Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen Head a List of Vikings Pro Bowlers

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 23:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs upfield against Daniel Manning #38 of the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Pro Bowl starters were announced Wednesday night, and the Minnesota Vikings were well represented this year on both offense and defense.

Let's take a look at who is slated to go to Hawaii.

 

Adrian Peterson

This shouldn't come as a shock to anyone, since Peterson is leading the league in rushing yards and virtually carrying his team toward the playoffs.

Add to it an unprecedented comeback from a knee injury which many expected to at least limit him this season. Not only has it not limited him, he's had a career year.

Of course players and fans alike voted him as a starter.

 

Jerome Felton

Felton has had as good a season as Peterson, though for very different reasons. The two are very connected, though, as Felton has done great work leading the way for many of Peterson's runs.

The fullback is a position that is slowly fading from use, but Felton is a throwback. He's a hard-hitting lead blocker who also excels in pass protection.

I'm a little surprised by his inclusion, but it's good to see he hasn't been overlooked, especially considering how much he's done for Peterson.

In front of many great running backs are road-grading fullbacks blocking his way clear. Felton is one of those guys.

 

Jared Allen

I am a little shocked by Allen's inclusion, which is largely due to his reputation. He made it in over guys like John Abraham, who had a far bigger impact.

Allen's numbers are down, not just from last year but overall. His tackle numbers are lower than they've been since his rookie season, and his assists, sacks and forced fumbles were all lower than they've been in years.

 

Blair Walsh

Walsh has had a tremendous year, especially for a rookie kicker, as he set a record for kicks over 50 yards, going 9-of-9.

And yes, he's better than St Louis' Greg "Legatron" Zuerlein.

 

Misses

I don't have a big problem with this selection of players. You could make an argument for Chad Greenway, Harrison Smith or Percy Harvin, but Harvin was hurt, Smith is shaky in coverage and Greenway has a lot of competition for a spot at the linebacker position.

If there is one player who was overlooked for sure, it's left tackle Matt Kalil. Considering that he's a rookie, there's a good chance he was overlooked in part because of his potential and the young career.

He's also had some issues in pass protection, which likely added to his being overlooked. That said, expect to see a lot of Kalil in Hawaii down the road.

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