How is AFC East faring in Pro Bowl votes?
Brett Favre is the AFC's most popular quarterback in balloting for the Pro Bowl.
Favre ranks third among all NFL players with 402,514 votes in fan-based balloting, which continues until Dec. 9. Fan balloting counts for one-third of the process, with players and coaches also helping decide who goes to Honolulu.
Among AFC East players, what I found most interesting about the early returns is the dearth of Buffalo Bills among the top five at the various positions. Bills fans are passionate, especially when their team is winning, and online balloting began Oct. 13.
Here are the position-by-position results and how AFC East players rank within the conference:
1. Brett Favre, Jets (402,514)
Comment: He has almost 94,000 more votes than second-place Jay Cutler.
3. Tony Richardson, Jets (70,237)
Comment: LeRon McClain of the Ravens is first with about 25,000 more votes.
Comment: That's understandable, given the number of play-makers at this position in the conference.
1. Jake Long, Dolphins (108,943)
2. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jets (95,675)
3. Matt Light, Patriots (80,270)
Comment: Nice representation for the AFC East. Fittingly, the only one missing is Pro Bowler Jason Peters, who unsuccessfully held out for a new contract and has struggled.
Comment: No Richard Seymour?
3. Marcus Stroud, Bills (80,981)
4. Kris Jenkins, Jets (74,343)
Comment: Jenkins deserves a higher ranking, but you can't argue with Albert Haynesworth being first with 206,925 votes.
1. Joey Porter, Dolphins (151,463)
Comment: He's leading the NFL with 13.5 sacks.
Comment: Darrelle Revis is being victimized by some big names ahead of him, but the coaches and players will notice.
4. Brian Moorman, Bills (37,407)
Comment: It's close at a position that generates few votes.