11/20/14Author: Michael C. Wright - ESPN.com
Five Bears among leaders in Pro Bowl voting
Sure, the Chicago Bears own a disappointing record of 4-6, but that doesn’t mean the players aren’t receiving recognition nationally.
NFL.com dropped its latest Pro Bowl voting results on Monday, and five Bears are currently among the top 10 vote-getters at their respective positions; a group that includes a couple of surprises thrown in the mix with defensive end Willie Young and defensive tackle Stephen Paeaalong with running Matt Forte, Martellus Bennett and rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller.
Forte is coming off his sixth game this season in which he totaled 150 yards or more from scrimmage (117 rushing and 58 receiving), giving him 23 over his career, which ranks as the most in the NFL since 2008. The running back currently ranks fourth in voting among running backs behind Dallas’ DeMarco Murray, Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell, and Houston’s Arian Foster.
Bennett entered the club’s game against the Vikings ranked among the top five in receptions for tight ends since 2013 (114), and caught four passes for 29 yards on Sunday. Bennett is currently sixth in Pro Bowl voting among tight ends.
Given the team’s struggles on defense, it’s somewhat of a surprise to see three players among the top 10 at the respective positions in Young, Paea and Fuller.
Young recorded his eighth sack of the season against the Vikings, which ties him for the second-most sacks by a Bears player in his first season with the team since 1982, when sacks became an official statistic.
Fans can continue to vote through Jan. 9 for the 2015 Pro Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 25 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Here are the current voting leaders on offense. Here are the results for defense.