Which New York Giants should go to the Pro Bowl Jan. 29, 2012 in Hawaii? The teams will be announced Tuesday during a 7 p.m. ET selection show on NFL Network. No Giants led at their positions in the recently concluded fan balloting, which will make up one portion of the votes for how players are selected (players and coaches will be the others).
The problem for the Giants, of course, is that two of the three players who should be named to the Pro Bowl were not even on the ballot because they were not considered starters when then the season began.
Jason Pierre-Paul simply has to be part of the NFC Pro Bowl team. He has 15.5 sacks, tied for fourth in the league, and has been a one-man wrecking crew for the Giants defense for much of the second half of the season.
Victor Cruz is now the Giants' record-holder for most receiving yards in a season with 1,358 yards on 76 catches. Without him the Giants would be nowhere near the playoffs, which they can reach with a victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Not bad for a second-year guy who had not caught a regular-season pass entering this season.
The third player is, of course, Eli Manning. Lost in the record-setting work of New Orleans' Drew Brees and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers is the fact that Manning has thrown for a career-best 4.587 yards -- fourth in all of football. Six fourth-quarter victories, five of the come-from-behind variety, don't happen without the unflappable Manning.
Can you make an argument for anyone else? Hakeem Nicks? Corey Webster? David Diehl? Yes, just kidding on the last one.