard Zack Martin had made it every year since 2014. Smith played two games this season with a neck injury. Martin had one of his better seasons before sustaining a calf injury on Thanksgiving. Ezekiel Elliott has made it every time he’s played a full season but he’s lost five fumbles and couldn’t reach 1,000 meters this season.
Did you know? From 2010-19, the Cowboys had 24 players who earned Pro Bowl selections despite making the playoffs four times and not going past the divisional round. According to Elias, only the Baltimore Ravens (29) and Kansas City Chiefs (25) had more choices during this time. – Todd Archer
Pro bowler: James Bradberry, CB (1), Evan Engram, TE (1)
Bradberry signed a lucrative free agent deal with the Giants that offseason. He may have exceeded expectations and ranks second in the NFL with 17 passes defended. “It’s a surreal feeling,” said Bradberry. Engram was more of a surprise pick. He had a high and low season with 54 receptions for 572 yards and two touchdowns. It’s also the first among all tight ends at six drops but has shown to be an improved blocker. There have been strong cases where defenseman Leonard Williams (8.5 sacks), middle linebacker Blake Martinez (128 tackles, T-4) and free security man Logan Ryan (3 forced fumble) earned more.
Did you know? Engram is the Giants’ first close end to the Pro Bowl since Jeremy Shockey in 2006.– Jordan Raanan
Pro bowler: Brandon Graham, DE (1), Jason Kelce, C (4), Fletcher Cox, DT (6)
Graham, the longest-serving member of the Eagles’ back-up, eventually broke through and received his first Pro Bowl offer thanks to a glowing start to the season that had collected seven sacks in his first eight games. 32-year-old Graham wasn’t shy about his desire to add this accomplishment to a resume that includes the Super Bowl LII hero. Kelce, 33, remains one of the best centers in the game. As a three-time all-pro, four-time pro bowler, and first-team Super Bowl champion, he’s continually building a career worthy of the Hall of Fame.
Did you know? Kelce owns the most Pro Bowl nods by any center in franchise history and the second most popular offensive lineman in franchise history, only behind Jason Peters (seven). – Tim McManus
Pro bowler: Brandon Scherff, RG (4), Chase Young, DE (1)
Scherff, who was selected as the starter, was a consistent force that excelled in excellent pass protection and barrel barriers. Young, selected as a backup, has 5.5 sacks and a touchdown. The rookie was great at stopping the run and finishing multiple games just by being conscious. Quit Montez Sweat, grab Jonathan Allen and even Daron Payne. Punter Tress Way could easily have repeated his honor for 2019; His net punting average of 44.66 ranks third in the NFL. Receiver Terry McLaurin will make it if Washington gets a constant quarterback game. He has received 1,078 yards but three touchdowns.
Did you know? Young is only the fifth rookie in Washington – and the second on the defensive – to make the Pro Bowl since the NFL and AFL merged in 1970. The last rookie to make the team was quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2012. The only other defensive player to do so at the time was linebacker Brian Orakpo in 2009.– John Keim
Pro bowler: Khalil Mack, OLB (6), Cordarrelle Patterson, KR (4)
Widely regarded as one of the game’s top pass rushers, Mack leads Chicago with eight sacks and 49 quarterback rushes taking Tampa’s Shaquil Barrett second in the league. Mack’s three forced fiddles are fourth best in NFC. Patterson has been one of the top kickoff returnees since joining the league, outperforming all kickoff returnees both on average (29.4) and in yards (942). It can be argued that LB Roquan Smith (128 tackles with team strength and 17 tackles against loss) also deserved the roster.
