Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
It has never been said that the Minnesota Vikings don't have plenty of individual talent on the roster. Even in 2011, when the team was going 3-13, it was acknowledged that the team had plenty of stars at certain positions, but the team was lacking as a whole. Now, with the Vikings at 6-5 (even though they've gotten there in a roller-coaster fashion), there are still some players on pace to make a trip to Hawai'i for the Pro Bowl.
As you'd expect, Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson is leading the way for NFC running backs, as he should be. He's also the fifth-leading vote getting overall, trailing (in order) Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Even though he's having a down year, defensive end Jared Allen still leads all NFC players in voting at that position. In another result that shouldn't come as much of a surprise, Percy Harvin is leading in votes for the kick return spot on the NFC Pro Bowl team.
The biggest surprise is actually a pretty pleasant one for Vikings' fans. The leading vote-getter at
left tackle in the NFC is none other than rookie Matt Kalil. Kalil has been pretty outstanding as a rookie, and it says a lot about the level of talent that he possesses that, after just 11 NFL starts, he might already be the best left tackle in the conference.
Another surprise is a bit less pleasant. The leading vote-getter at the kicker spot is not The Blair Walsh Project™, but rather San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers. I'm not sure if Akers is having a better season than Walsh. . .but I do know that Walsh is having a hell of a season for the Vikings thus far.
You can cast your Pro Bowl ballot by going to NFL.com. Help a few Vikings that deserve it get a trip to Hawai'i, ladies and gentlemen!