Four Vikings Receive Pro Bowl Nods

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 26, 2012 – 6:05 pm

The results are in, and 4 Vikings have been named Pro Bowlers.

This year’s Vikings Pro Bowlers are:

DE Jared Allen – For the 5th time as a Viking (in as many seasons) and for the 7th time in his career, Allen has double-digit sacks. Coming off a 22.0-sack season in 2011, almost any number would represent a decrease this season. But Allen has come back from his near-record sack total a season ago to post another strong total in 2012 with 11.0 through 15 games. Allen has 3 multi-sack games this season and he’s registered a sack in 8 of the team’s 15 games, including 2.0 sacks in last week’s win over the Houston Texans. This will be the 5th Pro Bowl of Allen’s career.

FB Jerome Felton – It can be hard to measure a FB’s impact on an offense. But if you’ve watched Vikings football this season, it’s not been hard to notice how well Felton is playing as a lead blocker for Adrian Peterson. You’ll read more about Peterson below, and keep in mind that Felton is a big part of that success. The Vikings rank 3rd in rushing this season and 1st in yards per carry. Also, the Vikings 2,417 rushing yards as a team, the Vikings rank 3rd in franchise history and are 217 rushing yards away from setting the franchise record (2,634 – 2007).

RB Adrian Peterson: He leads the NFL in rushing yards (1,898) and scrimmage yards (2,023). He’s also tied for 2nd in rushing TDs with 11. Peterson is averaging 6.0 yards per carry, has tied Barry Sanders for 50-yard runs in a season with 7, is one 150-yard game shy of the NFL record and is 102 yards shy of the 2,000-yard mark and 208 yards shy from breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105. This is Peterson’s 5th Pro Bowl appearance.

K Blair Walsh – He’s been the NFL’s best kicker this season, going 32 of 55 (94.1%) on FGs this season, including a perfect 9 of 9 from 50+. His 9 FGs from 50+ yards are a team and NFL single-season record. He’s 3 FGs shy of tying Gary Anderson’s team record for FGs in a season, and he’s already set a new rookie scoring record (128) and a single-season record for touchbacks (49).

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23 Responses to “Four Vikings Receive Pro Bowl Nods”

  1. By Erik the Red on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    How did Kalil not make it? What is this nonsense. And I didn’t realize Felton would make it in

  2. By john 61 on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    felton should have made it,i think kail should have made it,greenway was robed,but we got 4 in the bowl,we just need to win out ,vikes all the way

  3. By caliviking on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    theres no way he went 32 of 55 this year …that sounds like his college stats… 32 of 55 aint 94 percent

  4. By caliviking on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    that means walsh missed 23 field goals…i mustve been taking a lotta p!sses if that was true cuz i cant remember him missing more than 4 or 5

  5. By caliviking on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    we should have 5 probowlers …greenway should be on the list

  6. By Parkway on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Seems like Allen has been a ghost. Not sure how the leading tackler in the league in Greenway doesn’t make it?

  7. By john 61 on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    allen hasnt got his sacks but hes played better footbal more team then himself,

  8. By Dueyz on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry there were so many didn’t make it. Chad Greenway tops my list. Matt Kalil, as well. Winfield, Smith, and Rudolph put up numbers that made me feel like they were great. Sorry to all these guys (especially Winfield who will likely not have many opportunities left and played lights out).

    I have to say my favorite pick is Walsh. Kickers have to do so much to get recognized. I think they’re gonna have to make the goal posts higher and more narrow for this guy, lol. It’s nice to have a knock out, clutch, game sealing caliber kicker on our team again. My only concern is how tough he just made his NFL road ahead; he set the bar really high his first year. This will be a tough act to follow for Walsh’s career. That 56 yarder @ HOU could’ve been a 65 yarder, and he would’ve made it! But for now, he can take this trophy back to whatever Umpa Lumpa-Munchkins villiage kickers like him hail from and be proud.

