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September 03, 2001 | Volume 95, Issue 9

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Marshall Faulk Cover - Sports Illustrated September 03, 2001

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
Marshall Faulk is the best player in the game, but the Rams' running back didn't truly shine until he had his great awakening

September 03, 2001
Got an NFL question for Peter King? Chat with SI's resident gridiron and coffee guru on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. EDT at cnnsi.com/si_online.

September 03, 2001 | Compiled by David Sabino
WILD-CARD PLAYOFFS

September 03, 2001 | Compiled by David Sabino
We ranked the NFL's offensive backs, receivers, kickers and return men from I (the best) to 500, based on our projections of their statistical production this season. The categories considered...

September 03, 2001 | Compiled by David Sabino
For the complete list of PVRs by position, go to cnnsi.com/fantasy. For NFL scores, team pages, rosters, depth charts and individual and team statistics, plus the latest news and analysis from...

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
The conference champs are out to prove their Super Bowl run was no fluke

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Giants

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
Sept.10 at Denver (Mon.)16 GREEN BAY23 at Kansas City30 NEW ORLEANS

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
Donovan McNabb can't do it alone—and this time around he won't have to

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Eagles

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
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September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
A good Plummer can plug some of the leaks here, but not all of them

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Cardinals

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
Sept.9 Open date16 at Washington23 DENVER30 ATLANTA

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
Can two strong-willed men share a team without driving each other crazy?

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Redskins

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
Sept. 9 at San Diego16 ARIZONA24 at Green Bay (Mon.)30 KANSAS CITY

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
With a rookie under center, things will get worse before they get better

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Cowboys

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
Sept. 9 TAMPA BAY16 at Detroit23 SAN DIEGO30 at Philadelphia

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
Their own expectations may turn out to be their toughest opponent

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Buccaneers

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
Sept. 9 at Dallas16 PHILADELPHIA23 Open date30 at Minnesota

September 03, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
A franchise at a crossroads: Is it in decline or on the way back?

September 03, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Packers

September 03, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Sept. 9 DETROIT16 at N.Y. Giants24 WASHINGTON (Mon.)30 at Carolina

September 03, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
The question for Dennis Green and Co.: Can they win after such a huge loss?

September 03, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Vikings

September 03, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Sept. 9 CAROLINA17 at Baltimore (Mon.)23 at Chicago30 TAMPA BAY

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
They're in for a batch of trouble if their quarterback doesn't improve

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Lions

September 03, 2001 | Josh Elliott
Sept. 9 at Green Bay16 DALLAS23 at Cleveland30 Open date

September 03, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
An already tough defense figures to get better, but, oh, that offense

September 03, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Bears

September 03, 2001 | Kostya Kennedy
Sept. 9 at Baltimore16 JACKSONVILLE23 MINNESOTA30 Open date

September 03, 2001
Rising SonsTokyo Kitasuna players celebrate winning the Little League World Series with two last-inning runs as Apopka, Fla., catcher Will Blankenship unmasks his sorrow (page 62).

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
Mike Martz's cure for underachievers on defense was simple: Get rid of 'em

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Rams

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
Sept. 9 at Philadelphia16 ATLANTA23 at San Francisco30 MIAMI

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
Ricky Williams is primed to run wild after getting a not-so-subtle message

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Saints

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
Sept. 9 at Buffalo16 SAN FRANCISCO 23 Open date30 at N.Y. Giants

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
Rookie pass rusher Andre Carter may be not just a blessing but a Kearse

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
an opposing team's scout sizes up the 49ers

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
Sept. 9 ATLANTA16 at New Orleans23 ST LOUIS

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
Jamal Anderson and his teammates are fighting to regain respectability

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Falcons

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
Sept. 9 at San Francisco16 at St. Louis23 CAROLINA30 at Arizona

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
Dumping his QB for long-term gains may give George Seifert short-term grief

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Panthers

September 03, 2001 | Michael Silver
Sept. 9 at Minnesota16 NEW ENGLAND23 at Atlanta30 GREEN BAY

September 03, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
Scoring won't be a problem, but the defense needs to make its points too

September 03, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Colts

September 03, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
Sept. 9 at N.Y. Jets16 DENVER23 BUFFALO30 at New England

September 03, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
It's stuffy in South Florida, with run stoppers Tim Bowens and Daryl Gardener

September 03, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Dolphins

September 03, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
Sept. 9 at Tennessee

September 03, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
There's a new coach and renewed enthusiasm, but what else is new?

September 03, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Jets

September 03, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
Sept. 9 INDIANAPOLIS16 at Oakland23 at New England

September 03, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
The 3-4 is history, but the revamped staff will still try to win with defense

September 03, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Bills

September 03, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
Sept. 9 NEW ORLEANS16 at Miami23 at Indianapolis30 PITTSBURGH

September 03, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
If Drew Bledsoe ever needed to play like a $103 million man, it's now

September 03, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Patriots

September 03, 2001 | Paul Zimmerman
Sept. 9 at Cincinnati16 at Carolina23 N.Y. JETS30 INDIANAPOLIS

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
With Elvis in the house, the D-fending champs have gained some needed 0

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Ravens

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
Sept. 9 CHICAGO17 MINNESOTA (Mon.)23 at Cincinnati30 at Denver

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
The titanic task: Forget about a devastating playoff loss to you-know-who

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Titans

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
Sept. 9 MIAMI16 CINCINNATI23 at Jacksonville30 Open date

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
They're thin, injury-prone and cap-challenged, but, hey, why worry?

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Jaguars

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
Sept. 9 PITTSBURGH16 at Chicago23 TENNESSEE30 CLEVELAND

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
Get ready for a new stadium, a new offense and, perhaps, a new Kordell

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Steelers

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
Sept. 9 at Jacksonville16 CLEVELAND23 Open date30 at Buffalo

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
Unfortunately for Dick LeBeau, three quarterbacks are not better than one

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Bengals

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
Sept. 9 NEW ENGLAND16 at Tennessee23 BALTIMORE30 at San Diego

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
The Butch Davis era begins with short passes, werewolves and Edgerrin II

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Browns

September 03, 2001 | Peter King
Sept. 9 SEATTLE16 at Pittsburgh23 DETROIT30 at Jacksonville

September 03, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
Trace Armstrong has hit it big; now the Silver and Black hopes to do the same

September 03, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Raiders

September 03, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
Sept. 9 at Kansas City16 N.Y. JETS23 at Miami30 SEATTLE

September 03, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
In a city with Mile-High expectations, the pressure is squarely on the defense

September 03, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Broncos

September 03, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
Sept. 10 N.Y. GIANTS (Mon.)16 at Indianapolis23 at Arizona30 BALTIMORE

September 03, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
His roster overhauled, Mike Holmgren now needs to follow up with wins

September 03, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Seahawks

September 03, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
Sept. 9 at Cleveland16 KANSAS CITY23 PHILADELPHIA30 at Oakland

September 03, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
Wanted: a running game that can carry a fair share of the load

September 03, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Chargers

September 03, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
Sept. 9 WASHINGTON16 Open date23 at Dallas30 CINCINNATI

September 03, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
Dick Vermeil wants to open things up, but has he got the players to do it?

September 03, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Chiefs

September 03, 2001 | Jeffri Chadiha
Sept. 9 OAKLAND16 at Seattle23 N.Y. GIANTS30 at Washington

September 03, 2001 | Rick Reilly
Why is it the worst things happen to the best people?

September 03, 2001
A Brilliant GalaxyChills. That word best describes what I felt after reading Living Legends (July 30). I was only three when Willie Mays signed a baseball for my oldest brother. It remains our...