1. Lions' Loss to Ravens Deals Crippling Blow to Detroit's Playoff Hopes

    One swing of Justin Tucker's right leg dealt a crippling and potentially fatal blow to the playoff hopes of the Detroit Lions . Actually, make that six swings...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 2,564 reads 60 comments

  2. Fact or Fiction for the Jay Cutler, Josh McCown QB Controversy

    The term "controversy" is a subjective one when approaching the quarterback situation of the Chicago Bears ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 9,568 reads 76 comments

  3. Packers Out of Excuses After Season-Saving Win over Cowboys

    One of the most improbable come-from-behind wins in franchise history has revived the once flatlining Green Bay Packers in the race to represent the NFC North as division champions...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 56,034 reads 62 comments

  4. Dallas Remains a Tale of Two Cities for the Green Bay Packers

    The city of Dallas is a bit of an enigma for the Green Bay Packers . On one hand, the Packers haven't beaten the Cowboys in Dallas in over 25 years...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 5,591 reads 2 comments

  5. What the Bears Are Gaining and Giving Up By Starting Jay Cutler

    Ask anyone inside Halas Hall who the starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears is, and you'll get the uniformed response of Jay Cutler ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 12,217 reads 70 comments

  6. Exploring the Future of Packers DL B.J. Raji During a Contract Year

    For a stretch last season, Green Bay Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji looked like the kind of player NFL teams would be willing to pay bags full of money for...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 10,540 reads 19 comments

  7. Minnesota Vikings Left to Ponder What Could Have Been in 2013

    Playing the "what if" game doesn't last long in an NFL locker room. Those that make their living inside those walls are hardwired to be singularly focused on the task at hand, which is typically the looming game on a long, grueling schedule...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 5,984 reads 23 comments

  8. Breaking Down NFC North Title Race Entering Week 15

    There isn't a division in football that will be as entertaining over the final three weeks of the season as the turbulent and often volatile NFC North...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 12,308 reads 46 comments

  9. Alshon Jeffery's Emergence Has Bears Offense Firing on All Cylinders

    Many will rightfully point to the play-calling of first-year head coach Marc Trestman or the extraordinary stint from backup Josh McCown to help explain why the Chicago Bears are currently playing so well on offense...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 5,671 reads 25 comments

  10. Will 4th-Quarter Follies Be the Detroit Lions' Undoing?

    The Detroit Lions might eventually look back on the last month of football and wonder how the outlook on an entire season went from so bright to so disappointingly dim...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 2,222 reads 48 comments

  11. Packers Save Season, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive with Close Victory over Falcons

    As the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions both jogged into their respective halftime locker rooms Sunday afternoon, the playoff picture in the NFC North appeared to be getting one step closer to clarity...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 9,668 reads 24 comments

  12. Fate of the Packers' Season Rests with Clay Matthews and the Defense

    Another week without Aaron Rodgers has put the fate of the Green Bay Packers ' sinking season back in the hands of Clay Matthews and the struggling Packers defense...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 2,698 reads 5 comments

  13. Consistency Remains the Key to Detroit Lions' Playoff Run

    There is little question that the Detroit Lions are talented enough to qualify for the NFC playoffs as a division champion...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 2,749 reads 16 comments

  14. How Much Has Aaron Rodgers' Absence Really Hurt the Packers?

    No injury in the NFL this season has been as devastating, significant or season-altering as the fractured collarbone suffered by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 3,278 reads 15 comments

  15. Packers Highlight Backup QB Problem in the NFL's New Economic Landscape

    The Green Bay Packers have been universally lambasted for their handling of their backup quarterback position this season. Ever since Aaron Rodgers went out with a fractured collarbone on Nov...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 4,307 reads 5 comments

  16. Under Marc Trestman, the Chicago Bears Offense Is Built for the Long Haul

    The completion of three quarters of the 2013 season has provided more than enough evidence that the Chicago Bears offense under Marc Trestman is built for long-term viability, regardless of who is under center...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 6,702 reads 68 comments

  17. What's Wrong with the NFC North?

    There was a time in the not-so-distant past when the NFC North was widely considered one of the NFL 's heavyweight divisions...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 10,743 reads 72 comments

  18. How Can the Chicago Bears Slow Down Adrian Peterson and Vikings Run Game?

    When the Chicago Bears travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings Sunday, the chances of the Bears' slumping run defense doing anything more than containing running back Adrian Peterson are slim to none...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 3,761 reads 19 comments

  19. Are the Packers Officially Doomed in the NFC North Race?

    The Green Bay Packers ' chances of staying alive in the NFC North race were dealt a decisive blow when the division-leading Detroit Lions routed Green Bay on Thanksgiving Day...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 12,120 reads 77 comments

  20. Packers vs. Lions: Complete Thanksgiving Day Primer for Green Bay and Detroit

    The long standing tradition of the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions playing on Thanksgiving Day will add another chapter Thursday...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 13,495 reads 12 comments

  21. Slumping Run Defense Will Be Big Trouble for Chicago Bears Down the Stretch

    If any one factor is currently threatening the Chicago Bears ' ability to stay afloat in the playoff hunt, it's a 32nd-ranked run defense that was just gashed by the St...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 3,628 reads 31 comments

  22. All the Packers Need Is Aaron Rodgers Back for Legitimate Playoff Push

    Despite not winning a game in the last 29 days, the Green Bay Packers currently find themselves within a half-game of the division lead in the stumbling NFC North...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 4,306 reads 19 comments

  23. What Packers, Vikings Tie Means for NFC Playoff Picture

    The muddled and log-jammed NFC North got no clearer on Sunday, when no team in the division emerged with a win despite the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings facing off head-to-head...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 48,134 reads 64 comments

  24. Where Must the Green Bay Packers See Improvement to Beat Vikings?

    The Green Bay Packers will have an opportunity to either save or sink their 2013 season when the Minnesota Vikings arrive at Lambeau Field in Week 12...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 2,255 reads 3 comments

  25. 5 Questions the Detroit Lions Must Answer vs. Buccaneers

    There are games that eventual playoff teams are expected to win, and then there's the Detroit Lions ' matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in Detroit...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 4,098 reads 13 comments