Patriots lead AFC East in Pro Bowl voting


Winning and popularity often go hand and hand.

Want proof? Look no further than the NFL Pro Bowl voting.

The reigning AFC champion New England Patriots are dominating the fan voting from the division. They have two of the top-seven players overall in quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski. Fans also have three New England players voted in the starting lineup: Gronkowski, linebacker Jerod Mayo and guard Logan Mankins. Brady is the second-leading vote getter but trails Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning at his position.

One of the more interesting fan votes is Miami Dolphins punter Brandon Fields. He's been underrated for years and is finally getting noticed.

Fields, who averages 50.4 yards per punt, is trying to make his first Pro Bowl this year.