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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Which Vikings deserve to go to the Pro Bowl?

Here's who I think deserves to go from the Vikings:
* CB Antoine Winfield. He's third on the team with 71 tackles, and he's tied for the team lead in interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown. He also has a respectable seven tackles for loss, a surprising number given his position, and he's second with 11 special teams tackles.

* DT Pat Williams. Who cares about stats. Just watch a Vikings game, and you realize how important Pat is in the middle. He commands double teams, and he still makes his share of plays. He's a disruptive force, and he's second on the team with eight tackles for loss.

* DT Kevin Williams. He has not had many sacks lately. But Kevin still has five, and he also has eight tackles for loss, in addition to two forced and recovered fumbles. His 43 quarterback hurries seems inflated to me.
Both players don't deserve it? How do you figure, since this defense is threatening to break the league record for fewest rushing yards allowed. The entire defense plays a part in that. But none bigger than the Williams Wall.

* G Steve Hutchinson. Reputation certainly helps him. But Hutchinson has really been playing at a high level of late.

* C Matt Birk. I thought he got off to a slow start. But based on his reputation and his recent play, I think Birk will get back in.

* RB Chester Taylor. He's fourth in the NFC in rushing yards. But Thomas Jones of the Bears and the Brian Westbrook of the Eagles could keep him from going on a free trip to Hawaii.

The teams will be announced Dec. 19.

Did I miss anyone? Do one of these players not deserve to go?


Blogger Rich said...

I could argue T - Bryant McKinnie might be earning a pro bowl vote or two, not likely getting the plane ticket, but his number isn't heard much on the overhead speakers - and, for an O-lineman, that's praise. The run game definitely benefits from Birk and Hutch, but he's watching the QBs blind side and, for the most part, has done well.

On the other side of the ball, definitely the D-inside line, as you mentioned and Winfield. But Harris, while maybe not pro-bowl-worthy, should get "comeback player of the year" for his Jeckyl and Hyde transformation. Granted, that has more to do with Tomlin's play calling and schemes, but still - many of us thought the Moss trade was a bust last year...and he's starting to prove us a wrong. I mean...look at Moss' stats compared to Harris this year!

2:43 AM  
Blogger W.F. Call said...

Love the comments about Harris. Who's been the bigger impact player for their respective teams? Napoleon by a mile.

Surprised no one's mentioned Sharper. Yeah, he's made a few bonehead gambles, but he's also made some monster plays in helping the defense will us to victory.

My sleeper pick would be Ben Lieber.

10:26 AM  
Blogger roo132 said...

can't agree with mckinnie. if you watch him against speed rushers, he's a revolving door out there. he's a bit overrated and i would not call him one of the elite tackles in the nfc.

8:17 AM  

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