1. Consistency on Offense Represents Next Step for Cardiac Lions

    The Detroit Lions have relied on a suffocating defense and a number of clutch plays late in the fourth quarter to win four straight games and improve to 7-2 overall...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 9,030 reads 41 comments

  2. Must-Win Game vs. Packers Provides Barometer for Marc Trestman's Hold on Bears

    A must-win game coming out of the bye week—against the division-rival Green Bay Packers in prime time, no less—should provide a barometer of sorts for the hold head coach Marc Trestman still has on the Chicago Bears locker room...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 4,471 reads 28 comments

  3. Packers, Bears Both Still Striving for Improvement from 1st Meeting

    It's been six long weeks since the two NFC North rivals first met back in Week 4, but the Green Bay Packers still can't stop the run and the Chicago Bears still can't pressure the quarterback...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 2,135 reads 14 comments

  4. Lack of Precision Holding Back Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson

    There are times when the statistics and game tape of a player tell two completely different stories. Such is not the case when discussing Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 5,745 reads 12 comments

  5. Upcoming Schedule Provides Lions a Chance to Prove 2014 Team Is Different

    The Detroit Lions are 6-2 coming out of the bye week, alone in first place in the NFC North and in possession of the No. 2 seed in the ultra-competitive NFC...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 5,082 reads 24 comments

  6. In-Game Improvements, Late Heroics Highlight Teddy Bridgewater's Progression

    After a first half Sunday that saw Teddy Bridgewater miss several deep throws and struggle to move the football, the Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback highlighted his ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 11,477 reads 68 comments

  7. Packers Rookies Cannot Afford to Play Like Rookies Down the Stretch

    The Green Bay Packers ' 44-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints last Sunday night provided evidence for both the legitimacy of Ted Thompson's 2014 draft class and the growing pains of being a front-and-center rookie in the NFL ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 7,686 reads 12 comments

  8. Mike Zimmer Has Vikings' Defensive Turnaround Way Ahead of Schedule

    Thanks to the emergence of a few potential stars, an infusion of talent and the acumen of the man in charge, the Minnesota Vikings ' defensive revival under head coach Mike Zimmer appears to be way ahead of schedule...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 7,594 reads 22 comments

  9. The Organizational Failures Behind the Chicago Bears' 3-5 Start

    When a football team many expected to win double-digit games enters their bye week at 3-5, with failures emanating from every corner of the operation, there is no such thing as a vacation...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 10,636 reads 94 comments

  10. Packers Defense Shows Again Why It Can't Be Trusted

    When Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy called for a surprise onside kick in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints , he all but confirmed the assumption that the shootout was on and defense would be optional...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 6,832 reads 40 comments

  11. Aaron Rodgers' Injury Hamstrings Packers Offense in Loss to Saints

    Updates from Monday, Oct. 27 Aaron Rodgers insists the hamstring injury that restricted his movement in the Green Bay Packers ' loss to the New Orleans Saints will not lead to a prolonged absence on the sideline...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 10,592 reads 8 comments

  12. Resilient Lions Enter Bye Week with a Chance to Get Healthy for Stretch Run

    Even William Shakespeare would have scoffed at the ridiculous, improbable set of events that went into crafting the final scene of the Detroit Lions ' 22-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday morning from Wembley Stadium in London...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 12,551 reads 52 comments

  13. Packers Must Start Fast in a Hostile Environment vs. Saints

    The Green Bay Packers ' recent trend of starting fast must continue Sunday night in New Orleans, where a desperate football team and one of the most hostile settings in the NFL awaits...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 4,100 reads 10 comments

  14. Patience Required for Both Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings

    The Minnesota Vikings have two wins and five losses to start the 2014 season, and rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has one touchdown pass against five interceptions in four appearances and three starts...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 4,076 reads 12 comments

  15. Why Are the Chicago Bears Winless at Home in 2014?

    The Chicago Bears are winless over three tries at home this season, and no one associated with the team could provide a precise or detailed reason why following Chicago's 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 7...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 8,936 reads 40 comments

  16. Packers' Perfectionist QB Aaron Rodgers Scorches His Way into MVP Conversation

    You could see it in his face on the field, and you could hear it in his voice at the postgame podium. Aaron Rodgers , the Green Bay Packers ' perfectionist quarterback, was one ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 19,147 reads 63 comments

  17. Lions Finally Discover All-Important Clutch Gene on Both Offense and Defense

    The Detroit Lions are 5-2 in 2014 for many reasons, but one important factor is certainly based in the reality that this club is winning games last year's team almost certainly would have lost...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 12,054 reads 72 comments

  18. Vikings Need To Use Both Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata To Balance Running Game

    Lacking a player capable of handling the duties of an every-down running back, the Minnesota Vikings must get back to balancing their snaps between the plodding but effective Matt Asiata and the raw but explosive Jerick McKinnon...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 4,699 reads 10 comments

  19. Upcoming Schedule Will Define Packers' Revitalized Defense

    The next two weeks should help provide much-needed clarity about where the Green Bay Packers really fall on the defensive spectrum. Through six games, the Packers defense ranks 12th in points (21...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 6,381 reads 6 comments

  20. Bargain Buy Willie Young Gives Bears the Sack Artist Needed in Chicago

    With an NFL -high seven sacks in just six games, Chicago Bears defensive end Willie Young has stated his case as the ultimate bargain buy of the last free-agent period—all ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 8,642 reads 25 comments

  21. Vikings Offensive Line Must Improve to Repair Teddy Bridgewater, Offense

    If the last two weeks proved anything about the Minnesota Vikings , it's that the man playing quarterback really doesn't matter behind one of the NFL 's worst offensive lines...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 5,009 reads 32 comments

  22. Relaxed Aaron Rodgers, Packers Look Again Like Legitimate Contenders in the NFC

    Down seven points and facing a critical fourth down, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy chose to take the points and kick a short field goal—banking on his injury-riddled ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 16,037 reads 60 comments

  23. Lions Defense Provides a Litmus Test for Vikings Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater

    Nothing against the most impressive rookie quarterback of 2014, but Teddy Bridgewater of the Minnesota Vikings has been mostly eased into life in the NFL ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 5,001 reads 38 comments

  24. Packers' Rediscovered Pass Defense Key to Victory over Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

    The Green Bay Packers ' rediscovered ability to make life difficult on quarterbacks could end up being the winning difference when the club travels to Miami to take on Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins in Week 6...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 4,416 reads 3 comments

  25. Who Is Matt Prater and How Could He Save the Detroit Lions' Season?

    The winding path to the present included two failed attempts and a brutally painful blown win, but the Detroit Lions have likely found the individual that will ensure the 2014 season isn't lost in the flames of a kicking situation gone awry...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 9,303 reads 26 comments