Did you know? Mack and Patterson have been the 13th and 14th Pro Bowl selections in Chicago since the 2018 season began under head coach Matt Nagy. The Bears went once for five consecutive seasons (1995-99) without a single player entering the Pro Bowl. – Jeff Dickerson
Pro bowler: T.J. Hockenson, TE (1), Jack Fox, P (1), Frank Ragnow, C (1)
Hockenson did well in his sophomore season, with 60 catches for 675 yards and six touchdowns, making it one of Matthew Stafford’s most reliable targets and a consistent piece of a Detroit crime that was without Kenny Golladay for most of the season. Ragnow continues his rise as one of the best offensive lineman in the game – he would also have had a case for a Pro Bowl spot a season ago – and could be the NFC’s best center. Fox averaged 49.27 yards per punt in its first season in the league (third in the NFL) and second in the league in net yards per punt (45.27). He has 21 punts within the 20 yard line.
Did you know? It is the third time in five seasons that the Lions have had a dedicated team representative at the Pro Bowl. Kicker Matt Prater was selected in 2016 and long snapper Don Muhlbach made it in 2018.– Michael Rothstein
Pro bowler: Aaron Rodgers, QB (9); Davante Adams, WR (4); David Bakhtiari, T (3); Elgton Jenkins, G (1); Za’Darius Smith, OLB (2); Jaire Alexander, CB (1); Aaron Jones, RB (1)
All but Jones were selected as starters. Rodgers was selected for the ninth time, joining him with Forest Gregg and Brett Favre for most in team history. Adams is the first Packers receiver to make four back-to-back Pro Bowls since James Lofton made six in a row (1980-85). Jenkins and Alexander are the first selection designs by GM Brian Gutekunst. Perhaps the biggest nudge was kicker Mason Crosby, who hasn’t missed a field goal this season.
Did you know? This is the most original Pro Bowl selection for the packers as they also had seven in 2011. – Rob Demovsky
Pro bowler: Dalvin Cook, RB (2); Justin Jefferson, WR (1)
Cook’s second Pro Bowl in a row comes as the best NFC to run back after a leading fan vote. The 25-year-old was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November and scored his eighth 100-yard rushing game of the season in week 15. In doing so, he linked Robert Smith with the third-most 100-yard rushing games one season in franchise history. Cook leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage (1,833) and is linked to Tennessee’s Derrick Henry with 15 quick touchdowns. Jefferson is one of three Vikings inducted into the Pro Bowl as a rookie. He joins Randy Moss and Sammy White the day after setting a franchise rookie record for catches (73). Jefferson became the fifth player in NFL history to record six 100-yard reception games as a rookie, topping all receivers in the first year with 1,182 yards.
Did you know? This is the first season since 2014 that the Vikings have not been able to attract a defensive player to the Pro Bowl.– Courtney Cronin
Pro bowler: Grady Jarrett, DT (2); Younghoe Koo, K (1)
Jarrett is one of the most dominant center-backs in the league with four sacks, seven tackles against loss, 48 tackles, a fiddly recovery, and 48 quarterback hits. He has 25 combined pressures and was a bright spot on a fighting team. Younghoe Koo recovered from his early career struggles with the Chargers and became one of the most dynamic kickers in the league, scoring 35 out of 36 field goals, including all eight from 50 yards or more. Calvin Ridley might have been a consideration with a season of 77 catches, 1,192 yards, and nine touchdowns.
Did you know? This is the first time since 2013 that Julio Jones has not made the Pro Bowl, and the first time since 2007 that a Falcons running back, tight end or wide receiver has not been in the Pro Bowl. Since then, Michael Turner, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, Devonta Freeman, Austin Hooper and Jones have represented Atlanta. – Michael Rothstein
Pro bowler: None
Carolina had some players who deserved attention and they might have made it as substitutes if those had been selected. Defensive End Brian Burns, who emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the NFL and ranked in the top 5 pass rush win rate with eight sacks, three forced fumbling, 20 quarterback hits, and seven tackles against loss. Broad receivers Robby Anderson and DJ Moore both beat 1,000 yards to get into the top 10, but they scored six TDs between them.
