Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett lead seven Seahawks named to Pro Bowl
Russell Wilson is riding his hot streak right into the Pro Bowl.
The Seahawks quarterback was one of seven Seattle players named Pro Bowlers on Tuesday, along with rookie punt returner Tyler Lockett, defensive end Michael Bennett, linebacker Bobby Wagner, cornerback Richard Sherman, strong safety Kam Chancellor and free safety Earl Thomas.
Wilson has been the hottest QB in the league over Seattle’s current five-game win streak, throwing 19 touchdowns to no interceptions during the stretch. He’s also thrown at least three touchdowns without a pick in those five straight games, a first in NFL history, and leads all quarterbacks with a 111.4 rating this season.
Lockett has been stellar on both punt and kick returns, returning one touchdown in each way this season. He took his first punt return of the season 57 yards to the house, is averaging 25.7 yards per kick return and also has 105-yard kick return touchdown to his credit.
Bennett is tied for 10th in the NFL with 10.5 sacks, and he and Wagner, Sherman, Chancellor and Thomas have all had huge hands in the Seahawks allowing just 17.4 points per game, second only to Cincinnati in the league.
Even with their seven players tying with Arizona and New England for second most Pro Bowl selections for a team behind undefeated Carolina’s 10, the Seahawks do have a pair of players left off the roster that could be considered snubs — wide receiver Doug Baldwin and defensive end Cliff Avril. Baldwin is tied for the NFL lead with 13 touchdown receptions — including 10 in his last four games alone — while Avril is tied for 18th in the league with 7.5 sacks.
The Pro Bowl is set for Jan. 31 on ESPN, with team coaches Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin picking the teams in draft on Jan. 27 on ESPN2.