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FOR SEPT. 4--11, 2017


Protest Song

Colin Kaepernick may be out of the league, but his impact endures. Already this preseason we've seen a diverse group of Cleveland Browns silently protesting before a game (right), while white players in Seattle and Philadelphia also joined the demonstrations. There are plenty of people inside and outside the NFL's offices who would prefer to see these anthem protests end, but the reality is, they're only growing. For more on the movement's direction this season, plus an exploration of the league's reaction and whether Kaepernick will ever play again, go to


Pulling Rank


400 MMQB

Which young star would you pick to anchor your D: Raiders defensive lineman Khalil Mack or Chargers linebacker Joey Bosa? Who's the NFL's best receiver: the Falcons' Julio Jones or the Steelers' Antonio Brown? The MMQB's Andy Benoit is here to settle all your debates. He ranked the league's top 400 players using a simple criterion: Does Player A perform better at his position than Player B? Find his results in our team scouting reports (page 62), and for full rankings, sortable by position and team, go to

Crystal Football

The NFL's opening kickoff is right around the corner, and The MMQB is ready with a slew of picks and predictions. For the micro-minded, Albert Breer will take you week by week, picking the outcome of every game. As for who'll lift the Lombardi Trophy in February, SI's entire NFL staff contributed playoff and Super Bowl LII forecasts at