NFL Pro Bowl 2014 Balloting: New York Giants getting no love

Wesley Hitt

Will the Giants be without a Pro Bowler in 2013?

The NFL has released its leading vote-getters for the 2013 Pro Bowl, and for one of the most popular franchises in the league the New York Giants are getting no love.

Not one Giants' player is among the top 10 vote-getters and there are zero among the top vote-getters at each position.

Leading the vote is Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, followed by Drew Brees, Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles, Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Jimmy Graham, LeSean McCoy, A.J. Green and Russell Wilson.

Rounding out the top vote-getters by position are Mike Tolbert, Chris Ogbonnaya, Julius Thomas, Branden Albert, Joe Staley, Zane Beadles, Jeff Allen, Max Unger, Manny Ramirez, J.J. Watt, Mario Williams, Dontari Poe, Jason Hatcher, Tamba Hali, Terrell Suggs, Kiko Alonso, Sean Lee, Richard Sherman, Aqib Talib, Kam Chancellor, Eric Berry, Earl Thomas, Barry Church, Dustin Colquitt, Andy Lee, Stephen Gostkowski, Steven Hauschka, Devin Hester, Trindon Holliday, David Bruton and C.J. Spillman.

Gasp.

Receiving the most love are the top teams in the league -- the Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City has seven Pro Bowl players penciled in; Denver and Seattle each have six.

Obviously a 5-7 squad with minuscule playoff hopes isn't going to garner that much love, but some Giants are putting up Pro Bowl-worthy numbers, most noticeably safety Antrel Rolle.

Rolle is tied with Tennessee Titans' cornerback Alterraun Verner with a league-best five interceptions among defensive backs. Of the leading safety vote-getters -- Berry, Thomas and Chancellor -- Thomas and Chancellor start for Seattle's NFL-best pass defense, while Berry is a standout on Kansas City's defense that was ranked No. 1 for the beginning half of the year.

Aside from Rolle, though, is any Giants' player really deserving of being voted into the Pro Bowl? I think not.

Leading the team is receiving is Victor Cruz, a perennial Pro Bowl selection, but his stats this season simply aren't worthy. Cruz is 13th among receivers in catches, 15th in yardage and tied for 27th in touchdown receptions.

On the defensive side, Justin Tuck has been the team's best pass rusher of late. Tuck has tallied 6.5 sacks on the season after getting to Robert Griffin III four times in Sunday's night victory over the Washington Redskins.

Still, Tuck is tied for 17th in the league in sacks among defensive linemen, and there are a number of more worthy pass-rushers being snubbed at the moment. Robert Quinn of the St. Louis Rams, who leads the league with 13 sacks, isn't among the top vote-getters; neither is Chandler Jones (10.5), Olivier Vernon (10.5), Muhammad Wilkerson (10) or Cameron Jordan (9.5) -- all of whom has more or as many sacks as Watt, who probably gets the nod due to name recognition.

There you have it: the Giants just don't have Pro Bowl-quality players this season, especially with Eli Manning and Jason Pierre-Paul having down years, and Cruz and Tuck doing well -- but not compared to the league leaders. Only Rolle deserves to be voted in, but because he plays for a team below .500 that doesn't get the recognition of a Seattle or Kansas City, his chances remain dim.

What do you think? Should any Giants be voted in the Pro Bowl?

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