  9. By Immure on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    By Parkway on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Seems like Allen has been a ghost. Not sure how the leading tackler in the league in Greenway doesn’t make it?

    Technically Greenway isn’t the leading tackler in the league Luke Kuechly is. But I agree Greenway got snubbed and usually never get the credit he deserves. Its seems like the only thing that the voters care about is sacks and big name players.

  10. By Dueyz on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Blair Walsh is 32 of 35, not 32 of 55. Don’t type too fast, Wobby.

  11. By Erik the Red on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Second post Wobby mixed up the numbers on Walsh. First he was 32 of 25, now he is 32 of 55? Went from over %100 accuracy to almost %50 accuracy.

  12. By john 61 on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    if we play good football we will win this game , by 3

  13. By Dueyz on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I wasn’t expecting playoffs this year. Many of you were, and good for you guys for being positive. I figured 6, 7, or 8 wins would’ve showed be that a rebuilding team was genuinely improving. Even the possibility is more than I expected. But I’ll sit on the edge of my seat, and hope we find some magic to do something…UNexpected. SKOL!!!

  14. By okello on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    wow thats it what about percy harvin even though he is injured chris kluwe harrison smith

  15. By Allstar121 on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    32 of 35 field goals, not 32 of 55

  16. By James on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Wow!!! Clay made it to the pro bowl roster and not greenway!!!! Clay haven’t done anything all year!

  17. By dan smith on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    We don’t need much more incentive to hush the nay-sayers about this special viking team, but snubbing our whole offensive line from the pro bowl has to get our teams blood boiling. The best way to remedy that is a trip to the Super Bowl, because then all of us won’t go because we got better things to do, like bring the Lombardi trophy home. See you in New Orleans when A P takes the MVP of the Super Bowl along with league MVP.

  18. By RichardA1 on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    No mercy on the pack once they are on the Vikings turf! no escape, your are as good as dead meat! have fear Pack, fear the vikings, no where to hide, no where to run!

  19. By MuskyFever on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    I’m actually a little frusterated that Greenway was not selected. Clearly its not really about talent or even a season. It’s more about what players know more people and are in good with the rest of the NFL. Like take Jared Allen for example. He has had an OK year. Nothing special about 9.5 sacks in 15 games. Sure he gets pressure, and last year he was a beast… but this year he has not been the DOMINANTE wrangler Allen that we all know he can be.

    Then you have Greenway…ummm… WHO IS LEADING THE NFL IN TACKLES!!!!!!! Yet he is not in the pro-bowl. The Pro-bowl is stupid anyway, I dont even know why we have it. IT’s not like the players actually try during this game. It’s a joke IMHO. I like the idea of choosing people for “honors awards (pro-bowl selection) if you will. But the game is just dumb. Get rid of the game. No one watches it anyway.

  20. By MuskyFever on Dec 27, 2012 | Reply

    It’s not about who played the best, it’s a popularity contest. Matthews apparently has more friends than Chad Greenway…

  21. By Eddie Hackett on Dec 28, 2012 | Reply

    Actually, it’s easy to measure Felton’s impact on the offense. As of week 14, Adrian was averaging 7.7 ypc out of a 2-back set as opposed to 3.6 ypc in other sets.

  22. By vikesarebeast121 on Dec 29, 2012 | Reply

    Thats up their should atleast be 9 viking players in the pro bowl..Chad Greenway, Harrison smith, Winfield, Brinkley, H3ll percy harvin should be on their too…F#ck pro bowl voting its stupid..the players should be able to vote..

  23. By ralph dresh on Dec 30, 2012 | Reply

    I agree that Chad should have been on the pro bowl team. The pro bowl
    being useless I also buy into. The Vikings are playing really good and also
    deserve to be in the playoffs. I hope they go all the way. They look like they
    could. I personally am a Bears fan, but they need a lot, starting with a new
    head coach and a dozen or so players.

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