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Pro Bowl Voting Open; Greenway Has Earned Consideration

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 29, 2011 – 4:44 pm

We’ve been promoting DE Jared Allen and RB Adrian Peterson as worthy of the fans’ Pro Bowl vote in recent weeks. Those two stars remain deserving of the vote, but another Vikings player is beginning to emerge as a legitimate Pro Bowl candidate – LB Chad Greenway.

Greenway will be the first to acknowledge that he expects a better performance from himself. He opened the season with an impressive 13-tackle outing in San Diego, but then slumped a bit over the next 3 games by tallying single-digit tackles in each of those games. Beginning with a 10-tackle performance against Arizona in Week 5, however, Greenway has been on a tear. He’s had just one single-digit tackle game since October 9, and over the past two games he’s collected 22 and 17 tackles against the Oakland Raiders and Atlanta Falcons, respectively.

Greenway’s 22-tackle effort against the Raiders two weeks ago is behind only Scott Studwell’s 24-tackle gem in 1985 in Vikings history. Greenway followed that up by tallying 17 more stops against Michael Turner and the Falcons in a game where he was clearly the team’s top defensive player. For the season, Greenway has 124 tackles and is on pace for a career-high 181 stops for the season. He leads the team in tackles and if he continues this pace it’ll be the 4th consecutive season that Greenway has led the Vikings in tackles.

As for making the Pro Bowl, Greenway has some work to do. He ranks 3rd in the NFL and 2nd in the NFC in tackles, according to Stats, Inc., and his adjusted total of 124 would rank him 1st. But making the Pro Bowl as a LB requires more than collecting a bunch tackles. Making impact plays, such as forced and recovered fumbles, INTs and sacks is as important as making tackles. Greenway has 1.0 sack on the season and no INTs, that’s the bad news. The good news is that the lone NFC LB with more tackles than Greenway – Washington’s London Fletcher – has just 1.5 sacks and 2 INTs. Those are numbers Greenway could overcome if his current trend of outstanding play continues. Atlanta’s Curtis Lofton, who has 100 tackles, has no sacks and just 1 INT, while San Francisco’s NaVorro Bowman has 97 tackles but no INTs or sacks.

The bottom line is Greenway still has work to do in order to secure a Pro Bowl bid and there are a lot of good LBs in the NFC who appear deserving of a Pro Bowl nod. But there are still 5 games to play on the schedule, which gives Greenway and all of the other top-performing LBs ample amount of time to increase their performance and impress those with the power of the vote.

Speaking of those with the power of the vote, Pro Bowl balloting for fans is going on right now, both online and on web-enabled mobile phones. Balloting will continue through Monday, December 19, so vote now and often for your favorite Vikings. Go to NFL.com/probowl to vote.


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36 Responses to “Pro Bowl Voting Open; Greenway Has Earned Consideration”

  1. By Cali Packers Fan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    That’s the only time you’ll hear “vikings” and “bowl” in the same sentence. Too bad for you fans though, cause you’ll never hear or read the words “vikings” and “Superbowl” in the same sentence, except this one. :-(

  2. By Cali Packers Fan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    SKOL F*** YOURSELFS!!!

  3. By Cali Packers Fan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Oh, and nice loss to the “dirty birdies”!! Maybe you should just ask Santa for a win, not a miracle!! :-o

  4. By ponderfan7 on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    lol packer fan too bad saints will knock u off ur little stool in the playoffs enjoy the view saints have a hot offense and a good defense so be ready SKOL VIKINGS :) o btw SKOL F*** YOURSELF packer fan and get a life

  5. By Twoodsnvikes on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ha cali teams too bad so you had to just jump on a bandwagon huh cali fudge fan? It’s what most cowards do, you’ll fit right in with the GB fans

  6. By Cali Packers Fan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Dear Santa Clause,

    Hi, it’s me, Tinfoil Tightass. Santa, if you hear me, I got a wish. I just want a win. I’m not asking for much, just a win. I know this team sucks, and, I know I’m wasting my time. But it’s not too much to ask is it? I left milk and cookies for you.

