The Pro Bowl is a flag football game and those who make it are popularity contest winners.
That does not mean the honor of being recognized among the league's best is any less of an accomplishment. Sure, making an All-Pro team is the higher achievement of the two, but a Pro Bowl helps any player come contract negotiation time.
The Chicago Bears have five players that are worthy of being a part of the Pro Bowl festivities.
Johnson could use a Pro Bowl selection to help make his case to reset the cornerback market. Jaylon is set to be a free agent after the season after the Chicago Bears failed to work a contract extension before the trade deadline. Johnson has expressed a desire to remain with the Bears beyond this season.
Although, it looks like it is going to cost the team.
He is the top cornerback for a defense that is on the fringes of being dominant. Johnson has the highest grade among corners according to Pro Football Focus.
He has always been great at shutting down his side of the field, but getting takeaways was a hole in his game. Not this season as Johnson has four picks on the season.
The linebacker is sixth in the league in total tackles and eighth in solo. Only Bobby Wagner has more tackles than Edwards in the NFC. T.J. has 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble (something Wagner does not have), and two fumble recoveries along with two interceptions.
Edwards is consistently among those with their stock up after every Bears game.
Tremaine Edmunds, his linebacking partner, has more splash plays. That is because a lot of them have been set up by Edwards making big hits to pop the ball up in the air. Edmunds and Edwards have been outstanding at taking the ball away. Edwards has been more consistent. That is why he gets the nod over Edmunds.
Sweat has been a multiplier since coming to the Chicago Bears before the trade deadline. It is no wonder the defense has gotten better since he joined the team.
Sweat leads both the Washington Commanders and the Bears in sacks. He has become a game-wrecker since joining the Bears. Sweat is currently eighth in sacks and second in the NFC with 12.5 between his time in Washington and now with the Bears.
Moore has been everything the Bears could have hoped for when he was acquired in an offseason blockbuster trade that saw the Carolina Panthers send him along with a boatload of draft picks to Chicago for the No. 1 overall pick.
Moore has registered another 1000-yard season. He in is the league's top 10 for receiving yards and touchdowns. He practically single-handedly beat Washington with 230 yards and three touchdowns.
Kmet has become a reliable secondary target after Moore in the passing game. He is tied for second among tight ends for touchdowns with six. George Kittle and Mark Andrews are in that same group. Cole has more catches than those two.
Kmet ranks 10th among tight ends in receiving yards. Only five NFC tight ends have more yards than Kmet.
The Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on January 3rd.