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Oct. 06, 2014
Oct. 06, 2014

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Oct. 6, 2014

INBOX
SI SOCIAL MEDIA
MATT FORTE
  • Deceptively fast. Smoother than you'd think.... You can tag Matt Forte with all of the backhanded compliments you want, but the facts remain: He's the brain and the heart of Chicago's (maddeningly) lethal offense, and he's more important to his team than any other back in the NFL

  • Poor starts? We've seen a few—and we're not even counting the suspended likes of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson

MLB PLAYOFF PREVIEW
NHL PREVIEW 2014-15
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28 PRO FOOTBALL

Matt Forte

He's the brain and the heart of the Bears' lethal offense

By Tim Layden

+ MLB PLAYOFF PREVIEW

36 BASEBALL

Playoff Preview

Keep the bullpen rolling—and find a few hitters who can beat the heat

By Tom Verducci

40 Clayton Kershaw

The Dodgers' ace is chasing one last big prize: October glory

By Lee Jenkins

+ NHL PREVIEW 2014--15

50 Anze Kopitar

The Slovenian center has the Kings on the verge of becoming a modern dynasty

By Eric Nusbaum

58 Power Rankings

The best—and worst—teams in the East and the West

By Brian Cazeneuve and Sarah Kwak

66 5-Minute Guide

Predicting all the major awards, and which team will hoist the Stanley Cup

DEPARTMENTS

2 SI Digital

6 Leading Off

12 Inbox

15 Social Media

17 Scorecard

24 Just My Type

Dan Patrick: QB Taysom Hill of unbeaten BYU

26 Faces in the Crowd

68 Point After

Steve Rushin: The real deal on being a Real Man

ON THE COVER: ROBERT BECK/SI (KERSHAW AND KOPITAR); DILIP VISHWANAT FOR SI (ADAM WAINWRIGHT AND T.J. OSHIE, BACKGROUND); SIMON BRUTY/SI (ALEXANDER OVECHKIN); JONATHAN BIELASKI FOR SI (ADAM JONES); TODD OLSZEWSKI FOR SI (LOCKERS); PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONS BY SI PREMEDIA (ST. LOUIS, BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON)

PHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT BECK/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED