To celebrate the start of the 2011 NFL season, Sports Illustrated produced six regional covers for this week’s edition, which hits newsstands on Wednesday.
Patriots’ linebacker Jerod Mayo is the cover subject for the edition which we will see in New England; all six of the covers feature defensive players. Atlanta’s
James Curtis Lofton, the Jets’ Calvin Pace, the Steelers’ Lamar Woodley, Green Bay’s Clay Matthews and Dallas’ DeMarcus Ware are the other players featured.
In the magazine, writer Peter King predicts that the Patriots will finish with a 12-4 record, yet another AFC East title – and also that they will lose in the first round of the playoffs again, to the Ravens.