15 Ravens To Vote To Pro Bowl

Here are the reasons why these Ravens should be headed to Hawaii.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 at 11:30 am | Categories: Ryan Mink

There won’t be 15 Ravens in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii on Jan. 29.

According to the NFL’s latest tally released this morning, six Ravens are leading at their respective positions: left tackle Michael Oher, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, inside linebacker Ray Lewis, safety Ed Reed and special teamer Brendon Ayanbadejo.

But why not vote for that many (or more)?

Voting for the Pro Bowl ends Dec. 19 and fans can vote as many times as they want. The team will be announced on the NFL Network on Dec. 27.

Here’s the argument for potential Ravens Pro Bowlers:

Brendon Ayanbadejo, ST
Ayanbadejo went to the Pro Bowl for three straight years from 2006-2008. Now healthy after two injury-plagued seasons, Ayanbadejo is again an anchor for Baltimore’s special teams unit (six tackles) and is making a big impact on defense with 25 tackles, a ½ sack and two pass deflections.

Anquan Boldin, WR
Boldin’s back as one of the game’s most productive wideouts. He’s eighth among AFC receivers in receiving yards (779) and ninth in catches (50). From Weeks 6-9, no NFL wide receiver had more catches or yards. He reached the 700-catch milestone, and was the third-fastest in league history to do so.

Matt Birk, C
The six-time Pro Bowler hasn’t gone since he arrived in Baltimore? Why not? The Ravens are in the top half of the league in rushing yards per game and sacks allowed. Birk has anchored an offensive line – starting every game – and helped a line with multiple moving parts gel.

Joe Flacco, QB
The stats aren’t going to be what gets Flacco consideration. But he’s once again among the NFL’s most winning quarterbacks. Flacco keyed a 21-point comeback against the Arizona Cardinals and had a final-minute drive in Pittsburgh. What AFC quarterbacks are better and what others have a 9-3 record?

Ben Grubbs, G
Grubbs missed six games due to a toe injury. But Ed Reed made it to the Pro Bowl despite missing six games, so why not Grubbs? The back-to-back Pro Bowl alternate has made a huge difference since returning to the Ravens’ offensive line.

Jarret Johnson, OLB
He doesn’t put up the sexy numbers, but few linebackers are as integral to their defense – let alone Baltimore’s elite unit – as Johnson. It’s about time he gets recognition for being a major factor versus the run, shedding double teams and holding the edge. He has 45 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

Vonta Leach, FB
Last year’s AFC Pro Bowl representative is still banging heads with the best of them. The running game has picked up for the Ravens the past three games – including with 290 yards against Cleveland – and a major reason for that is that Ray Rice said he is following his lead blocker more.

Ray Lewis, ILB
Despite his toe injury and three missed games, Lewis is a near lock for the Pro Bowl. Still one of the top defensive players in the NFL, Lewis has 68 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception. Lewis has been invited to 12 Pro Bowls.

Haloti Ngata, DT
The back-to-back Pro Bowler is having a career season. He has continued to improve in pass rush with five already this season. He also had two forced fumbles and 48 combined tackles. He’s a major reason for the Ravens’ No. 2-ranked run defense.

Michael Oher, OT
After moving back to right tackle, Oher has had a resurgent season. He has just seven penalties, and only two false starts. The Ravens have allowed 22 sacks this season, the 12th-fewest in the league.

Ed Reed, S
The seven-time Pro Bowler has gone every year since 2006. Healthy this year, opponents have been avoiding Reed. He’s got three interceptions and has one forced fumble. Reed is the leader of the Ravens’ secondary, which is ranked No. 5 in the NFL.

Ray Rice, RB
Rice is second in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage (1,473), only trailing the Bears’ Matt Forte. Rice is coming off a 204-yard rushing performance against the Browns. The 2009 Pro Bowler is just five total yards behind that pace this season but has a career-high 11 touchdowns.

Terrell Suggs, OLB
The four-time Pro Bowler is a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, so he should be an automatic pick for the all-star game. Suggs is having perhaps the best year of his career with 10 sacks, 53 tackles, five pass deflections and two interceptions. He’s a major factor in the run game too.

Lardarius Webb, CB
Webb’s having a breakout season in his first full year as a starter. His four interceptions are tied for fifth in the NFL and he returned one for a 73-yard touchdown. Webb’s 18 pass deflections are seventh-most in the league. He sealed the Ravens’ win in Cleveland with a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Marshal Yanda, G
The mauling offensive lineman has developed into one of the best blockers in the league. He has helped bring the Ravens’ rushing attack to No. 14 in the NFL in rushing yards per game and in the top of half of the NFL in sacks allowed.

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