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Last season, Jeremy Lin performed well in a handful of NBA games before gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated... Deron Williams' track record and the excitement over the Nets' move to Brooklyn got him on the cover before he even as much as had to suit up for preseason game at Barclays Center.

He's probably still deserving, though.

Tags: Brooklyn Nets Better Than New York Knicks, Deron Williams Sports Illustrated, Deron Williams Sports Illustrated Cover, NBA Brooklyn Nets News, Nets, SNY Brooklyn Nets Blog, Moke Hamilton
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The moment Vince Young (now of the Buffalo Bills) uttered the phrase ?dream team?, a foolish, premature description of the Philadelphia Eagles? rapid accumulation of upper-echelon free agents last offseason, the seeds were planted for disappointment, missed expectations and failure. After a convincing, 31-13, thrashing of the St. Louis Rams in its first game, Philadelphia lost eight of its next 11 games. Their failed free-agent science experiment crumbled in epic fashion, and Andy Reid?s hot-seat burned vigorously, yet the Eagles managed to salvage their season, somewhat, by winning five of their last eight for a respectable 8-8 record.

Their late-season hot streak was maddeningly frustrating for Philadelphia fans who knew what their team was capable of all season. The positive takeaway was that the future looked bright, that their late surge would springboard them to greater heights next season, when perhaps their ?dream team? talent would manifest itself in a division championship and postseason success.

SI. com NFL columnist Don Banks agrees with this sentiment, saying as much in a column released over the weekend.

Tags: Giants-Eagles, Philadelphia Eagles, Sports Illustrated
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In this week's Sports Illustrated, Peter King gives his prediction for Sunday night's Giants-Colts game in Indianapolis:

The Brothers Manning play but once every four years. Over the summer Peyton, of the Colts, said he hopes he can savor this week's game against Eli, of the Giants, because he doesn't know how many more of the matchups there will be. But the elder Manning probably won't have much time for reflection. Peyton got beaten up in a Week 1 loss to the Texans?he was sacked twice and hit 10 times?and he'll be facing a new New York defensive front that against Carolina on Sunday was reminiscent of the ferocious group that harassed Tom Brady into five sacks in the Super Bowl three years ago. Expect Peyton to have trouble throwing downfield. If the Giants can make Colts tight end Dallas Clark a nonfactor, they'll win. One problem: No one makes Dallas Clark a nonfactor. Colts 24, Giants 20
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Can you believe it??

Sports Illustrated's? Peter King has predicted the New York Giants to win the NFC East with a 11 & 4 record.?

His reasoning for the prediction...a combination between the "NASCAR" defensive scheme where all four defensive down lineman are pash rushing ends(Tuck, Kiwi, Osi, JPP), Perry Fewell's ability to call a defense similar to the great Steve Spagnuolo and a healthy Chris Canty.

Tags: 2007 Giants, Chris Canty, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, NFC East, Osi Umenyiora, Perry Fewell, Peter King, Sports Illustrated, Steve Spagnuolo
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