The 49ers are back in the building following last week’s bye. As the team gets ready for its Week 10 home matchup against the St. Louis Rams, the 49ers Faithful should be getting ready to send their favorite players to the 2013 Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
Eight members of the 2011 49ers were voted to the NFL’s annual all-star game last year, and there are even more players making their cases to play in the Pro Bowl this season. Faithful Fans can vote for the 49ers in all three phases of the game — offense, defense and special teams.
Quarterback Alex Smith has established himself as one of the league’s most efficient quarterbacks through eight games, leading the NFC with a 69.4 completion percentage and ranking No. 3 in NFC passer rating (102.1). Smith also earned praise from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who wrote, “Smith didn’t play Sunday; the 49ers had their bye this weekend. But I didn’t want the week to get away from us without extolling his virtues after his performance last Monday. His numbers were alarmingly good: 18 of 19 for 232 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions — and the one incompletion was a clear drop by Delanie Walker.”
Linebacker NaVorro Bowman is still seeking his first Pro Bowl bid despite being an All-Pro last year. Bowman has learned immensely from five-time Pro Bowler and fellow All-Pro inside linebacker Patrick Willis, and is becoming a mirror image of his mentor. The third-year player has shown off his sideline-to-sideline ability all year long and ranks first on the 49ers with 68 tackles, three more than Willis.
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree is on pace to have a career year following his two-touchdown performance on “Monday Night Football” in Week 8 at Arizona. Crabtree now has a team-high 39 catches for 440 yards and three touchdowns and has become one of the toughest receivers to tackle after the catch.
Special teams ace C.J. Spillman was recently singled out by Arizona return man Patrick Peterson as one of the best punt coverage gunners in the league. Spillman showed why in the Week 8 matchup, as he caught Peterson from behind with a great open-field tackle for a short gain. Spillman and return man Ted Ginn Jr., are vying to join fellow specialists David Akers and Andy Lee, who both played in the Pro Bowl last year with long snapper Brian Jennings.
Tags: Alex Smith, C.J. Spillman, Michael Crabtree, Navorro Bowman, Pro Bowl
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