Did you know? This is the first time since 2012 (Luke Kuechly’s rookie year) that Carolina hasn’t picked a player for the All-Star team. Kuechly made it through the next seven seasons before retiring. – David Newton
Pro bowler: Cameron Jordan, DE (6), Alvin Kamara, RB (4), Marshon Lattimore, CB (3), Terron Armstead, OT (3), Andrus Peat, G (3)
That list is a little thinner than last year when the Saints had a team record of seven players and ended with eleven, including substitutes. Drew Brees and Michael Thomas are notable absences during injury-ridden seasons. Other notable snubs: LB Demario Davis and RT Ryan Ramczyk, who never made the Pro Bowl despite being named first-team all-pro last year; and DE Trey Hendrickson, who is tied at 12.5 for the NFL bag guide. Arguably the most deserving name on this year’s list, Kamara has now made the Pro Bowl for all four years of his career (twice as an alternative).
Did you know? Brees missed the chance to land Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Tony Gonzalez, Merlin Olsen and Bruce Matthews for the NFL record with 14 Pro Bowl selections. Of course, Brady also missed the chance to finish first on his own. No respect for the old guard. – Mike Triplet
Pro bowler: Jason Pierre-Paul, LB (3)
Ein Jahr nach dem Bruch von zwei Wirbeln im Nacken, wobei sich einige Mitglieder der Bucs-Organisation fragten, ob er jemals wieder Fußball spielen könnte, wurde Pierre-Paul zum dritten Mal in seiner Karriere und zum ersten Mal als in den Pro Bowl gewählt ein Freibeuter (seine beiden anderen Auftritte kamen 2011 und 2012 als Mitglied der New York Giants). Die 9,5 Säcke von Pierre-Paul stehen an siebter Stelle in der Liga und an dritter Stelle unter den externen Linebackern. Pierre-Paul ist der einzige Spieler in der Liga in dieser Saison mit 5,0-Säcken und mehreren Interceptions (2).
Hast Du gewusst? Die Bucs und Dolphins, beide 9-5, sind laut ESPN Statistics & Information die einzigen beiden Teams mit Siegerrekorden, die nicht mehrere Pro Bowler haben. Der größte Stupser der Bucs ist Devin White, der 8,0 Säcke, 130 kombinierte Zweikämpfe, 13 Zweikämpfe für einen Verlust, ein erzwungenes Fummeln und eine fummelige Erholung von der inneren Linebacker-Position hat. – Jenna Laine
Pro Bowler: Kyler Murray, QB (1); DeAndre Hopkins, WR (5); Budda Baker, SS (3)
Murray wurde für seinen ersten Pro Bowl ausgewählt, nachdem er in der letzten Saison zum Stellvertreter ernannt worden war. Murray ist Zweiter in der Liga unter den Quarterbacks in Rushing Yards und belegt mit 11 Rushing Touchdowns den ersten Platz, während er bisher 3.637 Yards geworfen hat. Murrays Lieblingsziel ist auch der Pro Bowl. Hopkins wurde zu seinem fünften Pro Bowl und vierten Straight gewählt. Er führt die NFL beim Empfang von Yards (1.324) an und ist Zweiter bei Empfängen (103), wobei er 1.000 Yards für das vierte Jahr in Folge und 100 Empfänge für das dritte Jahr in den Schatten stellt. Bakers zweite Pro Bowl-Auswahl in Folge folgte ihm, als er die bestbezahlte Sicherheit in der NFL wurde. Er hat weiterhin gezeigt, dass er das Geld wert ist mit 104 Tackles, zwei Picks, zwei Säcken und einem erzwungenen Fummeln.
