The Lineup

September 04, 2005

SEPTEMBER 5, 2005

VOLUME 103, NO. 9

Departments

8 Leading Off

18 Letters

21 Air and Space

Without the big drivers, the Buick takes a backseat to golf's majors, but it's still a great ride

by Steve Rushin

22 Scorecard

• The new charges against Lance

• Tennis's James Blake roars back

• Jerseys flunk spelling test

35 Faces in the Crowd

174 Life of Reilly

A freak accident sidelined Arizona high school star Joe Kay for good, but he's still in the game

by Rick Reilly

Inside ...

40 Baseball

• 12 teams vie for 5 postseason slots

44 WNBA

• Can Powell take Monarchs to finals?

46 College Football

• At last, Shockley is Georgia's QB

DOUBLE ISSUE -- 2005 NFL PREVIEW

48 Playmakers SI's 46th pro football preview focuses on the men who change their teams' fortunes in the blink of an eye

50 Going by the Book

Think NFL playbooks are just diagrams? You'll be amazed at how much the poor player has to learn

by Peter King

55 Anatomy of an NFL Play

Ravens QB Kyle Boller learns PFB Double Square Out, with five receivers to choose from

by Peter King

62 Wideouts: Catch This Act

The Bengals' Chad Johnson is fast becoming a top threat at the league's new marquee position

by Michael Silver

70 Safeties: Look at Me Now

Baltimore's gamebreaking Ed Reed has become the best player on the NFL's best defense

by Jeffri Chadiha

81 Who'll Win the Super Bowl

How teams will finish (Julius Peppers and Carolina on top) • Playoff winners and losers • Dr. Z's Power Rankings

82 Scouting Reports

SI sizes up all 32 teams • Player Value Ranking: NFL skill players rated (top quarterback: the Colts' Peyton Manning)

Cover

PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN BIEVER

INSET PHOTOS: Greg Foster (playbook); NFL/WireImage.com (helmets)

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