Adrian Peterson is Vikings’ lone Pro Bowl representative

The Vikings were one of 11 teams with one or no Pro Bowl selections, but the only winning team of those 11. Adrian Peterson is the lone representative for Minnesota for now.

There were high hopes that the Minnesota Vikings, given their increased success in 2015, would see players like Anthony Barr, Linval Joseph and Harrison Smith make the Pro Bowl team.

Those hopes got dashed Tuesday, as Adrian Peterson was the only player selected to the squad. There is still a hope that more Vikings will make the squad as players either drop out due to injury or are members of the two Super Bowl teams, but, for now, it’s only A.P.

It was the seventh Pro Bowl selection for Peterson, tied for fourth-most in franchise history with tackle Ron Yary. Peterson trails only DT Randall McDaniel (11), DT Alan Page (9) and WR Cris Carter (8) for the most selections in team history.

The Vikings’ Pro Bowl snub came as something of a surprise since they were only one of 11 teams that had one or zero players selected.

Six teams won’t be represented in this year’s Pro Bowl – Chicago, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New Orleans, San Diego and Tennessee. The Vikings were one of five teams that had just one player selected, along with Buffalo, Miami, the Giants and Washington. Of those 11 teams, the Vikings, at 9-5, are the only team with a winning record.

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As expected, the comparisons for the Vikings to make the Pro Bowl were going to cross directly with the power teams of the NFC – Carolina, Arizona and Seattle. Those teams combined to have 24 players selected – 28 percent of all the players picked.

Unbeaten Carolina led the way with 10 players selected. Arizona and Seattle had seven each, tying with New England for the second-most players picked.

Here is a breakdown by the number of Pro Bowl selectees by team:

  • 10 – Carolina
  • 7 – Arizona, New England, Seattle
  • 5 – Cincinnati, Kansas City
  • 4 – Dallas, Denver
  • 3 – Green Bay, New York Jets, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis 
  • 2 – Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, San Francisco, Tampa Bay
  • 1 – Buffalo, Miami, Minnesota, New York Giants, Washington
  • 0 – Chicago, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New Orleans, San Diego, Tennessee

While there is still a chance that players like Smith, Barr and Joseph may still get the call to the Pro Bowl, there has to be a certain sense of disappointment that only Peterson got selected, but, ever the motivational speaker that focuses on players feeling insulted, you can bet Mike Zimmer will find a way to turn things around and make it seem that the Vikings are a team rather than a collection of individual stars – although he may change his tune next year if a handful of Vikings get the Pro Bowl call to duty.

PRO BOWL NOTES

  • The NFC North as a group won’t be well-represented. Only six players from the entire division got named. Green Bay has three (QB Aaron Rodgers, LB Clay Matthews and guard Josh Sitton), Detroit has two (WR Calvin Johnson and DE Ziggy Ansah), the Vikings had one (Peterson) and the Bears had none.
  • Almost half of Carolina’s starters got selected, including QB Cam Newton, RB Jonathan Stewart, TE Greg Olsen, FB Mike Tolbert, guard Trae Turner and center Ryan Kalil (Matt Kalil’s brother) on offense and DT Kawann Short, LBs Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis and cornerback Josh Norman on defense.
  • Three of Seattle’s secondary starters for the Legion of Boom got selected – cornerback Richard Sherman and safeties Earl Thomas and Cam Chancellor.
  • All four of Denver’s Pro Bowlers are from the defensive side of the ball – linebackers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware and cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris.
  • NFC West rival Kansas City matched Denver’s defensive Pro Bowl bonanza, having two linebackers named (Tamba Hali and Justin Houston) and two defensive backs (cornerback Marcus Peters and safety Eric Berry).
  • Cleveland may stink, but two perennial Pro Bowl offensive linemen got selected again – tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack.
  • Dallas may stink as bad as Cleveland, but its offensive line gets plenty of respect. Three of the Cowboys’ starting five O-linemen got selected – tackle Tyron Smith, guard Zack Martin and center Travis Frederick.
  • None of Philadelphia’s running backs made the Pro Bowl, but the guy they traded away, LeSean McCoy, is heading back to the all-star game.


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