The eagles, the Ravens and the Saints, all in the thick of the NFL playoffs, dominate my annual All-Pro team, which also includes three players from the Chiefs, fitting after a season so full of surprises.
Quarterback: Donovan McNabb, Eagles. Started slowly, but by the end of the regular season he was the show in Philly. He did it without a keynote running back or wideout.
Running back: Marshall Faulk, Rams. I can't remember seeing a back who excelled as both a runner and a pass catcher. Faulk was that rare combination.
Fullback: Tony Richardson, Chiefs. He runs, he blocks, he stays on the field in long-yardage situations.
Wide receivers: Randy Moss, Vikings, and Ed McCaffrey, Broncos. Moss can be a nonfactor and then burst loose with an astounding play that turns the game. McCaffrey is a relentless worker who squeezes out first downs and always seems to pay for them.
Tight end: Tony Gonzalez, Chiefs. He has dominated the position the past two years, and he's only 24.
Tackles: Jonathan Ogden, Ravens, and William Roaf, Saints. Ogden struggled with a nagging right ankle injury early in the season, but down the stretch he was the best offensive lineman in the game. Roaf's career flattened out after a spectacular rookie season. Now he's back with a mean streak.
Guards: Larry Allen, Cowboys, and Mark Dixon, Dolphins. Allen has spearheaded the Dallas running game for half a decade. Dixon, strong at the point and nifty on the move, is a big reason for Miami's resurgent ground attack.
Center: Tom Nalen, Broncos. Quick, precise and heady, he leads a line that produced, in Mike Anderson, Denver's third 1,000-yard runner in as many years.