Packers’ 9 best Pro Bowl candidates in 2020

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The Green Bay Packers should have no shortage of representation when the initial Pro Bowl rosters are announced on Monday night.

The Packers are 11-3, with a high-scoring offense and star power on defense. And, for the most part, the team’s best players have produced big numbers for most of the season.

Here are the Packers’ best Pro Bowl candidates in 2020:

QB Aaron Rodgers

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Rodgers is first in the NFL in passing touchdowns (40), passer rating (118.0), touchdown percentage (8.4) and interception percentage (0.8). He's in a two-player race with Patrick Mahomes for MVP. And he's leading the NFL's third-highest scoring offense. The eight-time Pro Bowler should add No. 9 in 2020.

WR Davante Adams

Green Bay Packers' Davante Adams (17) celebrates a touchdown with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

His streak of consecutive games with a touchdown was snapped at eight games, but Adams should extend his streak of consecutive Pro Bowl seasons to four in 2020. He still leads the NFL in catches (8.2) and receiving yards (98.6) per game, and he's second among NFC receivers in catches (98), fourth in receiving yards (1,186) and first in touchdown catches (14).

LT David Bakhtiari

Oct 5, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69) during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The two-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro is having another dominant season protecting Aaron Rodgers' blindside at left tackle. Bakhtiari is the highest-graded offensive tackle in both overall grade and pass-blocking grade, according to Pro Football Focus. He hasn't been credited with allowing a sack despite being on the field for 416 pass-blocking snaps. In fact, he's allowed just eight total pressures all season. There's a case to be made that 2020 has been the best season of Bakhtiari's incredible career.

CB Jaire Alexander

Green Bay Packers' Jaire Alexander during an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

The Packers' third-year cornerback should make his first career Pro Bowl in 2020. While he lacks the traditional volume numbers (one interception, nine pass breakups) that often attracts Pro Bowl voters, quarterbacks have mostly avoided throwing at No. 23 this season. Targeted just 59 times over 457 coverage snaps, Alexander has allowed just 320 passing yards while giving up a passer rating of 72.7 this season, per PFF. In terms of yards allowed per coverage snap, Alexander ranks second among NFC cornerbacks, trailing only Jalen Ramsey.

C Corey Linsley

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He's exited two games with injuries and has now missed two straight games with a knee injury, which could hurt his chances, but Linsley was the most dominant center in football during the first 12 weeks and should be treated as such by Pro Bowl voters. He allowed just one sack and two total pressures over 379 pass-blocking snaps and holds the highest overall grade among NFL centers this season, per PFF. Linsley, a free agent following the 2020 season, has never been a Pro Bowler. That should change this year.

OLB Za'Darius Smith

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He hasn't been as consistently dominant as his 2019 season, but Smith has made big plays and has the volume numbers to be a Pro Bowler again, especially after he made himself a household name last year. He ranks fourth in the NFL in sacks (11.5), tied for seventh in tackles for losses (12), ninth in quarterback hits (22) and tied for 10th in forced fumbles (3). Smith and Aaron Donald are the only two players in football with at least 10 sacks, 10 tackles for losses, 20 quarterback hits and three forced fumbles.

RB Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones runs for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Somewhat quietly, Jones has put together another terrific statistical season. He ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing yards (968), ninth in yards from scrimmage (1,266) and tied for 11th in total touchdowns (10). Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara are locks for the Pro Bowl at running back in the NFC, but Jones has a case for being the third. Among players at his position in the conference, Jones trails only Cook in rushing yards, only Cook and Kamara in yards from scrimmage and only Cook, Kamara and Antonio Gibson in total touchdowns.

TE Robert Tonyan

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The Packers' breakout performer of 2020, Tonyan became just the third tight end in team history to get to 10 touchdown catches in a single season. He's tied with Travis Kelce for the most touchdowns by a tight end this season, and he's third in yards per target among tight ends with at least 25 targets. Only three NFC tight ends have more receiving yards, but no other tight end in the conference has more than six touchdown catches. Tonyan has been hyper-efficient, with Aaron Rodgers throwing more touchdown passes (10) to him than incompletions (6).

S Adrian Amos

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A late-season surge has put Amos in a position to be a first-time Pro Bowler. The steady force on the Packers defense, Amos has done a little bit of everything, tallying one interception, seven pass breakups, two sacks, four tackles for losses and one fumble recovery. He plays deep safety, dime linebacker and even some in the slot. PFF ranks him as the second-highest graded safety in the NFC this season, largely due to his impressive grade in coverage.

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OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Tampa Bay
+160+3.5O 51.5
Green Bay
-189-3.5U 51.5