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September 05, 2011 | Volume 115, Issue 9

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Gerard Mayo Cover - Sports Illustrated September 05, 2011

September 05, 2011 | Andrew Lawrence
Looking for paydirt, they hit the free-agent market hard

September 05, 2011 | Andrew Lawrence
2010 RECORD: 8--8

September 05, 2011 | Andrew Lawrence
BLAINE GABBERT, Quarterback

September 05, 2011 | Andrew Lawrence
A first-rate line will buy time for the quarterback to learn the ropes

September 05, 2011 | Andrew Lawrence
2010 RECORD: 6--10

September 05, 2011 | Andrew Lawrence
AKEEM AYERS, Linebacker

September 05, 2011 | Andrew Lawrence
TOUGH OUT-OF-DIVISION GAMES WILL BE THE TEST

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
Two new big names make a potent defense Big Game caliber

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
2010 RECORD: 9--7

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
RYAN MATHEWS, Running back

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
An already potent offense added some powerful weapons

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
2010 RECORD: 10--6

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
KELLY GREGG, Nosetackle

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
Ever the rebels, they expect to survive key losses just fine

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
2010 RECORD: 8--8

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
DENARIUS MOORE, Wide receiver

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
Help arrives for a D that must pick itself up off the bottom

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
2010 RECORD: 4--12

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
VON MILLER, Linebacker

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
IT'S SAN DIEGO'S TURN TO RIDE A COMFY SCHEDULE

September 05, 2011
• After following baseball for more than 45 years, I can think of only one player who compares with Dustin Pedroia and his intense, hustling style of play: Pete Rose. Still, what really impresses...

September 05, 2011
As the first pitcher to reach 20 wins this season, should Justin Verlander be considered a front-runner for the AL MVP award?

September 05, 2011 | Matt Gagne
The defense still has holes, but the offense is the real McCoy

September 05, 2011 | Matt Gagne
2010 RECORD: 10--6

September 05, 2011 | Matt Gagne
VINCE YOUNG, Quarterback

September 05, 2011 | Matt Gagne
A big man with a big name blows in to fire up a soft defense

September 05, 2011 | Matt Gagne
2010 RECORD: 6--10

September 05, 2011 | Matt Gagne
FELIX JONES, RUNNING BACK

September 05, 2011 | Matt Gagne
The catch in Big Blue's playoff plans? Consistency

September 05, 2011 | Matt Gagne
2010 RECORD: 10--6

September 05, 2011 | Matt Gagne
JONATHAN GOFF, Linebacker

September 05, 2011 | Matt Gagne
Scoff away, but the division's cellar dwellers believe in themselves

September 05, 2011 | Matt Gagne
2010 RECORD: 6--10

September 05, 2011 | Matt Gagne
RYAN KERRIGAN, Linebacker

September 05, 2011 | Matt Gagne
PHILLY'S STACKED, BUT THE SLATE FAVORS THE 'BOYS

September 05, 2011 | PETER KING
Tight end Jermichael Finley wants to join in on the Lombardi fun

September 05, 2011 | PETER KING
2010 RECORD: 10--6

September 05, 2011 | PETER KING
RANDALL COBB, Receiver/returner

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
Playoffs? If the franchise QB is healthy, there's reason to believe

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
2010 RECORD: 6--10

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
ERIC WRIGHT, Cornerback

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
A shaky line puts a return to the playoffs in serious doubt

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
2010 RECORD: 11--5

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
ROY WILLIAMS, Wide receiver

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
The Donovan McNabb gamble could pay off big—or go bust

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
2010 RECORD: 6--10

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
KYLE RUDOLPH, Tight end

September 05, 2011 | Dan Greene
AWAY-GAME SUCCESS COULD SWING THE DIVISION

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
The '09 champs can run again—and their defense will not hide

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
2010 RECORD: 11--5

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
DARREN SPROLES, All-purpose back

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
A stunning draft-day move will shape the season—and the future

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
2010 RECORD: 13--3

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
JACQUIZZ RODGERS, Running back

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
With Josh Freeman out front, the Baby Bucs are in it for the long haul

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
2010 RECORD: 10--6

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
GERALD MCCOY, Defensive tackle

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
They spent heavily to re-sign veterans. But did they spend wisely?

