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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Robert Mathis only third in Pro Bowl voting

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts linebacker Robert Mathis proved earlier this season that he doesn't need Dwight Freeney on the other side to be an effective pass-rusher.

Mathis leads the NFL in sacks with 15.5 and is a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year.

But Mathis is still not at the top of the Pro Bowl fan voting for outside linebackers. He trails Kansas City’s Tamba Hali (233,738 votes) and Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs (221,617) in the voting. Mathis has 217,191 votes.

I think Mathis should be higher than Hali and Suggs because they both only have nine sacks each. Mathis has also forced five fumbles this season.

Quarterback Andrew Luck and kicker Adam Vinatieri are the only other two Colts in the top 10 in voting at their position.

Luck is sixth amongst quarterbacks with 399,523 votes and the ageless Vinatieri is eighth amongst kickers with 41,848 votes.

To no surprise, Denver’s Peyton Manning leads the voting with 926,432 votes.

Fan voting, which ends Dec. 26, accounts for one-third of the ballot. Coaches and players also have votes that count a third. They vote Dec. 23-26.