By Peter King
November 06, 2012
Peter King's 2012 Midseason All-Pro Team
 
 
  OFFENSE   DEFENSE  
 
 
QB Matt Ryan
Atlanta Falcons
Narrowly edges Eli. Both raise their games with the outcome on the line. The difference: Ryan is 8-0.
 
DE J.J. Watt
Houston Texans
Single biggest defensive force in football. Last nine games: 12.5 sacks and 10 pass deflections.
 
 
 
RB Frank Gore
San Francisco 49ers">49ers
Such a bruising back -- the perfect Harbaugh runner -- and he's averaging 5.5 yards per carry.
 
DT Geno Atkins
Cincinnati Bengals
Starting to get noticed. He's been 2012's most disruptive interior rusher aside from Watt.
 
 
 
WR Percy Harvin
Minnesota Vikings
Football's most dangerous receiving/returning weapon is on pace for 110 catches.
 
DE Cameron Wake
Miami Dolphins
Smooth transition from OLB to DE. Wreaked havoc on Cardinals with 4.5 sacks in Week 4.
 
 
 
WR Wes Welker
New England Patriots
Forgotten man came off bench in Weeks 2-4; now third in NFL with 60 catches, mostly in traffic.
 
OLB Justin Houston
Kansas City Chiefs
Sacked Drew Brees three times (close on two others) in Chiefs' only win so far.
 
 
 
WR Reggie Wayne
Indianapolis Colts
Game of his life (13 catches, 212 yards, winning TD) helped Beat Green Bay in Week 5.
 
LB DeMeco Ryans
Philadelphia Eagles
Rededicated himself after trade from Houston; he's the MLB the Eagles have needed for years.
 
 
 
TE Tony Gonzalez
Atlanta Falcons
Even at 36, he's on pace for 100 catches, which would be the second-most in his storied career.
 
LB Daryl Washington
Arizona Cardinals
It's a measure of what a tackling machine he is that I rate him over Niners' NaVorro Bowman.
 
 
 
LT Duane Brown
Houston Texans
Hasn't allowed a sack since Week 15 of 2010 -- that's 28 straight clean games, including playoffs.
 
OLB Von Miller
Denver Broncos
Supplements a fierce pass rush game with instinctive all-around play.
 
 
 
LG Ryan Lilja
Kansas City Chiefs
An injury elsewhere forced him to move to center in Week 4, but he'sb een a stalwart in both spots.
 
CB Charles Tillman
Chicago Bears
Returned INTs for TDs in Weeks 4 and 5, then erased Calvin Johnson in Week 7 Monday-night win and forced four fumbles in Week 9.
 
 
 
C Max Unger
Seattle Seahawks
One scout: "He's the key to keeping Russell Wilson healthy behind a bad line."
 
S Eric Weddle
San Diego Chargers
Long after Reed and Polamalu retire, Weddle will wear the mantle of "most instinctive safety."
 
 
 
RG Marshal Yanda
Baltimore Ravens
The pugnacious enforcer is the top-runblocker, responsible for springing Ray Rice.
 
S Major Wright
Chicago Bears
Becoming one of NFL's most versatile at position: stuffs run and intimidates in pass coverage.
 
 
 
RT Anthony Davis
San Francisco 49ers
Entire Niners line playing well, but Davis is one of the NFL's most improved tackles.
 
CB Antoine Winfield
Minnesota Vikings
Amazing run-support CB ("It's the only way I know to play," he says) with top cover ability.
 
 
  SPECIAL TEAMS  
 
 
K Greg Zeurlein
St. Louis Rams
The best long kicker since Sebastian Janikowski, he is 12 of 14 of FGs over 40 yards.
 
P Andy Lee
San Francisco 49ers
Master of dropping kicks inside the 10, he edges Saints' Thomas Morstead and his gaudy net average.
 
 
Midseason Awards
 
 
 
 
QB Matt Ryan
MVP
Made a quantum leap under new coordinator Dirk Koetter. Playing great in clutch.
 
WR-KR Percy Harvin
Off. Player of the Year
Averaging 13.7 every time he touches the ball -- rushing, receiving, returning.
 
 
 
DE J.J. Watt
Def. Player of the Year
Astounding impact for a 23-year-old 3-4 end. This wouldn't be a close vote today.
 
QB Robert Griffin III
Off. Rookie of the Year
I knew he'd be tough enough to start as a rookie, but also to be so accurate?
 
 
 
LB Bobby Wagner
Def. Rookie of the Year
Rangy second-round pick is No. 2 on Seattle with 72 tackles. Plugged a huge hole.
 
Mike Smith
Coach of the Year
Had the brains and guts to hire two new coordinators, even on a playoff team. It's working out.
 
 
 
 

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