Falcons getting Pro Bowl attention

November, 29, 2012
11/29/12
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ATLANTA -- All throughout a 10-1 start, I’ve constantly heard from Atlanta fans about how the Falcons aren’t getting enough respect on a national level.

Well, maybe that’s starting to change.

I’ve got some updated numbers on Pro Bowl balloting, and the Falcons are pretty well represented. Fan voting continues until mid-December, and coaches and players will vote later in December. Fans, players and coaches each count as one third of the vote.

At the moment, Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez and guard Justin Blalock would be Pro Bowl starters, based only on the current fan vote. Tampa Bay safety Ronde Barber and New Orleans punter Thomas Morstead also would be NFC starters.

But the Falcons have a slew of players that are in the top five at their positions. Let’s take a look at which NFC South players rank in the top five in fan voting:

Quarterback
Running back
Fullback
Wide receiver
Tight end
  • Tony Gonzalez, Falcons, No. 1
Tackle
Guard
  • Justin Blalock, Falcons, No. 2
Center
Defensive end
Defensive tackle
Outside linebacker
  • None in top five
Inside linebacker
  • None in top five
Cornerbacks
  • None in top five
Strong safety
Free safety
  • Ronde Barber, Buccaneers, No. 1
Kicker
Punter
  • Thomas Morstead, Saints, No. 1
Returner
  • None in top five
Special teamer

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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