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Trio Of Texans to Consider For Pro Bowl

                     Houston Texans defensive end Mario WilliamsHouston Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans

Yes it is true that the Houston Texans are 5-7 and have nearly zero chance of going to the playoffs.  Another fact of NFL life is that when players are selected for the Pro Bowl, the players usually come from winning teams – in this case, winning teams meaning teams that finish near or above .500 for the season.  You also have to also consider the overall body of work from the players in question, as well.  That being the case, then probably no Miami Dolphins will be in the Pro Bowl this year, but I digress.

The Texans, despite their 5-7 record thus far, actually have some players that could be considered Pro Bowl worthy; two on defense and one on special teams.  Let’s focus on the special teams first.  The player I am referring to is placekicker Kris Brown.  At this juncture of the season, he has scored 97 points; at his current pace, not only would he eclipse the franchise record of 102 points (held by Brown, incidentally), he is on pace to score 129.  He has made 24 field goals (tied for 2nd in the NFL) and has been perfect on field goals of 50 yards or longer (5 to be exact).  But the kicker who stands in his way is Tennessee’s Rob Bironas; Bironas has scored 100 points so far and has made 26-of-29 field goals, including 8 against the Texans in a win this season.

Now the two on defense.  DeMarco Ryans – the one constant figure at linebacker for Houston.  Ryans was the NFL defensive rookie of the year in 2006; this year, he leads the AFC with 89 unassisted tackles and his 109 total tackles ties him with Denver’s D.J. Williams for 3rd in the league.  In 12 games this season, Ryans has recorded double-digit totals in tackles 5 times; over the past 2 seasons, Ryans has an NFL-high 14 games in which he recorded 10 or more tackles per game.  One thing works in Ryans’ favor, besides the stats – Miami’s Zach Thomas and New York’s Jonathan Vilma are both on injured reserve.  so it will probably come down to between Ryans and the aforementioned Williams behind Baltimore’s Ray Lewis (he’s a fixture at the Pro Bowl).

The second – and no less important player on defense – is the player who is making the Texans’ brain trust look really smart these days – defensive end Mario Williams.  Remember when everyone was ragging the Texans for passing on quarterback Vince Young and running back Reggie Bush?  The decision to select Mario is looking smarter by the week.  Mario’s body of work so far?  As of right now, he has 8 1/2 sacks (second in the AFC behind Kansas City’s Jared Allen with 11).  Of all of the AFC defensive ends with at least 4 sacks, only Allen and Williams have at least 40 tackles apiece.  You also have to remember that Williams last season wasn’t exactly healthy; he had a foot injury that dogged him.  But his current body of work deems him worthy of consideration.

So there you have it – 3 Texans who, if they don’t start, should be considered alternates.  But don’t bet against Ryans not starting this year’s Pro Bowl – assuming that he is selected.

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One Response to “Trio Of Texans to Consider For Pro Bowl”

  1. Jesus says:

    Mario’s 9.5 sacks is enough to say he’s got to better it next year. Then he’s DEFINETLY PRO BOWL worthy. On Brown, he goes off. No question about that, and no quesiton about DeMeco being our best D player on the field throughout this season. Ryans goes off enough for a Pro Bowl alternate seeing there’s too many good MLBs already in the AFC ahead of him in popularity. In time…In time…Good stuff Rhodes!

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