Fan voting for the Pro Bowl team ends next week, but it would take a remarkable surge in the polls for the Giants to make a big splash in the game.
Of course, it still could wind up happening. The game has been moved to Miami and will be played the weekend between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. So there are two teams and maybe even four teams -- the four best teams in the NFL -- whose players won't want to participate in the event. If there are no Saints or Vikings in the Pro Bowl (based on the consensus top 2 teams) then the Pro Bowl might be flooded with Giants filling in.
Anyway, no Giant every-down player is higher than third in his position and perhaps the most deserving Giant -- WR Steve Smith -- isn't even in the top 5. The top 5 receivers in the NFC are Larry Fitzgerald, DeSean Jackson, Miles Austin, Sindey Rice and Marques Colston.
As for the Giants who are getting votes, Shaun O'Hara is third among ceneters behind John Sullivan of the Vikings and Jonathan Goodwin of the Saints. And Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck are third and fourth among defensive ends trailing Jared Allen and Julius Peppers. I guess you don't even have to be a starter to get votes for the Pro Bowl.
Neither of the Giants' tackles is in the top 5, but the kick in the pants is that Flozell Adams of the Cowboys is fourth.
Madison Hedgecock is fifth among fullbacks and Chris Snee is fifth at guard. Jeff Feagles, who was the leading vote-getter among punters a few weeks ago, has slipped to second behind Chris Kluwe of the Vikings. And Chase Blackburn is fifth among special teamers.
By the way, the Giants have one last chance to make an impression on fans because the voting for this season will end at the conclusion of their Monday Night game against the Redskins. To vote you can visit www.nfl.com/probowl.
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