If it's true that most players earn trips to the Pro Bowl for what they did the year before, then Demaryius Thomas and Wesley Woodyard of the Broncos should start making plans to be there in 2014.
The Denver receiver, with 1,312 yards and nine touchdowns, and linebacker, who leads the team with 110 tackles, were among the most surprising omissions from the AFC team announced Wednesday.
Another surprise: The Broncos, with their 13-2 record, placed five players on the roster - same number as their opponent Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs, who are 2-13.
Thomas, who put himself on the map last year with his 80-yard overtime catch and run in a playoff win over Pittsburgh, took the so-called snub in stride.
''It happened. They deserved it,'' Thomas said about AFC receivers A.J. Green, Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne and Wes Welker. ''They had a great year. We have a lot of good receivers in our conference.''
Only Green had both more touchdowns and yards than Thomas. Welker's numbers were ...