Washington packs Pro Bowl ballot
November, 18, 2008
Three weeks remain in fan voting for the Pro Bowl, and Redskins fans are doing their best to get as many Washington players to Hawaii. They have 25 players among the top five in all the positions. That's eight more than the next closest teams, the Steelers and Giants. Redskins make up four starting offensive linemen, the starting backfield of Clinton Portis and Mike Sellers, wide receiver Santana Moss and each of the four specialists, including punter Ryan Plackemeier and kicker Shaun Suisham. Fan voting counts for about a third of the total numbers. Coaches and players vote next month. Giants line up: Offensive linemen are usually anonymous, but the Giants' trip to the Super Bowl is having the same impact for their guys as for the Patriots during their unbeaten regular season in 2007. In the fan voting for the Pro Bowl, which started Oct. 13, tackles David Diehl and Kareem McKenzie are third and fourth at their positions, guard Chris Snee is third and center Shaun O'Hara is second. The Giants' offensive line, considered the best in football, should get at least three, and maybe as many as four players to the Pro Bowl. South getting shut out: Despite having four teams with .500 records or better, the NFC South is getting no respect in Pro Bowl voting ... again. It took an injury for the NFC South to have any representatives in the Pro Bowl last year, when Jeff Garcia of the Bucs went at the last minute. The NFC South has only nine players voted among the top five at their positions. Defensive end Julius Peppers is the only Panther in the top five, even though Carolina is 8-2. He's fourth at defensive end, and only three go to the Pro Bowl. Cornerback Ronde Barber is the only Buccaneer, and he's fifth. The worst division, naturally, is the NFC West. Only five players in the NFC West are among the top five at their positions, and four of them are Cardinals. No members of the Seahawks or Rams are among the top five.