Six Minnesota Vikings in top-10 for positional Pro Bowl voting

Six Vikings are in the top 10 at their positions among fan voting for the Pro Bowl, two from each phase of the game, but none are in the top 10 overall.

Adrian Peterson leads the NFL in rushing and leads the Minnesota Vikings among voting in Pro Bowl balloting of fans at

Peterson is third among NFL running backs with 194,339 votes, behind Devonta Freeman and Todd Gurley. Besides those three, no other running back has received more than 110,000 votes.

Gurley has about a 10,000-vote lead on Peterson and Freeman is another 40,000 votes ahead of Gurley.

With Peterson the rushing leader, his fullback, Zach Line, is seventh in voting at that position, but there is a wide margin between him and the top two. Line has 26,175 votes while Mike Tolbert (Panthers) and Marcel Reece (Raiders) each have more than 152,000 votes.

On defense, middle linebacker Eric Kendricks is in eighth place at his position with 32,635 votes, but that’s more than 90,000 votes shy of the leader, Carolina’s Luke Kuechly.

The only Vikings defensive back to make it into the top 10 in fan voting at his position is free safety Harrison Smith, who has 26,583 votes, good for seventh place. That’s still fewer than half the votes of the top two at free safety, Panthers safety Kurt Coleman and Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu.

Blair Walsh is 10th in votes among kickers with 16,089 votes, more than 90,000 votes short of leader Stephen Gostkowksi of the Patriots.

Adam Thielen just made the top-10 cut among specialists in fan voting with 17,481 votes, but it’s former Viking Joe Webb leading that category with more than 57,000 votes.

Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 players who will be eligible for the Pro Bowl draft.

NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Dec. 18.

Pro Bowlers will be announced on Dec. 22, assigned to a Pro Bowl team on Jan. 27 with the game itself being played on Jan. 31 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.


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