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By Adam Duerson

SI Fantasy Plus

Lessons From Last Year

By Adam Duerson

Should Top QBs Be Taken Higher?

By David Sabino

Who Is Ready to Join the Elite?

Bluffing on the Flops

Gamesmanship rules at a poker star's fantasy auction

By Adam Duerson

Intelligence Report

By Peter King

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD

Reading the Play

An ex-college star's soul-baring memoir sets the standard for this season's football lit

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

The Fall and Rise of Michael Vick

Redemption isn't possible, it's inevitable

By Charlie Leerhsen

Ryan Braun ...Smashing Debut

As told to Joe Lemire

WHO'S Hot / WHO'S Not

WHO'S Hot / WHO'S Not

Back to School

By Joe Lemire

For the Record

Reinventing the Reel

Who will be the NFL's next highlight hero?

By Peter King

My One and Only

Thousands of at bats, but just a single grand slam

THE QUESTIONS WITH José Vidro

MARINERS DH

Joys of Cleveland

A linebacker talks about the town he loves

The E True Story

A new documentary shows both sides of the Man in Black

Q&A Boomer Esiason

The CBS analyst takes over Don Imus's slot on WFAN-New York on Sept. 4

By Richard Deitsch

Week Ahead

What to watch and watch for

By Sarah Kwak

Faces in the Crowd

Inside

Inside: The Week In Sports

Olympic Sports

By Tim Layden

Golf

By Alan Shipnuck

NASCAR

By Lars Anderson

Baseball

By Albert Chen

2007 NFL Preview

2007 NFL Preview

How do you assign value to players and then rank the best from 1 to 500? That was the big idea of SI's Peter King, who nearly came to regret it. Who else would lose sleep over No. 324?

By Peter King

The King 500

Andre Johnson over Marvin Harrison? Marc Bulger ahead of Donovan McNabb? A tackle in the top 10? SI's 1-to-500 ranking of the NFL's best is filled with surprises

By Peter King

1 Peyton Manning

Quarterback, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

By Peter King

53 Bart Scott

Linebacker, BALTIMORE RAVENS

By Tim Layden

69 Devin Hester

Returner-Receiver, CHICAGO BEARS

By Andrew Lawrence

1,000 Mike Leach

Long Snapper, DENVER BRONCOS

By Peter King

Best vs. Best

By Adam Duerson

2007 Scouting Reports

1 New England Patriots

This perennial powerhouse became even more formidable by making the off-season's splashiest personnel catches

By Andrew Lawrence

2 New York Jets

Anything goes in the land of the Mangenius--but what's really needed is a Houdini to pull off more of that '06 magic

By Peter King

3 Buffalo Bills

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

By Peter King

4 Miami Dolphins

A somewhat, ahem, looser atmosphere under Cam Cameron will extend to the field, where versatility will be the watchword

By Andrew Lawrence

1 Cincinnati Bengals

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

By Peter King

2 Baltimore Ravens

The defense is playing at a historically high level, but postseason hopes hinge on whether the attack can keep up

By Tim Layden

3 Pittsburgh Steelers

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

By Peter King

4 Cleveland Browns

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

By Peter King

1 Indianapolis Colts

The reigning champs are masters at finding replacement parts--and now they'll be put to the test like never before

By Peter King

2 Tennessee Titans

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

By Andrew Lawrence

3 Jacksonville Jaguars

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

By Tim Layden

4 Houston Texans

A year after passing on Vince Young and Reggie Bush, these expansionists start fresh with a new QB and No. 1 back

By Tim Layden

1 San Diego Charagers

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

By George Dohrmann

2 Denver Broncos

An off-season of heartache has taught these players that they've got to seize the day--and hold on to their leads

By Peter King

3 Kansas City Chiefs

Can a blend of veteran experience and youthful promise give this club something other than a Jekyll-and-Hyde identity?

By Peter King

4 Oakland Raiders

Excellence may be out of the question for now, but an infusion of optimism hints at a commitment to competence, at least

By Kelli Anderson

1 Philadelphia Eagles

A rejuvenated quarterback and a retooled linebacker corps have this aging team primed for a run at the Super Bowl

By Ben Reiter

2 Dallas Cowboys

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

By Ben Reiter

3 New York Giants

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

By Ben Reiter

4 Washington Redskins

Two new playmakers will shore up a horrid defense while a raw young quarterback continues to find his way

By Ben Reiter

1 Chicago Bears

The reigning NFC champs think they've made the tweaks they needed to take that last step--but it really all falls to Rex

By Peter King

2 Green Bay Packers

A beefy D and last year's big finish have the Green and Gold thinking it can challenge in the Black and Blue division

By Peter King

3 Minnesota Vikings

They stop the run like no one else--now the offense, with a second-year QB and a rookie running back, must improve

By Peter King

4 Detroit Lions

The Marinelli makeover is starting to pay off, not necessarily in Super Bowl dreams but in a winning mood in the Motor City

By David Epstein

1 New Orleans Saints

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

By Mark Beech

2 Carolina Panthers

More, more, more is the message on the offensive side of the ball, where the ample talent is just waiting to be tapped

By Tim Layden

3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The quarterback carousel has taken another spin, a fitting symbol for a club that seems to be going around in circles

By Tim Layden

4 Atlanta Falcons

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

By Tim Layden

1 Seattle Seahawks

Front-office moves and good news on the medical front point to better things--possibly even a return to Super Bowl form

By Peter King

2 St. Louis Rams

This .500 club is counting on its ultraproductive back and newly anointed franchise QB to carry it out of the doldrums

By L. Jon Wertheim

3 San Francisco 49ERS

A playoff berth may remain out of reach for the moment, but it's also tantalizing for a team that's improving steadily

By George Dohrmann

4 Arizona Cardinals

The hot pick of last season will benefit from reduced expectations--and an infusion of "Steeler mentality"

By George Dohrmann

Life of Reilly

Getting a Second Wind

By Rick Reilly

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