Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) celebrates with the fans following the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Five Chicago Bears Make The Pro-Bowl

For a team that may not make the playoffs, the Chicago Bears will be well represented in the Pro Bowl. It was announced on Wednesday evening that five Chicago Bears’ players have been named to the pro-bowl. Those five players are cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, defensive tackle Henry Melton, and defensive end Julius Peppers.

Each of those five players deserved to be named to the Pro-Bowl roster for the NFC conference. Tillman has 82 combined tackles on the season to go along with 10 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions. Tillman could also be challenging for the defensive player of the year award as well. Jennings leads the Bears with 8 interceptions on the season. Marshall has arguably been the best receiver in the NFL this season as the receiver has 113 receptions on the season for a total of 1,466 receiving yards to go along with 11 touchdowns. Melton, who has been a breakout player for the Bears’ defense, has collected 6 sacks on the season. Meanwhile, Peppers collected 11.5 sacks on the season.

There was, however, one Bears’ player that was a Pro-Bowl snub. That player was outside linebacker Lance Briggs. Briggs is proving once again this season why he is the best linebacker on the Bears’ roster as the veteran linebacker will surpass the 100-tackle plateau for the season while forcing two fumbles and returning two interceptions for touchdowns. Briggs’ likely is the victim of the 4-3 scheme that the Bears play on defense. Briggs’ simply does not have the sack numbers of the outside linebackers that were named to the Pro-Bowl, all whom play in a 3-4 defense.

Tags: Brandon Marshall Charles Tillman Chicago Bears Henry Melton Julius Peppers Lance Briggs Tim Jennings

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