    I love you Santa.
    Love..Tinfoil Tightass

  7. By Matt on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Hey “Cali Packers Fan”, the year b4 were u a “Cali Saints Fan” and a “Cali Colts Fan” the year b4 that one?

  8. By Cali Packers Fan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    I jumped on the bandwagon cause I was promised cheese, booz and womens. And the winning thing ain’t bad either. When the rides over, maybe you’ll see posts by Cali Vikings Fan…………………

  9. By Cali Packers Fan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    @DoorMatt

    and a Giants fan, Rams fan, Pats fan, Bucs fan, Ravens fan, Steelers fan. GO WHO EVER WINS THE SUPERBOWL!! Too bad it’ll never be Vikings fan. I always go with winners, and your team will never be one. :-(

  10. By Cali Packers Fan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    @Ponder7

    Beat ‘em in the opener, will beat ‘em in the playoffs. Our offense is on fire, and the defense is startin’ to catch up. Besides, worry about your own team, they need all the support they can get.

  11. By Cali Packers Fan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Sounds like Ponderfan7 wants to SKOL F*** the saints. :-o

  12. By DesertViking on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Good job Vikings Org. people are so tired of this nonsense they don’t want to buy tickets anymore! Heck, I don’t even know why i’m waking up for the vikings early games, it’s just going to put a damper on my week.

    Make changes! Obviously what we’re doing now isn’t working, especially on offense. Bill Musgrave is an idiot, I don’t know if he can tell, but there’s a a HUGE difference between the viking’s o-line and the falcon’s o-line that’s the only reason he had success there. Our o-line can’t even push a shopping cart out of the way.

    The only one of our receiver doing any work is Harvin! Just double team him and no one else can get open, for some weird reason we don’t use our four, YES FOUR, tight ends that we have on our team.

    Ponder is doing it all by himself now with Peterson out. Don’t put him under center, please, by the time he’s finished with his drop-back one of the opponents defenders has either blown right through Sullivan up the middle, or some defensive end had made Loadholt or Johnson look like they should be practice squad members on a mediocre junior college team. Why was Chris DeGreare cut, and why have we not played Love? Makes not sense to me, they can’t don much worse than those so called “starters.”

    Fix something! Many have said on this site that if they messed up during their job they’d be fired! Well, guess what? It’s true! All of these players are getting paid way more than they deserve and it’s doesn’t look like most of them even care about the game anymore.

    Did you see Shiancoe after he completely blew his blocking assignment on that 4&Goal? He walked away from his teammates, didn’t bother to help Gerhart up when it was clearly his fault he got tackled so quickly, and didn’t even look back. Sums up the whole season. No effort, no will, no heart, no chance to win a game.

  13. By DesertViking on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    @Cali Pack Fan

    You must have some secret infatuation with the Vikings if you keep coming back here looking for attention. Yeah, you’ll get a response, but only because we pity you.

  14. By Joey on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    WHY CAN’T WEEEEEEEEE BE FRIENDS, WHY CAN’T WEEEEEEEE BE FRIENDS (:’D

  15. By PBizzle on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Cali fan has got to be a fat ugly chic. No self respecting dude would use smiley faces the way she does. Unless it is a dude and cali smokes pole.

  16. By PBizzle on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    just noticed Brad Childress’s name isn’t on the Tag Roster about time. Skol Indy Vikes need that first round pick. Ponder can be good but he has to play in the windy city and Green Bay, where the wind can be just as bad, and have the arm strength to cut through it. I just don’t see it. Either way would still be nice to be able to trade for two first and some later round picks.

  17. By PBizzle on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    @DesertViking

    I agree with everything. Musgrave is to fancy with the offense. The line can’t pick up a blitz to save Ponder’s life. There is no heart. Everyone walks away from losses smiling away, and the coach seems as calm as a stoner at a Dave Mathews concert after watching his team get beat around. Someone needs to step up and start slapping people. Wake these clowns up.

  18. By Frederick Jones on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    @Derrick G., Dave, TheRealDon, and Frederick Jones,

    TOO many VP’s not enough Indians won’t get it done when it comes to
    your ridiculous drafts, trades, and free agency!

