Lions' success doesn't translate to Pro Bowl votes

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

The Lions have benefited from playing team football during their 7-2 start with several different players leading them to victories.

While that's good for the team's playoff outlook, it hasn't helped them in the initial Pro Bowl balloting.

Golden Tate leads all Lions players with 86,248 votes, but ranks 10th among wide receivers. Calvin Johnson isn't in the top 10 at this point, putting him in danger of not being voted to the annual all-star game for the first time since 2009 — though he skipped the event the past three years.

All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh ranks third at his position, making him a likely candidate for his fourth Pro Bowl in five seasons.

Other Lions who rank in the top 10 in voting at their position are defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (eighth), outside linebacker DeAndre Levy (eighth), punter Sam Martin (ninth) and special teamer Isa Abdul-Quddus (eighth).

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