Sign of the times: The Vikings' machine, with a chance to break the NFL scoring record, dominates the offense of my annual All-Pro team. Quarterback Randall Cunningham (below), enjoying a career season, and terrifying rookie wideout Randy Moss make it, along with the left side of the line. Defensively the wealth is spread. Only one club has more than one representative—the Ravens, with two—which underscores the fact that there was no dominating defense this year.
Wideouts: Moss and Antonio Freeman, Packers. With a rookie-record 16 touchdowns, Moss is the most electrifying newcomer since Don Hutson. Freeman kept Green Bay going when its offense was decimated by injuries.
Tight end: Frank Wycheck, Oilers. This sturdy warrior, who lines up all over—tight end, H-back, spread receiver—gives defenses nightmares. Plus he blocks.
Tackles: Jonathan Ogden, Ravens, and Todd Steussie, Vikings. Ogden is the powerhouse drive blocker; Steussie is the impeccable pass protector who guards Cunningham's blind side.
Guards: Randall McDaniel, Vikings, and Kevin Gogan, 49ers. McDaniel, at 34, has never been better technically. Gogan powers the league's top-ranked running attack.
Center: Jeff Christy, Vikings. He's the pick, in a close call over the Steelers' Dermontti Dawson and the Jets' Kevin Mawae, because of his consistency and explosion coming off the ball.
Quarterback: Cunningham. No contest. No longer the scrambler, precise on his reads, devastatingly accurate on his bombs to Moss.
Running backs: Terrell Davis, Broncos, and Marshall Faulk, Colts. Despite his size (5'11", 210), Davis is a terrific power back. Faulk, now a serious downfield threat, has a career-high 2,125 all-purpose yards.
Fullback: Bob Christian, Falcons. Jamal Anderson's personal escort for 14 games. Unfortunately he's out for the year with a knee injury.