1. Vikings Must Adopt Adrian Peterson's Mentality to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

    Don't tell Adrian Peterson that his 2-8 Minnesota Vikings have no shot at making the postseason in 2013. The NFL 's reigning MVP won't have any of it...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 2,800 reads 13 comments

  2. Green Bay Packers Can't Salvage Season Without Aaron Rodgers

    The Green Bay Packers have learned in harsh, unforgiving fashion how difficult life in the NFL can be when dealing with an injury at the quarterback position...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 5,077 reads 17 comments

  3. NFC North Won't Be Decided Until Aaron Rodgers Returns

    Aaron Rodgers has missed the better part of the last three weeks to a fractured collarbone, and the Green Bay Packers have lost three straight games for the first time since 2008...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 4,430 reads 2 comments

  4. Josh McCown Deserves to Be Bears Starter Over Jay Cutler

    Over two starts and four total appearances, Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown has delivered a convincing case to head coach Marc Trestman on his qualifications as the continued starter over Jay Cutler ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 22,623 reads 341 comments

  5. What the Detroit Lions Must Accomplish to Win Important Test in Pittsburgh

    The Detroit Lions , who are leading the NFC North at a later point this season than any since 1999, have a golden opportunity in Pittsburgh on Sunday to take another big step toward winning the division and qualifying for the postseason...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 4,115 reads 16 comments

  6. Matt Flynn Finally Back Where He Belongs as Packers' Backup QB

    After failed stints in three different NFL cities, Matt Flynn is back in the role that always fit him best: as the backup quarterback of the Green Bay Packers ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 24,302 reads 20 comments

  7. Can the Chicago Bears Rise Above Growing Injury Problems?

    Don't expect to hear much pity from the Chicago Bears regarding the injury problems currently derailing the season of their longtime rivals to the north...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 3,597 reads 50 comments

  8. Breaking Down NFC North Title Race with Remaining Schedules

    In just three short weeks, the NFC North has been turned completely upside down. Rewind back to Week 7...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 15,731 reads 125 comments

  9. Packers Correct in Riding the Hot Hand, Starting Scott Tolzien Moving Forward

    Since the start of training camp in August, the Green Bay Packers have run through five different backup quarterback options. Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman were the developmental holdovers from 2012...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 14,457 reads 54 comments

  10. Aaron Rodgers Injury Puts Bears, Lions in Position to Take over NFC North

    The defining moment in the NFC North this season may not be a late comeback win or an out-of-nowhere winning streak. No...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 2,161 reads 4 comments

  11. Why Pressuring the Quarterback Will Decide the Chicago Bears' Season

    Eight games into the Marc Trestman era, it's fairly safe to say that the Chicago Bears have found a consistent recipe for scoring points, regardless of who is playing quarterback...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 7,541 reads 33 comments

  12. Despite Win, Time Has Arrived for Minnesota Vikings to Evaluate Josh Freeman

    For just the second time this season, the Minnesota Vikings fused efficient quarterback play with a late defensive stop to win a football game...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 8,011 reads 32 comments

  13. Can the Packers Really Trust Seneca Wallace in Absence of Aaron Rodgers?

    Any fair and honest evaluation of Seneca Wallace as the Green Bay Packers new starting quarterback will need to extend at least another week, but any trust in the backup to replace ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 12,736 reads 84 comments

  14. Will Jay Cutler's Return Swing NFC Playoff Race?

    Two short weeks ago, the Chicago Bears had just dropped their third game in four tries, and both Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs were lost to what appeared to be significant injuries...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 9,029 reads 80 comments

  15. Aaron Rodgers Injury: A Survival Guide for the Green Bay Packers

    A shortlist of the NFL 's most irreplaceable players would have Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at or very near the top...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 21,750 reads 118 comments

  16. Injuries Finally Catching Up to Packers at Worst Possible Time

    Under Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson, the Green Bay Packers have long prided themselves on a "next man up" mantra that has consistently replaced the panic of injury with game-day results...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 98,108 reads 322 comments

  17. Examining the Minnesota Vikings' Defensive Struggles Late in Games This Season

    Frustration spewed out of the Minnesota Vikings ' locker room following another blown lead in 2013, this time a 27-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 1,744 reads 12 comments

  18. Forget Vikings' QB Fiasco, Minnesota Won't Go Anywhere Without Improved Defense

    For the first time in over a month, the Minnesota Vikings received good enough play at the quarterback position to win a football game...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 5,297 reads 68 comments

  19. How the Depleted Bears Can Pull off Shocking Upset over the Packers

    The Chicago Bears have lost three of four games since starting 3-0, and neither Jay Cutler nor Lance Briggs—two leaders on their respective side of the football—will be suiting up for Monday night's meeting with the Green Bay Packers ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 17,595 reads 90 comments

  20. How the Green Bay Packers Developed a Dominant Running Game in 2013

    Very little digging is required to unearth statistics showing just how improved the Green Bay Packers are at running the football in 2013. Through seven games, the Packers are averaging 141...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 10,396 reads 22 comments

  21. Second Half Schedule Sets Up Detroit Lions for Playoff Run

    In roughly two month's time, when teams are gearing up for the start of the NFL playoffs, the Detroit Lions may look back on last Sunday's miracle win over the Dallas Cowboys as a turning point of sorts...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 17,130 reads 107 comments

  22. Chicago Bears Need Massive Defensive Improvements to Stay Alive in Playoff Hunt

    In each of the last two seasons, the Chicago Bears have watched promising starts fall apart following an injury to quarterback Jay Cutler . Thumb surgery in 2011 cost him the final eight games after a 7-3 start...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 5,506 reads 65 comments

  23. Why the Green Bay Packers Should Be Calling the Falcons on TE Tony Gonzalez

    A man set in his team-building principles, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson rarely makes the high-profile free-agent pick up or trade...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 15,089 reads 40 comments

  24. Cordarrelle Patterson Provides Vikings a Beacon of Hope In Disappointing Season

    The search for positives in the rubble of the Minnesota Vikings ' lost 2013 season is a tedious one. Three different starting quarterbacks have fallen flat on their faces...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 3,448 reads 10 comments

  25. Balanced and Healing Packers Only Going to Get Better in 2013

    The Green Bay Packers extended their winning streak to four games, Sunday night, thanks mostly to a productive running game, stout defense and the right arm of Aaron Rodgers finding second- and third-string receiving targets...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 4,984 reads 8 comments