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
2010 RECORD: 2--14

September 05, 2011 | Peter King
CAM NEWTON, Quarterback

September 05, 2011 | Ryan Hatch
SAINTS-FALCONS ISN'T THE DIVISION'S ONLY SHOW

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
While the offense settles, a rising D holds the postseason key

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
2010 RECORD: 7--9

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
MIKE SIMS-WALKER, Wide receiver

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
A top wideout once again has someone to throw him the ball

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
2010 RECORD: 5--11

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
DAN WILLIAMS, Nosetackle

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
A green O-line will try to awaken a dormant ground game

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
2010 RECORD: 7--9

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
TARVARIS JACKSON, Quarterback

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
New coach Jim Harbaugh has energized a once-proud franchise

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
2010 RECORD: 6--10

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
ALDON SMITH, Linebacker

September 05, 2011
Founder: Henry R. Luce 1898--1967

September 05, 2011 | Jim Trotter
SECOND-HALF GAMES WILL DECIDE THE TITLE

September 05, 2011 | PHIL TAYLOR
So, kids, you want to grow up to be an NFL quarterback? A word of advice: Don't. Choose another dream job. Ben & Jerry's taste-tester. SI Swimsuit photographer. Oprah's best friend. But...

September 05, 2011 | TERRY McDONELL
Reporting is the essence of journalism, the one thing that has to be right, the place where knowledge meets heart. Here is Peter King reporting on the NFL's new hybrid defenses (page 46),...

September 05, 2011 | TERRY McDONELL
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September 05, 2011 | KELLI ANDERSON
Pat Summitt's courage will help in the fight against Alzheimer's disease

September 05, 2011 | KELLI ANDERSON
The Can-Am League's Newark Bears last week donated $2,000 to Mothers Against Drunk Driving on the same night that the team hosted a beer pong tournament.

September 05, 2011
HOT: LION IN WAIT

September 05, 2011
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September 05, 2011
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September 05, 2011
From Denver's QB1 spot, '07 Heisman winner Tim Tebow, a move that has stirred equal furor and elation. Here, Tebow's place on the NFL's undulating curve of stardom:

September 05, 2011
Who is the smartest player in baseball?

September 05, 2011 | Ben Reiter
A wild U.S. win (barely) overshadowed some silly adult stuff at the Little League World Series

September 05, 2011 | Lars Anderson
With 'Bama football in full swing, life goes on in tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa

September 05, 2011 | Lars Anderson
"It's like something to do with the universe."

September 05, 2011 | Mark Beech
Finally, some clarity in horse racing's muddy field of 3-year-olds

September 05, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
RUDY KAHSAR

September 05, 2011 | Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Following the move last week of Ravens lineman Michael Oher from left tackle to the less crucial right side, SI re-imagined the cover of Michael Lewis's 2006 best-seller, The Blind Side, which...

September 05, 2011 | DAN PATRICK
Larry Fitzgerald

September 05, 2011 | DAN PATRICK
SAY WHAT?

September 05, 2011 | TIM LAYDEN
How badly does track need Usain Bolt? His DQ at the worlds is a jolting reminder

September 05, 2011 | TIM LAYDEN
AMERICAN MADE

September 05, 2011 | TIM LAYDEN
With their dazzling gold medal runs, sprinter Carmelita Jeter and hurdler Jason Richardson added luster to their mentor John Smith's coaching legacy

September 05, 2011 | GRANT WAHL
A thrilling title game was a reminder that WPS has the world's best players. But will talent be enough to keep the league afloat?

September 05, 2011 | GRANT WAHL
BEASTLY EAST

September 05, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
There are intense quarterback battles at four traditional power programs, and the fates of those teams rest on who emerges as the winner

September 05, 2011 | LARS ANDERSON
To watch an interview with LSU coach Les Miles, go to SI.com/justaskin or scan this tag with your smart phone.

September 05, 2011 | STEWART MANDEL
LSU may beat No. 3 Oregon on Saturday, but the bar fight that led to quarterback Jordan Jefferson's arrest for second-degree battery doesn't bode well for the Tigers. Jefferson was supposed to be...