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 — Peyton Manning, Champ Bailey, Ryan Clady, Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil — same number as their opponent Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs, who are 2-13.

Broncos pass-rushing duo credits Del Rio, Manning

The Denver Broncos lead the NFL with 48 sacks, and all those crumpled quarterbacks can blame not only Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller but also Jack Del Rio and Peyton Manning.

Dumervil and Miller have 28 1/2 sacks, earning the league's most prolific pass-rushing tandem return trips to the Pro Bowl — although they're determined to spend that all-star weekend preparing for the Super Bowl in New Orleans rather than enjoying the sand, surf and sun.   Miller's outlandish athletic ability and Dumervil's freakishly long arms that give him built-in leverage on every tackle he faces are two of the biggest reasons for the Broncos' league-best 10-game winning streak.

In their eyes, though, the credit for all these sacks goes to the team's two biggest off season additions, Del Rio and Manning.  (AP)