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NFL News and Analysis with Andrew Perloff

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  • 07:08 PM ET  12.18

By the time players bail with minor injuries, anyone who's still upright gets to go to Honolulu. But certain names needed to be on the original list. These 10 guys have me fired up:

  1. Wes Welker, WR, Patriots - Welker deserves serious MVP consideration, let alone a Pro Bowl berth. Just when teams think they have the Patriots stopped, Welker makes a catch and keeps drives going. I'm sure all of New England's opponents voted him in.
  2. Fred Taylor, RB, Jaguars - Finally, Taylor was ready to get the Pro Bowl monkey off his back. And they stiffed him, even though he ranks sixth in the NFL with 1,091 rushing yards and averages 5.1 yards per carry. Joseph Addai is OK, but the Colts' offensive machine runs with or without him.
  3. Gary Brackett, LB, Colts - Brackett has four interceptions and is the leader of the second-best defense in the NFL.
  4. Kellen Winslow, TE, Browns - Winslow's numbers are identical to Tony Gonzalez' (both have 971 yards and five touchdowns), but Winslow has made a bigger impact on a team that's actually going to the playoffs.
  5. Mario Williams, DE, Texans - Williams ranks second in the NFL with 13.5 sacks. I understand Jason Taylor gets in on reputation, but no Dolphin belong on this list.
  6. Derrick Brooks, LB, Buccaneers - People forget about Brooks because he's old, but he, and teammate Barrett Ruud have been great this year and one of the two deserved the nod. Niners rookie Patrick Willis made it for racking up a bunch of tackles, but c'mon, was San Francisco that hard to run on?
  7. Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Raiders - You don't hear anything about him, because no one throws to him. But he's a bona fide shut-down corner who's probably better than the AFC guys who made it.
  8. Nick Barnett, LB, Packers - The Packers' defense is great and every time you watch them you hear Barnett's name seemingly every play.
  9. Charles Woodson, CB, Packers - Like Barnett, Woodson deserves a ton of credit for Green Bay's defensive success.
  10. Plaxico Burress, WR, Giants - His numbers are below other receivers because he's been limited by an ankle injury. But he's carried the Giants offensively and had a much bigger impact on the standings than someone like St. Louis' Torry Holt or Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald. The Saints' Marques Colston deserves consideration as well.

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