Three Lions named to 2015 Pro Bowl

Posted Dec 23, 2014

Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh and Glover Quin were all named to the 2015 Pro Bowl team.

A trio of Detroit Lions has made the Pro Bowl.

A combination vote from the fan, players and coaches have voted in receiver Calvin Johnson, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and safety Glover Quin.

The game will be played Sunday, January 25, in Arizona, one week ahead of the Super Bowl. Click here for the full roster.

For Quin, it’s his first Pro Bowl nod in his sixth season in the league. He’s the first Lions defensive back since Dre Bly (2004-05) to be selected and first Lions safety since Bennie Blades (1992).

He currently leads the NFL with seven interceptions.

He’s recorded an interception in four straight games and is the first Lions player to record seven interceptions in a season since S Kurt Schulz in 2000.

If he finishes (or ties) with the most interceptions in the NFL, he will become the first Lions player to lead the league in interceptions since Hall of Fame CB Lem Barney (10) in 1967.

He also has 65 tackles and 10 passes defended on the year.

For Johnson and Suh, it’s their fifth and fourth selections, respectively.

Suh has 8.5 sacks on the season, fourth most among defensive tackles and leads all defensive tackles with 35 quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.

He joins Roger Brown (5, 1963-67), Alex Karras (1961-63, 66) and Doug English (4, 1979, 82-84) as the only defensive lineman (all defensive tackles) with four Pro Bowl selections.

He has a career-high 20 tackles for loss this year, the most of his career.

The Lions rank No. 2 in the NFL in total defense and scoring defense and Suh is a big reason why. He anchors a defensive line that’s allowing 63.8 rushing yards per game. If the season ended today, that would be the sixth-lowest total in NFL history.

Johnson’s five straight Pro Bowls are the most by a Lions player since running back Barry Sanders (10, 1990-99)

He has 67 catches for 1,038 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games.

He’s recorded his fifth-straight 1,000-yard season despite missing three games earlier this year with a high ankle sprain. He has six 1,000-yard seasons to his credit in eight seasons in the NFL.

Since 2011, Johnson leads NFL with 6,175 receiving yards with a 106.5 average per game over that span.

Pro Bowl voting isn’t without its snubs, however, and the Lions have two that’ll be among the top of most people’s list.

Receiver Golden Tate and linebacker DeAndre Levy were not voted in, despite having career years. Tate is the fourth alternate among receivers and Levy is the fifth among linebackers.

Tate ranks fourth in the NFL in receptions (96) and seventh in yards (1,286). Both are career highs.

He’s second in the NFL with 33 receptions on third down (Antonio Brown, 35) and his 524 yards on third down lead the NFL.

Tate also has 694 yards after the catch, which also leads the NFL.

Levy ranks third in NFL with 140 total tackles and leads league with 109 solo tackles (only player over 100).

He’s recorded 10-plus tackles in 10 games this year. This is his second consecutive year with 100-plus tackles.

Also alternates for the Lions are quarterback Matthew Stafford (4th) and safety James Ihedigbo (7th).

Stafford has thrown for 4,040 yards and 19 touchdowns ahead of Sunday’s season finale in Green Bay, a game that can clinch the NFC North division title and a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win.

Ihedigbo is tied for seventh in the NFL with four interceptions and also has 67 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles.