Football is designed as a team sport, which is unfortunate for Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen, the only two Vikings that are likely to make the Pro Bowl roster this season.
Peterson has the fourth most Pro Bowl votes, according to PFT, of all NFL players with 469,117. Allen leads all other defensive ends in the NFC.
Following the bye week and a tough game against Green Bay, Peterson has dropped out of the NFL’s lead for rushing yards, and now sits at fifth with 846 yards. Fred Jackson is in the lead with 917 yards. Peterson is tied with LeSean McCoy for a league high of 10 rushing touchdowns. Fans that are voting seem to notice that Peterson’s efforts are keeping the Vikings rushing attack within the top five in the league, despite some very poor blocking ahead of him.
Allen is currently the league’s leading sacker with 13.5 which puts him on pave for 24 sacks this season. He also leads all Vikings linemen with 41 combined tackles and boasts a team high of three forced fumbles. Three batted passes, one interception, and three fumble recoveries are icing on the cake.
Both of these guys are having outstanding individual seasons, making the fact that our Vikings are sitting at 2-7 right now all the more frustrating.