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September 03, 2007 | Volume 107, Issue 9

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Peyton Manning Cover - Sports Illustrated September 03, 2007

September 03, 2007
Dr. Z's

September 03, 2007 | Andrew Lawrence
This perennial powerhouse became even more formidable by making the off-season's splashiest personnel catches

September 03, 2007 | Andrew Lawrence
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Andrew Lawrence
Instant access to the latest and best Patriots stories, stats and blogs from across the Web, handpicked by SI's editors.

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
Anything goes in the land of the Mangenius--but what's really needed is a Houdini to pull off more of that '06 magic

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
SEPTEMBER 9 NEW ENGLAND 16 at Baltimore 23 MIAMI 30 at Buffalo

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
They've brought in rookies and veterans to fortify the right spots, but it likely won't be enough in a talent-heavy division

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
SEPTEMBER 9 DENVER 16 at Pittsburgh 23 at New England 30 N.Y. JETS

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
Instant access to the latest and best Bills stories, stats and blogs from across the Web, handpicked by SI's editors.

September 03, 2007 | Andrew Lawrence
A somewhat, ahem, looser atmosphere under Cam Cameron will extend to the field, where versatility will be the watchword

September 03, 2007 | Andrew Lawrence
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Andrew Lawrence
SI.com/dolphins

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
They insist they've made the mental adjustments needed for a Super Bowl run, but there's still the matter of that porous D

September 03, 2007 | Tim Layden
The defense is playing at a historically high level, but postseason hopes hinge on whether the attack can keep up

September 03, 2007 | Tim Layden
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Tim Layden
SI.com/ravens

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
The Cowher era is over, and a new staff is opening up the game plan. Big Ben, for one, hopes to really tick with a freer hand

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
SI.com/steelers

September 03, 2007
Homecoming Warner Robins (Ga.) players welcomed Dalton Carriker after his shot to rightfield cleared the fence in the bottom of the eighth to defeat Tokyo 3-2 and win the Little League World...

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
On the strength of a superb draft and some savvy off-season pickups, the future is . . . later. But at least things are looking up

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
SEPTEMBER 9 PITTSBURGH 16 CINCINNATI 23 at Oakland 30 BALTIMORE

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
The reigning champs are masters at finding replacement parts--and now they'll be put to the test like never before

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
Instant access to the latest and best Colts stories, stats and blogs from across the Web, handpicked by SI's editors.

September 03, 2007 | Andrew Lawrence
Though he's without last year's leading rusher and top two receivers, Vince Young will keep this team in the playoff hunt

September 03, 2007 | Andrew Lawrence
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Andrew Lawrence
Instant access to the latest and best Titans stories, stats and blogs from across the Web, handpicked by SI's editors.

September 03, 2007 | Tim Layden
In the eternal pursuit of the Colts, the defense will do its part and the run game should be solid--and it still won't be enough

September 03, 2007 | Tim Layden
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Tim Layden
A year after passing on Vince Young and Reggie Bush, these expansionists start fresh with a new QB and No. 1 back

September 03, 2007 | Tim Layden
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Tim Layden
Instant access to the latest and best Texans stories, stats and blogs from across the Web, handpicked by SI's editors.

September 03, 2007 | George Dohrmann
Don't mess it up is the mission of new coach Norv Turner--he'll leave it to his roster of All-Pros to get these Bolts to the Bowl

September 03, 2007 | George Dohrmann
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
An off-season of heartache has taught these players that they've got to seize the day--and hold on to their leads

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
Can a blend of veteran experience and youthful promise give this club something other than a Jekyll-and-Hyde identity?

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
Instant access to the latest and best Chiefs stories, stats and blogs from across the Web, handpicked by SI's editors.

September 03, 2007 | Kelli Anderson
Excellence may be out of the question for now, but an infusion of optimism hints at a commitment to competence, at least

September 03, 2007 | Kelli Anderson
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Kelli Anderson
Instant access to the latest and best Raiders stories, stats and blogs from across the Web, handpicked by SI's editors.

September 03, 2007 | Ben Reiter
A rejuvenated quarterback and a retooled linebacker corps have this aging team primed for a run at the Super Bowl

September 03, 2007 | Ben Reiter
The sideline decibel level is way down, but can this mellowed-out bunch of Boys at last make some postseason noise?

September 03, 2007 | Ben Reiter
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Ben Reiter
SI.com/cowboys

September 03, 2007 | Ben Reiter
It's a make-or-break year for the coach and quarterback, and the team's alltime best runner is gone. No pressure, though

September 03, 2007 | Ben Reiter
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Ben Reiter
SI.com/giants

September 03, 2007 | Ben Reiter
Two new playmakers will shore up a horrid defense while a raw young quarterback continues to find his way

September 03, 2007 | Ben Reiter
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Ben Reiter
Instant access to the latest and best Redskins stories, stats and blogs from across the Web, handpicked by SI's editors.

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
The reigning NFC champs think they've made the tweaks they needed to take that last step--but it really all falls to Rex

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
A beefy D and last year's big finish have the Green and Gold thinking it can challenge in the Black and Blue division

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
Instant access to the latest and best Packers stories, stats and blogs from across the Web, handpicked by SI's editors.

