Three Vikings – Adrian Peterson, Matt Kalil and Jared Allen – still lead their respective positions in NFC Pro Bowl voting among fans. The Vikings also have four other players in the top five in fan voting for the NFC Pro Bowl team.
Peterson, who leads the league with 1,600 yards rushing, is fourth overall in Pro Bowl fan voting, behind Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Arian Foster, but he has moved ahead of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in the last two weeks.
As of Tuesday, Peterson had 669,942 votes, about 235,000 more votes than Seattle's Marshawn Lynch, who is in second place among running backs in the NFC. Houston's Arian Foster leads all running backs with 699,866 votes. In overall voting, Peterson had about 16,000 more votes than Rodgers.
Vikings receiver Percy Harvin is still in fifth place among NFC wide receivers with 213,767 votes, despite not playing in more than a month after an ankle injury ended his season. Two weeks ago, he was in fourth place. The New York Giants' Victor Cruz is leading the conference at the position with 438,665.
Harvin also is second in voting as a kick returner, with 93,400 votes, about 14,000 votes behind Green Bay's Randall Cobb.
Kyle Rudolph is still fifth among NFC tight ends with 89,002 votes, only about 20,000 more votes than he had two weeks ago. NFC leader Tony Gonzalez has more than five times Rudolph's vote total. In between them are Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis and Jason Witten.
Matt Kalil still leads NFC offensive tackles with 158,356 votes, with close to a 4,000-vote lead over San Francisco 49ers' Joe Staley and 15,000 more than the 49ers' Anthony Davis. Kalil's lead over Staley has been cut in half in two weeks.
The Vikings don't have any guards or centers in the top five in NFC voting, so John Sullivan will have to rely on coach and player votes to make up for the difference if he is to get in contention for his first Pro Bowl opportunity.
On defense, Jared Allen leads the conference's defensive ends with 294,865 votes, over 40,000 more than the Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul. Allen's lead over Pierre-Paul has increased by about 10,000 in the last two weeks.
Kevin Williams isn't among the top five in fan voting at defensive tackle.
At outside linebacker, Chad Greenway has maintained his spot in fourth place with 167,916 votes, with the Packers' Clay Matthews leading the way with 296,535 votes, followed by Dallas' DeMarcus Ware and San Francisco's Aldon Smith.
The Vikings don't have any players registering in the top five at middle linebacker or in the secondary. Antoine Winfield had been in fifth place two weeks ago but has since been replaced by Arizona's Patrick Peterson.
Blair Walsh is third in voting among NFC kickers with 56,710 votes, well behind leader David Akers of San Francisco (121,350) and Lawrence Tynes of the Giants (86,535).
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 next Monday, Dec. 17. The Pro Bowl is Jan. 27 at Ahola Stadium in Honolulu.
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