Cowboys fans have been derelict in their duties.
Only one Cowboys player is the top vote getter at his position in the NFC Pro Bowl balloting so far this year. Predictably, that player is DeMarcus Ware. So if you haven't voted for your favorite players yet, go to NFL.com/ProBowl and cast your vote. Multiple times. Every day.
With Jason Witten and rookie Dan Bailey, two other Cowboys rank third at their respective positions. In total, eight Cowboys currently rank in the top-five of their respective position in the NFC Pro Bowl vote, the NFL announced on Wednesday. In addition to Ware, Witten and Bailey, Jay Ratliff, Gerald Sensabaugh, Mat McBriar, Danny McCray and Tony Fiammetta have been voted into the top five of their respective position by the fan vote accumulated through November 30.
Overall, the NFC vote is completely and utterly dominated by the Packers, who have 21 players within the top five at the 18 available positions. The Packers are followed by the 49ers with 16 players, the Bears with ten and the Lions are tied with the Cowboys at eight players each. Philly has six, the Giants four and Washington one.
After the break we take a more detailed look at this year's Pro Bowl vote.
The fan vote counts for one third of towards a Pro Bowl spot, with the players and coaches votes accounting for another third each. In total the NFC and AFC squads will each have a 43-man roster for the 2012 Pro Bowl game that will be played on Sunday, January 29, 2012 in Hawaii.
AFC and NFC All-Star squads are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 43-man rosters that represent the American Football Conference and National Football Conference in the Pro Bowl.
The 2012 Pro Bowl voting is still open so there's still time to go vote. You can vote as often as you like for as many or as little players as you like. Balloting will conclude on Monday, December 19 after the MNF game. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on December 21-22, and teams will be announced December 27.
Rick Gosselin from the DMN was asked a couple of days ago how many Cowboys would make the Pro Bowl. His answer:
More than anyone expects because of the fan vote. America turns out for America's team and that constitutes a third of the vote. That's why the Cowboys land six Pro Bowlers in a 6-10 season like in 2010. Most players get rewarded for winning. Dallas players have long been rewarded for being Cowboys. That said, Witten, Murray and Romo have the strongest cases on offense, Ware and Lee on defense and Bailey on special teams.
Looks like some of the players Gosselin mentions still have a way to go, as they don't appear in the fan vote lists yet.
Listed below are the Pro Bowl fan vote totals for all NFC position groups through November 30: