The magical season for the Denver Broncos continued on Wednesday when five were named to the Pro Bowl. That’s what happens when you are 12-3 and one game away from the first-round bye and possibly home-field advantage through the AFC playoffs.
To no one’s surprise; Peyton Manning (starter) will start for the AFC in Hawaii. It is yet another remarkable achievement for someone who wasn’t even sure he would ever be able to play football again. Not only has Manning made it back; he’s just as good as he ever was with the Indianapolis Colts. His 34 touchdown passes represent his second highest total of his career and he has one game to play. It’s a great honor but Manning would tell you that individual awards do not matter; the only honor that matters is the one they hand out in February.
Joining Manning in the Pro Bowl from the offensive side of the ball will be left tackle, Ryan Clady (reserve). Clady returned to his form of 2008 and was rewarded with another trip.
On the defensive side of the ball; the Broncos are well represented as a top five defense should be. That group is led by defensive player of the year candidate, Von Miller (starter). Miller is a disruptive force and is one of those players that offensive coordinators have to game plan for. It is Miller’s second trip in his second season and he is only getting better; that has to scare everyone not in orange and blue.
Champ Bailey (starter) makes his 12th trip to the Pro Bowl at the cornerback position. Bailey doesn’t have the interception numbers of others at his position, but that’s because quarterbacks rarely throw at him. Bailey is still one of the best players at the cornerback spot and is the best versus the run.
The five Broncos are rounded out by defensive end, Elvis Dumervil (reserve). It’s hard to imagine a guy with 11 sacks would be overshadowed but that’s what happens when Miller is on the other side. Dumervil has been a force with his pass rush and has also played well versus the run.
All five are deserving of a berth in the Pro Bowl but they would all tell you that they would rather skip the free trip to Hawaii in order to play in another Bowl.
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