1. What's Next for Christian Ponder's NFL Career

    The idea of a learning curve no longer applies for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder . His leash, if tight before, is now uncomfortably restrictive. Pressure and urgency now rule the moment...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 14,701 reads 57 comments

  2. What to Expect from Josh Freeman's Vikings Career

    Consider the next three months an open audition for quarterback Josh Freeman . Released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just four games into a contract year, the 25-year-old Freeman ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 26,162 reads 121 comments

  3. Green Bay Packers Get Season Back on Track with Resurrected Defense

    Faced with the possibility of falling a full three games behind the Detroit Lions in the win column, the Green Bay Packers leaned on a much-maligned defense to provide the fuel for a 22-9 win over their NFC North rivals Sunday...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 4,359 reads 10 comments

  4. Will the Green Bay Packers Have an Answer for Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush?

    Through three games this season, the Green Bay Packers have gone to battle with the running back and receiver duos of Frank Gore and Anquan Boldin, Alfred Morris and Pierre Garcon and Giovani Bernard and A...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 4,139 reads 17 comments

  5. Can the Chicago Bears' Struggling Defense Contain Drew Brees, Saints Offense?

    A 3-1 start and league-leading turnover and defensive touchdown totals have clouded just how poorly the Chicago Bears have otherwise been on defense in 2013. Any chance of improvement might have to wait another week...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 4,570 reads 36 comments

  6. Green Bay Packers Can Offer Josh Freeman an Ideal Long-Term Situation

    The chances of recently released quarterback Josh Freeman landing in Green Bay as the Packers backup are, in all reality, slim to none. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released Freeman Thursday afternoon...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 9,165 reads 13 comments

  7. Return of Jerome Felton Provides Confidence for Adrian Peterson, Vikings Offense

    For the better part of three weeks, the running game of the Minnesota Vikings lacked a certain punch, even with MVP Adrian Peterson carrying the load. Something was noticeably different against the Pittsburgh Steelers in London...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 4,753 reads 7 comments

  8. Decision Between Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel Remains Difficult for Vikings

    Simple logic would suggest that the Minnesota Vikings have a straightforward decision to make at quarterback in the near future...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 15,492 reads 88 comments

  9. Are the Detroit Lions Finally Ready to Beat the Packers at Lambeau Field?

    The surprising Detroit Lions have been all about erasing ugly and embarrassing losing trends to start the 2013 season. In Week 3, there was the franchise's first road win against the Washington Redskins in 74 years and 19 tries...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 12,101 reads 115 comments

  10. Breaking Down the Jay Cutler Roller Coaster & What Bears Fans Should Now Expect

    Maybe there was some naivety to the idea that Marc Trestman could suddenly transform a 30-year-old Jay Cutler into an invulnerable, safe-guarding quarterback that was detached from a checkered past...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 8,335 reads 100 comments

  11. Detroit Lions Finally Assuming Playoff-Minded Identity

    If the Detroit Lions qualify for the playoffs in 2013, Sunday's 40-32 win over the previously unbeaten Chicago Bears might serve as the jumping-off point...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 10,904 reads 163 comments

  12. Can the Chicago Bears Protect Jay Cutler Against Lions' Pass Rush?

    Just a season ago, the Detroit Lions battered Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to the tune of seven sacks in two games...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 5,834 reads 56 comments

  13. Can Matt Cassel Snatch the Minnesota Vikings QB Job?

    The fractured rib that will keep Christian Ponder glued to the sideline this week has granted backup Matt Cassel a golden opportunity to steal away the starting quarterback job for the Minnesota Vikings ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 18,992 reads 135 comments

  14. How the Unbeaten Chicago Bears Can Keep Rolling vs. Lions

    The Chicago Bears will look to become 4-0 for the first time since 2006 and only the second time since 1991 when they travel to Detroit to take on the Lions in Week 4...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 10,010 reads 62 comments

  15. How Christian Ponder Can Eventually Lose Vikings' Quarterback Job to Matt Cassel

    The echoing boos from inside the Metrodome last Sunday made it crystal clear who would be playing quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings if those in attendance were making the call...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 9,831 reads 59 comments

  16. Exploring Lions' Top Trade, Free-Agent Options in Wake of Nate Burleson's Injury

    In what seems to be an annual adventure, the Detroit Lions are once again scrambling at receiver behind Calvin Johnson...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 15,864 reads 64 comments

  17. What Do the Green Bay Packers Need to Accomplish During Bye Week?

    For the second time in as many seasons, the Green Bay Packers will head into Week 4 with one win and two disheartening losses...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 15,631 reads 75 comments

  18. Nate Burleson's Unfortunate Accident Puts Ryan Broyles in the Spotlight

    The reintroduction of receiver Ryan Broyles to the Detroit Lions offense ramped up in importance Tuesday morning...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 7,794 reads 15 comments

  19. What's Next for the Chicago Bears After Henry Melton's Torn ACL?

    The Chicago Bears will likely ask a combination of internal options and an outside acquisition or two to replace Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 21,623 reads 66 comments

  20. The Clock Is Now Ticking on Leslie Frazier's Reign with the Minnesota Vikings

    The reign of Leslie Frazier as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings may have an approaching expiration date after an embarrassing home loss to the Cleveland Browns dropped his team to 0-3 to start 2013...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 9,227 reads 165 comments

  21. Will Bye Week Cure All That Ails Green Bay Packers?

    Rarely is having a bye in Week 4 beneficial in the National Football League. But for the bruised and battered Green Bay Packers , there's no better time than now for a week off...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 11,373 reads 85 comments

  22. Are the Green Bay Packers Prepared to Handle Bengals WR A.J. Green?

    A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals will present the Green Bay Packers with a challenge that the defense has struggled to meet through two weeks this season. A pair of No...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 3,819 reads 7 comments

  23. Why the Minnesota Vikings Now Have No Excuses vs. Cleveland Browns

    Two decisions made by the Cleveland Browns this week ensured that the Minnesota Vikings will now have no excuse for failing to secure their first win of 2013 during Sunday's home opener...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 6,195 reads 59 comments

  24. Marc Trestman's Commitment to RB Matt Forte Is Paying off for Chicago Bears

    Matt Forte 's evolution from forgotten man to Charlie Garner 2.0 has been a smashing success through two games under new Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 8,347 reads 22 comments

  25. How the Packers Can Continue Rolling with the Zone Running Game vs. Bengals

    Very few times in the Mike McCarthy era have the Green Bay Packers been as dominant in the zone running game as they were Sunday against the overmatched Washington Redskins ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 12 months ago 6,329 reads 17 comments