    Wise up!

    HIRE A GENERAL MANAGER!!!

  19. By Frederick Jones on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    @PBizzle and DesertViking,

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIITTT a minute!

    Musgrave too fancy???

    Isn’t that the opposite of run-run-pass the other bloggers accuse him of ???

    PLEASE, my fine-feathered friends, promote the Hiring of a GENERAL MANAGER.

    Let him or her decide if changes need to be made. Why repeat what we did a year ago. DID IT WORK IN 2010???

  20. By Twoodsnvikes on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    We already have a GM are you suggesting to fire Spielman?

  21. By Cali Packers Fan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Yep I smoke pole just like the rest of my Packer brethren. It’s in our name, we can’t stop at fudge packing so we have to get our fill by su ck ing what ever co ck we can.

  22. By Cali Packers Fan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Cheese, booze and “womens” yep I said that, you should see the womens that are packer who res. They are the first generation able to walk on their hind legs! They gotta use a toro trimmer twice a week just to keep the odor down.

  23. By Cali Packers Fan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Yep we may have a good team this year which is great cuz we got no life!!

  24. By Cali Packers Fan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    I’d go Fu$k myself but my pen1s is too small! Mommy!!

  25. By vikelifer on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    @cali packer get back to your own fudge packers why are you on our site anyway,are you soooo big a loser the other real packer fans don’t want you on it.@desert viking very good observation on the offense.

  26. By Cali Packers Fan on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    @vikelifer – I’m just a waste of skin just like most packer fans. Nobody blogs on the packer site cuz nobody has computers in wussconsin. The team is good, I’m a waste of skin.

  27. By Cali Packers Fan on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Ya, thanks desert viking for the imput. I didn’t know i was such a puss. If I was anymore of a puss I’d be one of you guys.

  28. By 61vikings on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    What is this the Bad Girls website!! Your mommys are waiting to tuck you in bed and pick out your clothes for tomorrow!!!! Who cares what this hamburger with cheese has to say!! We can only hope and pray that the Pack goes undefeated and makes it to the SuperBowl, only to lose the same way the Pats did a few years ago, 18-1!! Go Pack Go!! I hope you play the Pats in the SuperBowl and they return the favor to what happened to them!!!!!

  29. By 61vikings on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Back to what is important here and that is talking football, which is what real men do, while there schemping cali packers mom!!
    Chad Greenway has done ok, as the rest of our linebacking crew has been a bust!! The Henderson bros. have not fared well this season and going into this season I thought our LB crew was going to be one of our strong points!! Losing Jasper Brinkley and cutting Heath Farwell was a mistake!! Did anyone ever pick him up?? Going into next years draft, we will need to address the middle linebacker spot!! If not drafted, then through free agency!!

  30. By DieHardViking on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    hey cali loser have some friggen respect, do you see us on your guy’s blog talkin smack no i didnt think so………….

  31. By PURPLEBLOOD on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Cali fudge packer, why are you on this blog you must be looking for some manly attention ? wrong place freak ! you band wagon jumping dyc head . this skit sucks good thing is it’s almost over , change has to come via draft smart and calculating surely we will be top 5 in draft so OL& SECONDARY are must ‘s and this draft is loaded at both, so Fras., SPILL., AND WHOEVER BETTER GET THEIR SHYTT TOGETHER and play the roster out to see what’s there’ and weedout those dead beats! COME ON VIKES LET’S GOOOOOO !

  32. By Puckertrucker on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Cali Packer Fan has no class so why even lower yourselves to answer his words of wit. Just rise above one so low as to consider him/her self a true fan packer or other wise I don’t even know why wobby lest him blog on the vikings web site. with the trash that comes out of his mind. I think that Wobby should oust him.

  33. By jeremy on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks!!!!!! ponderfan7~!!!!

  34. By jeremy on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    @ 61vikings.. Has anyone picked up Ben Leber?

  35. By BLEEDPURPLEANDGOLD on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    Wow. Leave it to a Packers fan to troll on the Vikings website. That truly is low class at its finest.

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