The Vikings have eight players who are among the top five in fan voting for the NFC Pro Bowl team.
The Vikings have eight players in the top five of voting among fans to represent their respective positions on the NFC Pro Bowl team. That list includes Adrian Peterson, Matt Kalil, Jared Allen and Percy Harvin (kick returner), who are leading the NFC at their positions.
Peterson is the fifth-leading player overall in the NFL for Pro Bowl voting, second among running backs and first among NFC running backs. Through Tuesday, Peterson had almost 485,000 votes, about 35,000 fewer votes than Houston Texans RB Arian Foster, third overall among NFL players.
Denver's Peyton Manning led the quarterback charge with more than 586,000 votes, more than 50,000 more than Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers was fourth overall with just over 485,000 votes.
Among running backs, Peterson's tally was almost 150,000 more votes than Seattle's Marshawn Lynch was getting, and Lynch was second among NFC running backs.
Kalil leads all tackles in the NFC with 117,564 votes through Tuesday, but San Francisco had two tackles within striking distance of him – Joe Staley with 109,000 and Anthony Davis with 100,000.
Despite missing the last two games with an ankle injury, Harvin is fourth at among receivers in the NFC with more than 195,000 votes, behind the Giants' Victor Cruz (352,000), the Bears' Brandon Marshall (263,000) and the Lions' Calvin Johnson (230,000).
Harvin is also first among kick returners in the NFC with more than 78,000 votes, followed closely by Green Bay's Randall Cobb (72,000) and Chicago's Devin Hester (67,000).
Kyle Rudolph is fifth among NFC tight ends, but it's by a significant margin. He has more than 68,000 votes, but the Cowboys' Jason Witten, who is in fourth place, has more than 129,000. The first three spots are occupied by Atlanta's Ton Gonzalez, New Orleans' Jimmy Graham and San Francisco's Vernon Davis.
It wasn't a surprise that the Vikings didn't have any guards in the in the top five of NFC voting, but center John Sullivan, largely recognized by the media as one of the best centers in the game, didn't make the top five for the NFC. Former Vikings center Matt Birk was second in AFC Pro Bowl voting among fans.
Allen led all NFC defensive ends by a wide margin. He had over 222,000 votes while the New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul was second with 192,000.
At outside linebacker, Chad Greenway was fourth in NFC voting with more than 122,000 votes, but he trailed Green Bay's Clay Matthews (228,000), Dallas' DeMarcus Ware (188,000) and San Francisco's Aldon Smith (132,000).
Rookie Blair Walsh is third among kickers with more than 44,000 votes, trailing San Francisco's David Akers (91,000) and the New York Giants' Lawrence Tynes (60,000). Fellow rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein of St. Louis is close behind Walsh with more than 41,000 votes.
Fan voting accounts for one-third of the total vote to decide which players are considered Pro Bowlers, with coaches and players making up the final two-thirds of the vote.
Fan voting at nfl.com/probowl concludes Dec. 17. The Pro Bowl is Jan. 27 at Ahola Stadium in Honolulu.
Tim Yotter is the publisher of Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.
Vikings have 8 in top-5 Pro Bowl voting
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