The NFL Pro Bowl voting ends soon (VOTE HERE) and there are a no Chicago Bears within striking distance of winning their positional vote. The fan vote only counts a third towards who makes it to Hawaii, so there's still a chance a Bear or two makes it in.
Matt Forte is currently 9th among the running backs with 106,618 votes, well behind Atlanta's Devonta Freeman's 347,861. Recently injured tight end Martellus Bennett is 10th place, over 300,000 votes behind Rob Gronkowski. Kyle Long has climbed up to 10th at offensive tackle, but the o-line is often a true popularity contest with the fan vote, moreso than the other positions. The casual fans really don't know who's doing what on the o-line as evidenced by the leading vote getter at tackle, Carolina's Michael Oher. You know, the guy best known for the book/movie The Blind Side.
The last Bear in the top 10 in positional voting is outside linebacker Sam Acho, who sits 6th among the special teamers. He trails Carolina's Joe Webb by almost 60,000 votes, so he's a long shot to win the fan vote.
Among these four Bears, I can't see the players or coaches pushing them through to the Pro Bowl. Forte has missed time and his position is stacked, Bennett is hurt, Long is still learning how to play tackle and Acho isn't even the best special teamer on his own team.
The only Bear I see having a legit shot at making the team is wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. His overall numbers are down because he's missed a few games, but he has a Pro Bowl pedigree and he's 2nd in the NFL with 98.6 receiving yards per game. If he has a strong finish to the season, I can see Jeffery making the trip to Honolulu.
What do you guys think?