Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Only three Ravens in Pro Bowl's top 10
By Jamison Hensley
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Where's the love for the defending Super Bowl champions? More specifically, where are the votes for them?
Only three Ravens -- outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, fullback Vonta Leach and kicker Justin Tucker -- are in the top 10 of the latest Pro Bowl voting results, which were released by the NFL on Wednesday.
The Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. The voting for fans ends Dec. 26.
To be fair, the Ravens haven't had standout seasons from many of their players. But it's a significant snub that returner Jacoby Jones, guard Marshal Yanda and inside linebacker Daryl Smith aren't in the top 10 in voting. Also, I thought four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata would be in the top 10 based on reputation alone.
Suggs, who is second on the Ravens with nine sacks, is third among outside linebackers with 250,089 votes. He's trailing Kansas City's Tamba Hali and Indianapolis' Robert Mathis.
Leach is third among fullbacks despite having his role significantly reduced. Carolina's Mike Tolbert and Cleveland's Chris Ogbonnaya are ahead of him.
The most surprising part of the Pro Bowl balloting for the Ravens is the lack of votes for Tucker, who has made 27 straight field goals -- the longest active streak in the league. Tucker is eighth among kickers with 58,639 votes. New England's Stephen Gostkowski is first with 177,009 votes.
NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Dec. 23-26. The Pro Bowl players will be announced on Dec. 27.