The Pro Bowl is the game no one really wants to play in, but everyone wants to make.
The team will be announced on Tuesday, with voting having just closed.
And if Pro Football Focus’ picks of who it thinks should make the game come anywhere close to being accurate, you’ll hear a lot of protesting out of the Seattle locker room, I would think.
PFF has just three Seahawks on the team — RB Marshawn Lynch, DE Michael Bennett and CB Richard Sherman.
It’s hard to argue too much for another offensive player, though Seattle coaches have said they think J.R. Sweezy has played to that level at times this season.
On the other side, though, I think the Seahawks will definitely put up a fuss if a unit ranked as the best in the NFL right now — and essentially going on three years running of being as good as there is in the league — gets just two selections. Bobby Wagner would probably be a slam dunk if not for missing five games. But the way he’s playing, seems like a case could be made, anyway.
I know the Seahawks would argue that Earl Thomas (above in a John Lok photo) should be there, as well, and that if it’s simply a matter of looking at the stats — he has just one interception — that maybe that’s actually indicative of how well he has played that the ball rarely comes his way. Kam Chancellor also maybe is hurt by having missed two games and having had injuries slow him in a few others. Certainly the last month he has played to a Pro Bowl level. Brandon Mebane was also playing at a Pro Bowl level before being injured.
The Seahawks have also tried to pump up the candidacy of Ricardo Lockette as a special teams player.
Seattle had six players make it last season — Chancellor, Thomas, Sherman, Lynch, Russell Wilson and Max Unger.
Since then, Seattle has won a Super Bowl and put itself in a position to get the No. 1 seed in the NFC for a second straight year. Getting half as many Pro Bowl picks in the process would seem a little strange.
In other news. …
- Jayson Jenks examines Seattle’s revived pass rush of the last month.
- Arizona’s offense has changed markedly since the two teams last played.
- Here’s our weekly roundup of where the Seahawks are in various power ratings.
- Seahawks.com says the team’s surest path to the playoffs is to just keep winning.
- Seahawks.com also previews the Cardinals.
- NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks writes that Arizona can beat Seattle with its defense.
- The Seahawks are favored by as many as nine points.
- ESPN says the offensive line needs to protect Wilson against the Cardinals.
- Cliff Avril talks about his interest in real estate, and more.
- The Cardinals plan to keep the same gameplan no matter who is the quarterback.
- No, the Cardinals are not signing Tim Tebow.
- How hard will it be for the Cardinals to keep the Seahawks under 14 points?
- Cardinals hoping all their local fans keep their tickets for Sunday’s game.