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Four Ravens lead the AFC in Pro Bowl voting -- inside linebacker Ray Lewis, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, free safety Ed Reed and fullback Le'Ron McClain. Voting ends Dec. 20, and you can vote here.

Though there is a good chance those four Ravens will top the fan ballots, they only count for a third of the voting (player votes and coach votes each account for a third of the selection process, as well). So based on what I've seen through 13 games, here are the five Ravens who should make the trip to Honolulu and a few who might barely miss the cut. As always, give me your take.

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ILB Ray Lewis: In. He would probably get in on reputation alone, but Lewis has the stats to back it up. His 117 tackles are fourth in the AFC, and he has two sacks and two forced fumbles.

TE Todd Heap: Out. Among AFC tight ends, Heap is 10th in catches (37), sixth in receiving yards (546) and fourth in touchdowns (four). And his blocking is underrated. But his hamstring injury killed his chances of beating out Antonio Gates, Marcedes Lewis or Benjamin Watson for a spot.

DT Haloti Ngata: In. Ngata was buzzed about as a potential Defensive Player of the Year candidate in the first half, but that talk has died down. Still, getting 57 tackles and 5.5 sacks from an interior defensive lineman is pretty remarkable, and there are still three games left. Haloti is a lock.

WR Anquan Boldin: Out. Boldin's numbers don't show how valuable he has been to the Ravens' passing attack. But with a ton of talent in the AFC (Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Dwayne Bowe, Brandon Lloyd, Terrell Owens, etc.), it is doubtful that Boldin will be selected to his fourth Pro Bowl.

OLB Terrell Suggs: In. With a torrid second half -- he has 6.5 sacks after the bye week -- Suggs has played himself into a fourth Pro Bowl. He has been stout against the run, too.

FB Le'Ron McClain: Out. This was the hardest call for me because it's difficult to pick fullbacks. McClain is still one of the NFL's top fullbacks, but it's hard to overlook what Marcel Reese has been up to in Oakland. With Reese leading the way, Darren McFadden and the Raiders have the NFL's third-ranked rushing attack. Reese has also chipped in with 103 rushing yards and a touchdown.

K Billy Cundiff: In. Cundiff has connected on 19 of his 22 attempts and leads the NFL with 37 touchbacks. And to think, it seemed unlikely he would make the team when camp opened in July.

FS Ed Reed: Out. This is another close call. Ed Reed is in the top 10 among AFC safeties in interceptions and passes defended, but he missed the first six games of the season with a hip injury. Will that hurt him or help him in the eyes of his peers and coaches?

P Sam Koch: In. With Shane Lechler booming punts for the Raiders all this years, Koch has been shut out of the Pro Bowl. That could change this year. Koch's 39.2-yard net punting average is fourth in the AFC, and he leads the conference in punts placed inside the 20-yard line with 34.

OK, what did I get wrong? And hey, feel free to let me know what I got right for a change. After all, it is the holidays, right?

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