Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Prediction of Pro Bowl Cowboys
By Tim MacMahon
A prediction of the Dallas Cowboys who will be announced as Pro Bowlers this evening:
WR Miles Austin: He leads the conference in receiving yards (1,230) and ranks second in touchdowns (11). A guy who didn’t start the first four games of the season should be a lock.
TE Jason Witten: He’s made five consecutive Pro Bowls and leads NFC tight ends with 88 catches and 954 yards, coming on strong with three 100-yard games in the last five weeks. Philadelphia’s Brent Celek and San Francisco’s Vernon Davis have strong cases, but one will be snubbed in favor of the incumbent Witten.
LT Flozell Adams: The five-time Pro Bowler has flaws -- starting with his penchant for penalties -- but try to find three healthy tackles in the NFC who are better. He’s been a key part of the league’s third-ranked offense. However, the perception of Adams as a dirty player might hurt him in the voting.
OLB DeMarcus Ware: The three-time Pro Bowler led fan voting at his position by a wide margin. His sack total dropped significantly from last season, but he still leads NFC linebackers with 11. And he ranks third in the NFL with five forced fumbles.
NT Jay Ratliff: How he wasn’t one of the top five fan vote-getters at defensive tackle in the NFC is a mystery. His six sacks rank second among NFC interior pass rushers. His three fumble recoveries are tied for second in the NFL. The relentless Ratliff makes an amazing amount of plays for a 3-4 nose tackle.
P Mat McBriar: He’s pinned opponents inside their 20 on 37 of his 69 punts, the only punter in the NFL to do so more than half the time. He only has two touchbacks. There are four NFC punters with better averages than McBriar, but none have impacted field position as well as him.
Special teamer Sam Hurd: He leads the Cowboys with 19 special teams tackles and is an excellent blocker on returns. He finished second in the fan voting among special teamers.
CB Mike Jenkins: His performance merits a Pro Bowl berth, but he’ll probably be snubbed in favor of Arizona’s Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who received significantly more fan votes.
QB Tony Romo: Due to his drastic reduction in turnovers, this might be the best season of his career. But was he better than New Orleans’ Drew Brees, Minnesota’s Brett Favre and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers?
C Andre Gurode: He’s gone to three straight Pro Bowls and could get voted in again on reputation.
RG Leonard Davis: He hasn’t played as well this season as he did in his previous two Pro Bowl campaigns.