For the first time since 1983, the Vikings did not have a player selected to the Pro Bowl.

The Vikings had a pair of strong candidates in defensive end Everson Griffen and safety Harrison Smith, but they were edged out by other top performers at their positions in voting done by fans, coaches and fellow players.

In his first season as a starter, Griffen ranks eighth in the NFL with 12 sacks through 15 games and also has recorded 51 tackles. But he was not one of the six defensive ends selected.

Smith, meanwhile, is tied for fifth in the NFL with five interceptions and his three sacks are tied for the most among defensive backs. But six other safeties were picked.

While no Vikings made the Pro Bowl through the voting process, there is a chance that Griffen, Smith or another Vikings player could later be selected as an alternate.

Last season, the Vikings had two Pro Bowl representatives in running back Adrian Peterson and return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson. But Patterson, a Pro Bowl alternate, was the only one who played in the game.

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