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
They stop the run like no one else--now the offense, with a second-year QB and a rookie running back, must improve

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | David Epstein
The Marinelli makeover is starting to pay off, not necessarily in Super Bowl dreams but in a winning mood in the Motor City

September 03, 2007 | Mark Beech
Laissez les bons temps rouler! A year after taking its hometown on an enchanting playoff run, this team will go even further

September 03, 2007 | Tim Layden
More, more, more is the message on the offensive side of the ball, where the ample talent is just waiting to be tapped

September 03, 2007 | Tim Layden
The quarterback carousel has taken another spin, a fitting symbol for a club that seems to be going around in circles

September 03, 2007 | Tim Layden
Can a season end before it's even begun? The best plan for these birds may be to get through this year and start fresh in '08

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
Front-office moves and good news on the medical front point to better things--possibly even a return to Super Bowl form

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
SEPTEMBER 9 TAMPA BAY 16 at Arizona 23 CINCINNATI 30 at San Francisco

September 03, 2007 | L. Jon Wertheim
This .500 club is counting on its ultraproductive back and newly anointed franchise QB to carry it out of the doldrums

September 03, 2007 | L. Jon Wertheim
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | L. Jon Wertheim
Instant access to the latest and best Rams stories, stats and blogs from across the Web, handpicked by SI's editors.

September 03, 2007 | George Dohrmann
A playoff berth may remain out of reach for the moment, but it's also tantalizing for a team that's improving steadily

September 03, 2007 | George Dohrmann
SEPTEMBER 10 ARIZONA (M) 16 at St. Louis 23 at Pittsburgh 30 SEATTLE

September 03, 2007 | George Dohrmann
Instant access to the latest and best 49ers stories, stats and blogs from across the Web, handpicked by SI's editors.

September 03, 2007 | George Dohrmann
The hot pick of last season will benefit from reduced expectations--and an infusion of "Steeler mentality"

September 03, 2007 | George Dohrmann
SEPTEMBER

September 03, 2007 | Rick Reilly
ONE DAY five years ago bubbly, gorgeous soccer goalie Korinne Shroyer came home from eighth grade, found her father's revolver in his closet and fired a bullet into her skull.

September 03, 2007
Grim Reaper

September 03, 2007 | Charlie Leerhsen
Redemption isn't possible, it's inevitable

September 03, 2007 | As told to Joe Lemire
HALF A season into Ryan Braun's big league career, the laid-back 23-year-old third baseman already has an NL Player of the Month award (for July). As for his Rookie of the Year credentials, try a...

September 03, 2007
WHO'S Hot

September 03, 2007
Who was your favorite ballplayer when you were a kid?

September 03, 2007
WHO'S Hot

September 03, 2007
Who was your favorite ballplayer when you were a kid?

September 03, 2007 | Joe Lemire
SUL ROSS STATE linebacker Mike Flynt is on a mission to reclaim his position in the Lobos' starting lineup. It won't be easy. At 5'9", 195 pounds and with a 5-flat 40 time, Flynt isn't an...

September 03, 2007
Born To parents Bridget Moynahan and Tom Brady, a boy named John. Brady's first son was born on Aug. 22 in Santa Monica, Calif. The New England quarterback, who split with Moynahan late last year,...

September 03, 2007
1 Saves this season by the Rangers' Wes Littleton; he pitched the final three innings of Texas's 30--3 win over the Orioles on Aug. 22, the most lopsided save in big league history.

September 03, 2007
An Oklahoma City deacon was charged with assault after allegedly ripping another bar patron's scrotum because he was wearing a Texas shirt.

September 03, 2007
OZZIE GUILLEN

September 03, 2007 | Peter King
Who will be the NFL's next highlight hero?

September 03, 2007
MARINERS DH

September 03, 2007
Thousands of at bats, but just a single grand slam

September 03, 2007
A linebacker talks about the town he loves

September 03, 2007
Orioles First Baseman Kevin Millar

September 03, 2007
A new documentary shows both sides of the Man in Black

September 03, 2007 | Richard Deitsch
The CBS analyst takes over Don Imus's slot on WFAN-New York on Sept. 4

September 03, 2007 | Sarah Kwak
What to watch and watch for

September 03, 2007
D.J. Mitchell RURAL HALL, N.C. > Baseball Mitchell, a junior righthanded pitcher at Clemson, led the Cape Cod League in strikeouts (58) and was fourth in ERA (1.47) while pitching 49 innings for...

September 03, 2007
Olympic Sports Tyson Gay claims the title of Olympic favorite in the 100 • Sprinter Lauryn Williams just misses gold • Jason Kidd takes charge of Team USA • Meet the boxers who won the U.S....

September 03, 2007 | Tim Layden
Dash Flash By surging past Asafa Powell in their showdown at the worlds, Tyson Gay became the Olympic favorite in the 100

September 03, 2007 | Tim Layden
Lauryn Williams was a surprise Olympic silver medalist in the 100 meters in 2004 and a surprise world champion in 2005 after finishing third at that year's nationals. She arrived in Osaka having...

September 03, 2007 | Alan Shipnuck
Half Full Tiger was a no-show, but the first FedEx Cup playoff event provided a stirring and popular comeback story

September 03, 2007 | Alan Shipnuck
Having covered the U.S. Women's Amateur and the men's Amateur over the last three weeks, I've had a front-row seat to all that's right about golf: playing hard for nothing more than an invitation...

September 03, 2007 | Lars Anderson
Title Match? Paired with new crew chief Pat Tryson, Kurt Busch is back in winning form and looking like a Cup contender