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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton named to the 2015 Pro Bowl

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The 2015 Pro Bowl is increasingly being viewed as a joke with a significant number of players pulling out with minor bumps and bruises, fielding a team that didn't have all-star like seasons.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has been added to the 2015 Pro Bowl team, the league announced on Tuesday. He was listed as the seventh alternate at quarterback. This is Dalton's second pro bowl in four seasons -- he also made the 2011 squad as an alternate.

With Tom Brady exiting the pro bowl due to the Super Bowl and players like the Chargers' Philip Rivers, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, Broncos QB Peyton Manning and now Packers QB Aaron Rodgers pulling out with injuries, the Pro Bowl is facing a hilarious situation where players with mediocre seasons are being asked to join a roster so that a Pro Bowl can actually be played.

Aside from the fact that the Bengals focused more on the running game this season, Andy Dalton submitted career-lows in yardage (3,398) and touchdowns passes (19). Along with four rushing touchdowns and two lost fumbles, Dalton had a touchdown-to-turnover ratio of 23-19. In his defense, he didn't have Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert all season, two significant weapons in Cincinnati's passing game, and A.J. Green missed time.

Dalton becomes Cincinnati's fourth Pro Bowl player this year, joining wide receiver Green (who missed three regular season games and was useless in two others), punter Kevin Huber and defensive tackle Geno Atkins, who also submitted a mediocre season compared to the declining Pro Bowl requirements and his historical performances prior to his ACL injury.

Dalton and the other Bengals Pro-Bowlers will be assigned to teams tomorrow night, during the Pro Bowl Draft show at 8 p.m. on NFL Network. The teams will be known as Team Carter and Team Irvin, after Hall of Fame wide receivers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin, who will serve as alumni team captains and head the draft selection process for each of their squads.

Dalton, a fourth-year player in 2014, led the Bengals to a fourth-straight playoff appearance and a third-straight season with double-digit victories. He joined Baltimore’s Joe Flacco as the only starting QBs in the Super Bowl era to lead a team to the postseason in each of his first four pro campaigns. The Bengals are one of only four NFL teams to reach the postseason each of the last four years.

The Bengals under Dalton had three fourth-quarter comeback victories in 2014, two against Baltimore and one vs. Denver. Dalton also directed the team to a lead from a fourth-quarter deficit vs. Carolina, but that game ended in a tie. Dalton posted a career-best completion percentage on the season, at 64.1 percent, and passed for 3,398 yards, 19 TDs and 17 INTs.