1. Jermichael Finley's Injury Will Force Packers Offense to Evolve

    With Randall Cobb , James Jones and now Jermichael Finley sidelined with injury, the offense of the Green Bay Packers could suddenly look more like Vince Lombardi's than Mike McCarthy's in coming weeks...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 10,669 reads 19 comments

  2. Can Christian Ponder Reclaim Vikings Starting QB Job This Weekend?

    A concussion to Josh Freeman will give Christian Ponder another chance to be the starting quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings , a job that continues to spin in circles for a team that doesn't appear to have a clear plan at the position...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 4,632 reads 34 comments

  3. Breaking Down Josh Freeman's Vikings Debut and Where He Must Improve

    There are aspects of Josh Freeman 's disastrous debut with the Minnesota Vikings that can be excused away by his situation and others that can't, but no doubt remains that Minnesota's ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 1,314 reads 10 comments

  4. Does Jay Cutler Have a Future With the Chicago Bears Beyond 2013?

    A third injury in as many seasons may open the door for Marc Trestman and the Chicago Bears to part ways with quarterback Jay Cutler after 2013...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 19,019 reads 171 comments

  5. Vikings Don't Have to Make a Decision on Leslie Frazier, They Already Have

    At some point in every failed coaching marriage, a moment comes along that pushes a teetering situation over the proverbial edge. Call it the instant a lame-duck coach goes from riding the hot seat to walking dead...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 11,894 reads 58 comments

  6. Josh Freeman's Disastrous Debut Highlights Vikings' Long Road to QB Salvation

    Monday night's disaster of an offensive performance from the Minnesota Vikings was preseason football in October, a calamity whose blame should fall at the feet of every single member of the organization...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 39,893 reads 232 comments

  7. Can the Chicago Bears Weather Jay Cutler's Absence?

    In back-to-back seasons, an injury to quarterback Jay Cutler signaled the beginning of the end for the Chicago Bears ' playoff hopes. In 2011, Cutler suffered a fractured thumb and needed season-ending surgery...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 13,228 reads 122 comments

  8. Detroit Lions' Playoff Hopes Now Enter Do-or-Die Gauntlet

    After letting a winnable home game slip away Sunday, t he Detroit Lions and their 2013 playoff hopes are suddenly staring ahead at the season's most important stretch of games ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 4,996 reads 32 comments

  9. Can the Chicago Bears Finally Rediscover a Pass Rush?

    For years, the Lovie Smith-led Chicago Bears used a relentless pass rush from the defensive line, athletic, sideline-to-sideline linebackers and an opportunistic secondary to continually rank among the NFL 's best defenses...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 3,482 reads 23 comments

  10. Packers Must Get Creative to Continue Pressuring QB Without Matthews, Perry

    For the second time in as many years, Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers will need to get creative in his blitz calls to provide pressure on quarterbacks without Clay Matthews and Nick Perry...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 3,546 reads 9 comments

  11. NFL Taking Things Too Far With Absurd Ndamukong Suh Fine

    Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has a well-documented history of reckless and dangerous actions, many of which deserved every penny the NFL drained from his bank account...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 99,056 reads 476 comments

  12. How the Vikings Can Put Josh Freeman in Best Position to Enjoy Early Success

    Expect the Minnesota Vikings to run a relatively simple offense with Josh Freeman, who, signed just over a week ago, is slated to be the starting quarterback against the New York Giants on Monday night...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 24,807 reads 54 comments

  13. Surprising Run Game, Defense Keep Green Bay Packers as NFC North Front Runners

    Three rather simple factors separate the 3-2 Green Bay Packers from the 4-2 Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions and 1-4 Minnesota Vikings in the rough and tough NFC North...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 4,892 reads 29 comments

  14. Injuries Pile Up for Green Bay Packers, Push Roster to Breaking Point

    The rash of injuries began in August, continued through September and have now come on the hardest in October. For the Green Bay Packers , the injury bug has provided no breaks during the 2013 season...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 19,786 reads 37 comments

  15. Minnesota Vikings' Problems Run Much Deeper Than the Quarterback Position

    For a team with four losses in five tries and a third different starting quarterback just over the horizon, there is little difficultly in throwing the majority of blame at the game's most important position...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 7,296 reads 32 comments

  16. Vikings Clear the Path for Josh Freeman to Start After Blowout Loss to Panthers

    All signs emanating from the Minnesota Vikings ' 35-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers Sunday point to Josh Freeman becoming the starting quarterback in Minnesota sooner rather than later...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 22,003 reads 108 comments

  17. Can the Packers Replicate the Success of the Broncos Offense vs. Ravens?

    A star quarterback. Three game-changing receivers. A field-stretching tight end. Using this assemblage of offensive ammunition, the Denver Broncos bludgeoned the Baltimore ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 1,743 reads 6 comments

  18. Pros and Cons of Each Vikings Quarterback Option This Season

    Sometime in the relatively near future, the Minnesota Vikings will be making a decision at quarterback between veteran Matt Cassel, a completely healthy Christian Ponder and an up-to-speed Josh Freeman...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 9,792 reads 26 comments

  19. Bears Proving Turnovers Will Once Again Define Their Season

    Three more interceptions and the 17 points added to the NFL 's top total off turnovers provided the necessary difference for the Chicago Bears ' 27-21 win over the New York Giants Thursday night...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 6,822 reads 78 comments

  20. Packers' Early-Season Schedule Will Ensure a Battle-Tested Offensive Line

    The rebuilt and patched-up offensive line of the Green Bay Packers is currently enrolled in the NFL 's most demanding version of on-the-job training...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 3,272 reads 6 comments

  21. What's Wrong with the Bears and How Chicago Can Get It Fixed

    The previously 3-0 Chicago Bears have lost two straight games and now face the quick turnaround of a Thursday night matchup against the New York Giants ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 8,412 reads 76 comments

  22. Without Clay Matthews, Packers Will Now Turn To Mike Neal and Nick Perry

    For the next three to four games, the Green Bay Packers will be forced to replace their defense's best player with a combination of Mike Neal and Nick Perry...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 year ago 10,539 reads 56 comments

  23. 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 1 year ago 14,874 reads 57 comments

  24. 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 1 year ago 26,208 reads 121 comments

  25. 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 1 year ago 4,424 reads 10 comments