The Vikings are 3-1 and I've been high on the .750 win %. But I heard an NFL commentator say something that interested me. He labeled Harvin as a "pro-bowl" player, which he should be (he made the '09 pro-bowl, but because of an injury, if I remember correctly). That had me thinking, "with the vikings' increased coverage on sports networks, how many, vikings have a shot at making a trip to Honolulu?"
I explore some possibilities below:
Percy Harvin: Perhaps the best possibility, He's put up great numbers as a receiver, is a HUGE member of the offense, and has the possibility of making the pro-bowl as a return man.
Kyle Rudolph: If Rudolph can continue to impress, and keep racking up TDs, he has a decent shot at the pro bowl as a 2nd year.
Adrian Peterson: Peterson is always a Pro-Bowl threat, always. He has the reputation, and he continues to put up good numbers. This year, despite the ACL tear, he remains the workhorse of this offense (he now has a partner in Harvin, but nonetheless, is our most respected offensive player)
Jared Allen: This pick is mostly on reputation, he is unlikely to get nearly as many sacks as in 2011, but because people recognize Gerald as our best defensive player, if our defense continues to be dominant, he has a good shot.
Chad Greenway: Greenway's been getting tons of love from the talking heads, mainly, in my opinion, because he's making big plays that weren't there in the past. In addition, he was a pro-bowler last year, and that helps his case.
Matt Kalil: Perhaps a long shot, but I've noticed that most of the top-tier LTs in the league are AFC players, D'Bricksaw, Thomas, and Long are all AFC. Also, our line is significantly better, and that's attributable to his addition. Lastly, people may still remember his name from the draft, and they likely remember that he was drafted amongst the likes of RG3, Luck and Richardson.
Antoine Winfield: Pehaps the soul of our entire defense, evidenced both by the performance against the 49ers and his phenominal on-field play through 4 games. He doesn't have an interception yet, but he's tipped some crucial passes and has been able to take care of the opponent's receivers.
If there's someone I've missed, feel free to post their name in the comments. Hopefully, none of these players will be in Hawaii, and instead are in Louisiana, preparing themselves for Super-Bowl XLVII