Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald leaps over Lawyer Milloy (36) and Chris Houston (23) to hauls in a touchdown pass during a 2009 game against the Falcons. In this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated, 324 NFL players were asked who they would want on the receiving end of a Hail Mary pass. (John W. McDonough/SI)           
GALLERY: NFL Players Poll - Best wide receiver to catch a Hail Mary

Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald leaps over Lawyer Milloy (36) and Chris Houston (23) to hauls in a touchdown pass during a 2009 game against the Falcons. In this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated, 324 NFL players were asked who they would want on the receiving end of a Hail Mary pass. (John W. McDonough/SI)           

GALLERY: NFL Players Poll - Best wide receiver to catch a Hail Mary

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu tackles Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker during Sunday’s game at Heinz Field. Welker was held to 39 receiving yards on five carries as the Pittsburgh defense stifled the Patriots on their way to a 25-17 victory. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)
BANKS: After dismantling Pats, Steelers have look of championsKING MMQB: Ten realities are clear at the midpoint of NFL seasonBURKE: Eagles finally make their entrance into the NFC East raceBANKS: Giants survive scare and more Week 8 Snap JudgementsVIDEO: Tebow deserves longer leash | Steelers are tops in AFC

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu tackles Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker during Sunday’s game at Heinz Field. Welker was held to 39 receiving yards on five carries as the Pittsburgh defense stifled the Patriots on their way to a 25-17 victory. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)

BANKS: After dismantling Pats, Steelers have look of champions
KING MMQB: Ten realities are clear at the midpoint of NFL season
BURKE: Eagles finally make their entrance into the NFC East race
BANKS: Giants survive scare and more Week 8 Snap Judgements
VIDEO: Tebow deserves longer leash | Steelers are tops in AFC



Raiders coach Kenny Stabler and coach John Madden pose during a 1977 photo shoot. Ann Killion wrote on SI.com that current coach Hue Jackson is the most important living Raider. After the death of Al Davis, and with Madden and Stabler retired, she may be right. The Raiders face the Browns at the O.co Coliseum on Sunday. (AP)
KILLION: Why Hue Jackson is the most important living RaiderBANKS: Raiders, 49ers bring back Bay Area relevanceBANKS: Raiders climb to No. 11 in latest Power RankingsKING: Predicting all the scores for Week 6 in the NFL

Raiders coach Kenny Stabler and coach John Madden pose during a 1977 photo shoot. Ann Killion wrote on SI.com that current coach Hue Jackson is the most important living Raider. After the death of Al Davis, and with Madden and Stabler retired, she may be right. The Raiders face the Browns at the O.co Coliseum on Sunday. (AP)

KILLION: Why Hue Jackson is the most important living Raider
BANKS: Raiders, 49ers bring back Bay Area relevance
BANKS: Raiders climb to No. 11 in latest Power Rankings
KING: Predicting all the scores for Week 6 in the NFL

This week’s issue of Sports Illustrated has three covers. The first  features Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas as the Bruins prepare to defend the Stanley Cup. The second is Detroit WR Calvin Johnson, who has helped the Lions race out to a perfect 4-0 record. The final cover is Alabama DL Josh Chapman and questions whether the Crimson Tide’s defense could be the best ever?  (Bruins - Damien Strohmeyer/SI; Lions - David E. Klutho/SI; Alamaba - Bill Frakes/SI)

This week’s issue of Sports Illustrated has three covers. The first features Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas as the Bruins prepare to defend the Stanley Cup. The second is Detroit WR Calvin Johnson, who has helped the Lions race out to a perfect 4-0 record. The final cover is Alabama DL Josh Chapman and questions whether the Crimson Tide’s defense could be the best ever?  (Bruins - Damien Strohmeyer/SI; Lions - David E. Klutho/SI; Alamaba - Bill Frakes/SI)

Lions WR Calvin Johnson makes a touchdown reception over Cowboys CB Terence Newman late in the fourth quarter at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday. The Lions beat the Cowboys, 34-30. (ZUMAPRESS.com)
KING: Ten things that surprise me about NFL at season’s quarter-poleBANKS: Ravens defense leaves Sanchez, Jets dazed and confusedBANKS: Romo rollercoaster ride continues; More thoughts on Week 4VIDEO: Bears winning with ground game | Texans outmuscle Steelers

Lions WR Calvin Johnson makes a touchdown reception over Cowboys CB Terence Newman late in the fourth quarter at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday. The Lions beat the Cowboys, 34-30. (ZUMAPRESS.com)

KING: Ten things that surprise me about NFL at season’s quarter-pole
BANKS: Ravens defense leaves Sanchez, Jets dazed and confused
BANKS: Romo rollercoaster ride continues; More thoughts on Week 4
VIDEO: Bears winning with ground game | Texans outmuscle Steelers

This week’s issue of Sports Illustrated has three covers. The first features Philadelphia pitchers Cliff Lee and Ryan Madson as the two aces prepare for the playoffs. The second shows Bills corneback Drayton Florence returning a Tom Brady interception for a touchdown and the final is of former Bears RB Walter Payton, the subject of a just-published biography. (Phillies - Al Tielemans/SI; Bills - Al Tielemans/SI; Bears - Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

This week’s issue of Sports Illustrated has three covers. The first features Philadelphia pitchers Cliff Lee and Ryan Madson as the two aces prepare for the playoffs. The second shows Bills corneback Drayton Florence returning a Tom Brady interception for a touchdown and the final is of former Bears RB Walter Payton, the subject of a just-published biography. (Phillies - Al Tielemans/SI; Bills - Al Tielemans/SI; Bears - Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)