With the announcement of the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl Rosters, a few red flags came up. Some players were selected to the rosters, but not as the starter. So, here are my starting picks on offense for the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl.
AFC QB – Tom Brady – New England Patriots – Can’t argue with this one. 36 touchdown passes and only four picks.
NFC QB – Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – Michael Vick was the starter, but Rodgers completed more passes, had more TD’s, and also more yards.
AFC RB – Arian Foster – Houston Texans – Foster led all running backs in rushing yards AND receiving yards. He also had 16 rushing touchdowns and two receiving scores.
NFC RB – Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – About the only thing that worked in Minnesota this year, Peterson should get the nod over Michael Turner thanks to his versatility. Turner only caught 12 passes all year while AP hauled in 36 passes.
AFC FB – Vonta Leach – Houston Texans – He’s the reason Foster had so much room to run. I agree with the voters on this one.
NFC FB – Ovie Mughelli – Atlanta Falcons – If you’re the lead blocker for the conferences leading rusher, why not be named the starter?
AFC WR – Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs and Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – Wayne was voted a starter along with Brandon Lloyd from Denver. Wayne deserves it due to double coverage all year and still hauling in 111 catches. Bowe led all receivers with 15 receiving TD’s.
NFC WR – Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons and Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – White was elected with Calvin Johnson as starters, and I only agree with White. He led all receivers with 115 catches. Fitzgerald did some of his best work with garbage at quarterback this year. Fitzgerald had 90 catches for 1,137 yards drawing double teams non stop.
AFC TE – Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – He led all AFC tight ends with 782 yards despite only playing ten games. I agree on this pick all the way.
NFC TE – Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – I also agree with this one as Witten led all tight ends with 94 catches and 1,002 yards.
AFC C – Nick Mangold – New York Jets – Mangold, along with the rest of the Jets offensive line, did a great job keeping Mark Sanchez upright this season. I like this pick.
NFC C – Andre Gurode – Dallas Cowboys – Not his fault Tony Romo played like garbage when he was healthy.
AFC G – Logan Mankins – New England Patriots and Brian Waters – Kansas City Chiefs – Mankins was named a starter along with Kris Dielman of San Diego, but Waters was busy opening holes for the Chiefs relentless rushing attack.
NFC G – Jahri Evans – New Orleans Saints and Chris Snee – New York Giants – I agree with both of these picks. Evans had to deal with Drew Brees dropping back to pass 658 times this year and the New Orleans line yielded only 25 sacks.
AFC T – Jake Long – Miami Dolphins and Joe Thomas – Cleveland Browns – Long is turning out to be a great blocker in Miami, and I still thought it was amazing that Thomas was busy fishing with his dad when he was drafted third overall in the 2007 NFL draft.
NFC T – Jason Peters – Philadelphia Eagles and Jordan Gross – Carolina Panthers – Peters is solid up front, and that isn’t easy with Vick behind you. Gross is good, but what else did Carolina have work out for them this year?
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All Pro Bowl Rosters are from NFL.com
All stats are from Pro-Football-Reference.com