Voting for the Pro Bowl is now underway over at NFL.com. It's pretty hard to think about the St. Louis Rams and the Pro Bowl after yesterday's game. However, it does serve as a good reminder that the a) this was just one bad game and b) the St. Louis Rams have more than one player who can make a case for inclusion in the Pro Bowl for the first time in years.
Voting wraps up on Dec. 20 and the winners will be announced on Dec. 28, so head on over and vote.
Some thoughts on Pro Bowl worthy Rams after the jump.
Steven Jackson, RB - This almost goes without saying. Jackson was a Pro Bowler last year, the first time the Rams had anyone at the game since 2006 when Jackson, Marc Bulger and Torry Holt represented the team. Jackson is on pace to top 1500 yards and had his third consecutive 100+ yard rushing game this week, passing Eric Dickerson as the franchise's leading rusher. It's hard not to include Jackson on your ballot.
James Laurinaitis, MLB - Despite their record, the Rams have limited opponents to 18 points or less in all but one game this season. A big reason for that is the play of Laurinaitis, who has emerged as the captain of a vastly improved Rams defense. He leads the team in tackles with 46 total and has a sack to boot. He almost padded his resume with an INT yesterday, but let's leave that alone for now.
James Hall, DE - Hall is tied for the 4th most sacks in the league with 6.5 sacks through 7 games. Hall has been a man reborn this season, part of a Rams defensive line that has taken a big leap forward. He has also forced three fumbles.
Chris Long, DE - Hall has the sacks, but Long has been the heart and soul of the front four, the guy who is helping his teammates pile up the sacks. Long, with 3.5, is second on the team in sacks, and was leading the league in QB pressures.
Those are the real standout candidates for the Rams, and I think each one of them has a legitimate claim to a Pro Bowl nod...a nod they won't get because they play for the Rams.
On the bubble is CB Ron Bartell who has been sharp in coverage, even playing through an injury yesterday. Interceptions make CBs sexy, and that's keeping Bartell out of the favorites. He has 10 games to continue making the case.