In terms of the overall NFL standings, the 9-1 Eagles lead the pack. On Wednesday, it was revealed that Philadelphia’s second-year quarterback, Carson Wentz, is also a cut above the rest in terms of Pro Bowl voting.
That’s according to the early results in fan voting that will stay open until Dec. 14. Those numbers will count toward a third of each player’s Pro Bowl tally, with votes from NFL coaches and players also counting for a third apiece.
With 273,367 votes, Wentz has a sizable lead over Tom Brady, whose tally of 239,989 makes him the second-most popular player. While Wentz is looking to be selected for his first Pro Bowl, Brady, whose 8-2 Patriots are tied with the Steelers atop the AFC, is well on his way to his 13th selection.
Through 10 games, Wentz has a similar lead, 25-22, over Brady among all quarterbacks in touchdown passes. The Eagles star, 24, is fourth in passer rating, at 103.4, a category the 40-year-old Brady leads at 110.9.
Wentz’s completion percentage is down from his rookie season (59.7-62.4), but other marks are much improved, including touchdown percentage (7.9-2.6), interception percentage (1.6-2.3) and adjusted yards per pass attempt (8.5-5.7). He was the second overall pick in the 2016 draft, out of North Dakota State of the FCS, behind only Rams quarterback Jared Goff, whose 200,346 Pro Bowl votes have him in eighth place.
Another Rams player, running back Todd Gurley (215,687), was fourth in Pro Bowl voting, while a pair of Steelers, running back Le’Veon Bell (227,771) and wide receiver Antonio Brown (215,584), were third and fifth, respectively.
The rest of the top 10 went as follows: 6. Saints quarterback Drew Brees (207,751); 7. Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (204,611); 9. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (183,630); 10. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (178,392).
New England and Philadelphia were also well-represented in tight end voting, where the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski (168,663) and the Eagles’ Zach Ertz (156,183) lead AFC and NFC players, respectively, at their position. In fact, they had the highest vote totals of any position apart from quarterback, running back and wide receiver.
As has been the practice since 2010, the Pro Bowl will take place on the Sunday before the Super Bowl, Jan. 28, and for the second straight year, it will be held at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes Dec. 15.
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