Hast Du gewusst? Murray ist der erste Quarterback in der Geschichte der Cardinals, der in seinen ersten beiden NFL-Spielzeiten für den Pro Bowl ausgewählt wurde, und er ist der jüngste Quarterback (23), der einen Pro Bowl-Zuschlag für das Franchise erhalten hat. – Josh Weinfuss
Pro Bowler: Aaron Donald, DT (7), Jalen Ramsey, CB (4)
Donald hat jede Saison Pro Bowl-Ehrungen erhalten, seit er 2014 mit der 13. Gesamtselektion eingezogen wurde, während Ramsey sein viertes Pro Bowl-Nicken in Folge erhält. Beide haben wesentlich zu einer Verteidigung beigetragen, die in dieser Saison an zweiter Stelle in der Effizienz steht. Donald ist der erste in der NFL, zusammen mit Trey Hendrickson, dem defensiven Ende der New Orleans Saints, mit 12,5 Säcken und er belegt mit 49 Drücken den zweiten Platz in der Liga. Ramsey hat seine Vielseitigkeit unter dem Koordinator des ersten Jahres, Brandon Staley, unter Beweis gestellt. Er hat nicht nur seinen Status als führender Lockdown-Eckpfeiler gegenüber einigen der besten Empfänger der Liga beibehalten, sondern auch gezeigt, dass er als Hybrid-Linebacker sowohl drinnen als auch draußen und sogar als Linebacker auftreten kann . Ramsey hat in dieser Saison eine Interception und drei Pass-Trennungen.
Hast Du gewusst? Dies ist die zweite Saison in Folge, in der Donald und Ramsey die einzigen Pro Bowl-Picks der Rams sind. – Lindsey Thiry
Pro Bowler: Kyle Juszczyk, FB (5), Fred Warner, LB (1), Trent Williams, LT (8)
Da viele ihrer offensichtlichen Pro Bowl-Talente den größten Teil des Jahres mit Verletzungen zu tun hatten, gelang es den Niners immer noch, drei auszuwählen. Dies sind fünf aufeinanderfolgende Pro Bowl-Liegeplätze für Juszczyk, der an seiner Position weiterhin der Goldstandard ist. Nach einem Jahr ohne Fußball ist Williams größtenteils in Form zurückgekehrt und hat seinen Platz als einer der besten Zweikämpfe der Liga zurückerobert. So gut Warner auch war, es ist eine Überraschung, dass dies nur seine erste Auswahl ist, aber es ist wahrscheinlich eine von vielen, die kommen werden. One thing all three San Francisco Pro Bowlers have in common? They’re set to cash in on new contracts or extensions this offseason.
Did you know? Williams is the first 49ers offensive tackle not named Joe Staley to be selected for the Pro Bowl since Harris Barton in 1993, which is fitting since the Niners traded for Williams to be the retired Staley’s replacement.— Nick Wagoner
Pro Bowlers: Russell Wilson, QB (8) DK Metcalf, WR (1), Bobby Wagner, LB, (7), Jamal Adams, SS, (3), Quandre Diggs, FS, (1), Nick Bellore, ST, (1), Tyler Ott, LS, (1)
Wilson was a no-brainer while ranking second in passing touchdowns with a franchise-record 37. Same with Metcalf, who’s third among receivers with 1,223 yards. Wagner, a Pro Bowl fixture, is sixth in the NFL in tackles while Adams’ 9.5 sacks are the most by a DB in NFL history. That made them easy calls as well. Duane Brown (tied for third among tackles in ESPN’s Pass Block Win Rate) had a strong case for the Pro Bowl as did Michael Dickson, who is fourth in net punting average and has downed a league-high six punts inside the 5 (though two came Sunday). Jason Myers is 20 for 20 on field goals, including a franchise-record 61-yarder, but the Falcons’ Younghoe Koo was more deserving for the NFC’s lone nod as he’s gone 35 of 36.
Did you know? The Seahawks’ seven Pro Bowl selections is tied for the most in club history. Wilson, Metcalf, Wagner, Diggs and Bellore topped their positions in NFC fan voting, with Wilson receiving the second-most fan votes league-wide behind Patrick Mahomes. Wilson’s eight Pro Bowls are tied with Cortez Kennedy for second-most in club history behind Walter Jones’ nine. — Brady Henderson