Which Colts Are 2015 Pro Bowl Candidates?

Intro: The 2015 Pro Bowl will be in Arizona this year on January 25th with the second straight try at an unconferenced format. Which Colts are deserving of Pro Bowl bids?


INDIANAPOLIS – With another double-digit win season in sight, the Colts Pro Bowl representatives could extend to all three units this season.

After 11-win campaigns the last two seasons, the Colts sent three players to Hawaii in 2012 and 2013.

The Pro Bowl has moved to Arizona this year and the Colts could very well have a few more representatives.

Quarterback Andrew Luck

-Season Stats: 347-of-544 (61.9 percent) for 4,305 yards, 36 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, a 98.8 rating, in 13 starts.

-Outlook: Luck is a lock to make his third straight Pro Bowl. He currently leads the league in passing yards and is tied for first in passing touchdowns. After solid statistical years in 2012 and 2013, Luck is blowing those numbers out of the water this season. Right now, Luck is currently fourth overall, among all players, in Pro Bowl voting.

Wide Receiver T.Y. Hilton

-Season Stats: 78 receptions for 1,295 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns, in 13 games.

-Outlook: The momentum for Hilton is building at the right time for his first Pro Bowl bid. He ranks third in the NFL in receiving yards and has seven touchdowns, and five 100-yard games since Week Six. There's probably not a more competitive position group in terms of candidates than receiver, but it's hard to argue that Hilton doesn't deserve a nod in his third NFL season.

Cornerback Vontae Davis

-Season Stats: 3 interceptions, 18 pass deflections, 34 tackles, in 12 games.

-Outlook: When Davis re-signed with the Colts last March, the thought of a Pro Bowl type season was on the horizon from both parties. That's been the case in 2014. Davis has allowed a remarkable passer rating of just 41.7 (2nd in the NFL) in passes thrown his direction this year. He's second in the NFL with 18 pass deflections and hasn't allowed a touchdown in coverage in more than a year.

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Safety Mike Adams

-Season Stats: 70 tackles, 5 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, in 13 games.

-Outlook: In Colts world, it's hard to put into words what exactly Adams has meant to a position with so many question marks coming into the season. Adams has been on the field for 96.8 percent of the defensive snaps but it's the plays he makes that has him under Pro Bowl consideration. The 11-year veteran leads the NFL with seven takeaways (five interceptions, two fumble recoveries). Just for good measure, Adams leads all safeties with 11 pass deflections this year.

Kicker Adam Vinatieri

-Season Stats: 27-for-27 on field goals, 44-for-44 on extra points.

-Outlook: It's hard to imagine Vinatieri has just two Pro Bowl nominations in his 19 NFL seasons. He should be back in that game for the first time in a decade thanks to a perfect 2014 season. Vinatieri is the only kicker in the NFL to have not missed so far this year. His streak of 33 straight field goals made is tied for the fourth the best in NFL history.

Punter Pat McAfee

-Season Stats: 52 punts for 2,461 yards (47.3 average, 43.5 net average), 23 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

-Outlook: Can the Colts sweep the kicking duo in Arizona this year? McAfee has been such a weapon for the league's top special teams unit. He leads the NFL with 64 touchbacks (11 more than any other player), ranks 2nd in net punting average (43.5) and changed games earlier this season with a trio of successful onside kicks. With five more touchbacks the rest of the season, McAfee will have the second highest total in NFL history (record is 81 touchbacks).

Special teamer Colt Anderson

-Season Stats: 9 special teams tackles, 1 fumble recovery, in 12 games this season.

-Outlook: Just like Sergio Brown last year, the Colts have a special teamer deserving of some votes. Colt Anderson is the quarterback of a Colts punt team that has downed 23 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line. When you have the best special teams group in the NFL, a player from that group has to be considered. Anderson is that guy with a team-best nine special teams tackles.

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