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September 06, 2010 | Volume 113, Issue 8

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Drew Brees Cover - Sports Illustrated September 06, 2010

September 06, 2010 | TERRY McDONELL
I thought, from that morning on, I would be scoring touchdowns ... all my life and never be touched or tackled.

September 06, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
This team has talent, but does it have toughness? If so, the playoffs are in reach

September 06, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
2009 Record: 9--7

September 06, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
Kareem Jackson, Cornerback

September 06, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
The talent is there—leadership and maturity are the pressing issues

September 06, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
2009 Record: 8--8

September 06, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
Derrick Morgan, Defensive end

September 06, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
A local product will try to revive Florida's fan-starved franchise

September 06, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
2009 Record: 7--9

September 06, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
Tyson Alualu, Defensive tackle

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
Holdouts at critical positions could scuttle Year 1 of the post-Tomlinson era

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
2009 Record: 13--3

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
Ryan Mathews, Running back

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
The ground game could be solid if Darren McFadden can stay on the field

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
2009 Record: 5--11

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
Jason Campbell, Quarterback

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
It's Kyle Orton's team—for now—and he looks ready to rise to the challenge

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
2009 Record: 8--8

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
Robert Ayers, Linebacker

September 06, 2010 | Don Banks
The draft class of 2010 should set the tone for a long-term turnaround

September 06, 2010 | Don Banks
2009 Record: 4--12

September 06, 2010 | Don Banks
Thomas Jones, Running back

September 06, 2010 | Pablo S. Torre
Resuscitating a once dominant defense? Looks like a job for Superman

September 06, 2010 | Pablo S. Torre
2009 Record: 8--8

September 06, 2010 | Pablo S. Torre
Steve Smith, Wide receiver

September 06, 2010 | Peter King
An explosive, every-down back is needed, and Felix Jones says he's ready

September 06, 2010 | Peter King
2009 Record: 11--5

September 06, 2010 | Peter King
Doug Free, Left tackle

September 06, 2010 | Pablo S. Torre
New quarterback, new feature back and a new commitment to toughness

September 06, 2010 | Pablo S. Torre
2009 Record: 11--5

September 06, 2010 | Pablo S. Torre
LeSean McCoy, Running back

September 06, 2010 | Pablo S. Torre
Mike Shanahan arrives to, ahem, adjust some attitudes in D.C.

September 06, 2010 | Pablo S. Torre
2009 Record: 4--12

September 06, 2010 | Pablo S. Torre
London Fletcher, Linebacker

September 06, 2010 | Damon Hack
Their prospects are Super—if they can see their former icon as just another QB

September 06, 2010 | Damon Hack
2009 Record: 11--5

September 06, 2010 | Damon Hack
A.J. Hawk, Linebacker

September 06, 2010 | Damon Hack
The Man returns, but will he have the weapons to repeat last year's magic?

September 06, 2010 | Damon Hack
2009 Record: 12--4

September 06, 2010 | Damon Hack
Adrian Peterson, Running back

September 06, 2010 | Damon Hack
An offensive whiz arrives on the Midway to inject some life into the attack

September 06, 2010 | Damon Hack
2009 Record: 7--9

September 06, 2010 | Damon Hack
Brian Urlacher, Linebacker

September 06, 2010 | Damon Hack
Is that the sun peeking through the clouds over the Motor City 11?

September 06, 2010 | Damon Hack
2009 Record: 2--14

September 06, 2010 | Damon Hack
Kyle Vanden Bosch, Defensive end

September 06, 2010
Bruce Schoenfeld's article captured the romantic essence of a lost art in baseball. I wish more writers would pay attention to the nuances and details of sports. To hear players speak of the...

September 06, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
A Lombardi Trophy doesn't mean there's no room to improve, especially on D

September 06, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
2009 Record: 13--3

September 06, 2010 | Andrew Lawrence
Tracy Porter, Cornerback

September 06, 2010 | Peter King
A smart, low-risk offense will be the key to Carolina's hopes this season

September 06, 2010 | Peter King
2009 record: 8--8

September 06, 2010 | Peter King
Everette Brown, Defensive end

September 06, 2010 | Peter King
The defense must coalesce for this maturing team to contend consistently

September 06, 2010 | Peter King
2009 Record: 9--7

September 06, 2010 | Peter King
Sean Weatherspoon, Linebacker

September 06, 2010 | Peter King
It's the Dungy blueprint: Lay the foundation, and a title will come. Eventually

