Article contributed by NFL Gridiron Gab author Dom
As we’ve just gone past the half way mark in the 2011 NFL season, it’s time to fill in those ballots and vote for who you want to see get on the plane that is set to land at the Aloha Stadium, in Hawaii on the 29th of January 2012 for the Pro Bowl.
Presented here is a quick rundown of the quarterbacks who definitely should be considered Pro Bowlers this season:
The first player that should be on everyone’s list is Packers QB Aaron Rodgers for one simple reason – he has led Green Bay to an astonishing 8-0 record, all while maintaining a passer rating of just under 130. He also has a touchdown to interception ratio of 8:1 and has been vote Offensive Player of the Week three times this season. The Packers are without a doubt favorites to make it to the Super Bowl this year, but if that falls through Rodgers will know he has the safety net of Hawaii to fall onto, if he keeps going like he is throughout the reminder of the season.
The invincible Tom Brady has been at his indestructible self again this season. However, it is a shame you can’t say that about the rest of the Patriots team, as they’ve stumbled to a record of 5-3 – which is pretty mediocre by their standards. Brady is the only QB in the AFC with a passer rating of 100 and has thrown the most TD passes at 20 which is five more that of ‘Big Ben’ Roethlisberger, and I’m sure he will lead New England to the top of the AFC East which has looked as though it has been all to easy for them, in recent years.
Also, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees should be considered a contender for representing the NFC early next year. After throwing two touchdowns in Week 9, Brees continued to set the record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass. The record was extended to 36. Drew Brees threw 5 touchdown passes in the Saints colossal 62-7 victory, which is the highest winning margin so far this season. Drew Brees is also the only other QB in the NFC with a passer rating which exceeds 100.
Finally, a player I believe who could make to the Pro Bowl is Cam Newton of the Panthers. The rookie QB out of Auburn hasn’t set the world alight through the air but has instead shown the world what he can do on his feet. Some people are calling him the next Michael Vick because of his ability to extend plays and pick big yards rushing. Lastly, has seven rushing touchdowns this season, but is going to have to sort out his passing because he isn’t going to get to the Pro Bowl with 11 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions to accompany a passer rating under 90.