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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
How is AFC East faring in Pro Bowl votes?

Posted by's Tim Graham

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.

Running back
1. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins (284,794)
4. Marshawn Lynch, Bills (154,637)
Comment: The Wildcat has helped propel Brown to prominence, but he's deserving without gadgets.

3. Tony Richardson, Jets (70,237)
Comment: LeRon McClain of the Ravens is first with about 25,000 more votes.

Wide receiver
4. Randy Moss, Patriots (188,138)
Comment: Strictly on reputation. Jets receivers Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery are having seasons every bit as good.

Tight end
Comment: That's understandable, given the number of play-makers at this position in the conference.

3. Nick Mangold, Jets (94,063)
Comment: Surprising not to see Pro Bowler Dan Koppen among the top five.

1. Alan Faneca, Jets (165,610)
4. Derrick Dockery, Bills (61,449)
Comment: Perennial Pro Bowler drawing votes from two fan bases. Pro Bowler Logan Mankins conspicuously missing.

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.

Defensive end
Comment: No Richard Seymour?

Defensive tackle
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.

Outside linebacker
1. Joey Porter, Dolphins (151,463)
Comment: He's leading the NFL with 13.5 sacks.

Inside linebacker
4. Tedy Bruschi, Patriots (49,780)
Comment: That rookie Jerod Mayo isn't ahead of Bruschi ought to be a crime.

Comment: Darrelle Revis is being victimized by some big names ahead of him, but the coaches and players will notice.

Strong safety
4. Donte Whitner, Bills (19,686)
5. Yeremiah Bell, Dolphins (16,721)
Comment: Troy Polamalu is untouchable with 178,764 votes.

Free safety
4. Kerry Rhodes, Jets (33,900)
Comment: Ed Reed is way out in front with 133,666 votes.

Comment: Strange. Stephen Gostkowski leads the AFC in scoring with 91 points. Jay Feely has made several big kicks, but Mike Nugent represents the Jets on the ballot.

4. Brian Moorman, Bills (37,407)
Comment: It's close at a position that generates few votes.

Kick returner
4. Leon Washington, Jets (43,202)
5. Roscoe Parrish, Bills (34,913)
Comment: Darren Sproles has almost twice as many votes as Washington.

Special teamer
2. Larry Izzo, Patriots (43,462)
3. Patrick Cobbs, Dolphins (41,895)
Comment: Balloting is tight. Izzo is only about 3,500 votes behind the Steelers' Anthony Madison.