September 06, 2010 | Peter King
2009 Record: 3--13

September 06, 2010 | Peter King
Josh Freeman, Quarterback

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
Mike Singletary's crew will go as far as quarterback Alex Smith can take them

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
2009 Record: 8--8

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
Frank Gore, Running back

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
New coach Pete Carroll hopes a jolt of intensity will result in wins

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
2009 Record: 5-11

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
Aaron Curry, Linebacker

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
An All-Pro receiver waits to see if someone—anyone—can get him the ball

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
2009 Record: 10--6

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
Kerry Rhodes, Safety

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
A berth in the playoffs is a long shot, but Steven Jackson runs on and on

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
2009 Record: 1--15

September 06, 2010 | Jim Trotter
Sam Bradford, Quarterback

September 06, 2010
Every SI Story ... Every SI Photo ... Ever SI.COM/VAULT

September 06, 2010
ALL TOO FAMILIAR

September 06, 2010 | SELENA ROBERTS
This couldn't be the right room. It was only a clinic door, but when he swung it open, Wesley Walls passed through a portal to his future. He stood among bingo-hall sharks with their sock-hop...

September 06, 2010
In a pivotal scene from the upcoming drama, Vince Lombardi shows his Packers the play that will make them the first Super Bowl dynasty

September 06, 2010
Who's Hot

September 06, 2010 | Michael Bamberger
An ex--LPGA star's antimosque rant has divided the golf community

September 06, 2010 | Michael Bamberger
A Kentucky State Fair blue ribbon for home brewing was awarded to the maker of a bitter beer called Blackmail Ale, which features a picture on its label of Karen Sypher, the woman convicted of...

September 06, 2010
Claimed

September 06, 2010
1,000

September 06, 2010
Bud Selig

September 06, 2010 | Albert Chen
Book it: Stephen Strasburg will be back and firing full force

September 06, 2010 | Edited by ELIZABETH MCGARR
Eddie Swanson

September 06, 2010 | Dan Patrick
The Interview

September 06, 2010 | CHRIS MANNIX
The Spurs prepare for the post--Tim Duncan era in familiar fashion: with an overlooked import, Tiago Splitter

September 06, 2010 | CHRIS MANNIX
Messy Divorce

September 06, 2010 | ALBERT CHEN
By reinventing his swing, late-blooming Jose Bautista turned himself into this year's breakout slugger

September 06, 2010 | Joe Sheehan
The Cardinals appeared to wrest control of the NL Central by sweeping the Reds in a brawl-marred series in early August. After that, however, St. Louis dropped 10 of 15 games to fall five games...

September 06, 2010 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Under fire for reasons on and off the field, Rich Rodriguez enters Week 1 with much already at stake

September 06, 2010 | AUSTIN MURPHY
Kickoff Classics

September 06, 2010
Six-Point Landing

September 06, 2010 | DAVID SABINO
As rosters and roles come into focus, these players are looking even better than they did when practice started

September 06, 2010 | DAVID SABINO
Giving Props

September 06, 2010 | PETER KING
CLOCKWORK FOOTBALL

September 06, 2010 | DAMON HACK
GETTING TO THE QUARTERBACK IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER, WHICH IS WHY THE BEARS TOOK A $91.5 MILLION CHANCE ON DEFENSIVE END JULIUS PEPPERS—HIS CRITICS BE DAMNED

September 06, 2010 | DAMON HACK
PEPPERS BENEFITED FROM HIS THREE-SPORT BACKGROUND, BUT, SAYS HIS HIGH SCHOOL COACH, "I THINK HIS BURST IS FROM GOD."

September 06, 2010 | Peter King
Here are SI's five most fearsome pass rushers for 2010 and beyond. They'll chase and drop quarterbacks for the next half decade.

September 06, 2010 | PHIL TAYLOR
HE HAS THE STRONG ARM AND DRAMATIC FLAIR. BUT FOR MARK SANCHEZ TO BE A TRUE STAR, HE MUST DEVELOP THE NFL QB'S SIXTH SENSE

September 06, 2010 | PETER KING
PETER KING'S PREDICTIONS

September 06, 2010 | PETER KING
My philosophy? Past performance is no guarantee of future results, August is packed with false positives, and there's no morals clause for the postseason. Expect the unexpected—and look for a...

September 06, 2010 | Ben Reiter
A big, bad and ever-improving tackle should clear a path to the postseason