1. Where Do the Detroit Lions Go from Here?

    Officially eliminated from the postseason after a fifth loss in six games, the Detroit Lions can now start focusing their attention on the many changes that need to be made to ensure a similar fate doesn't repeat itself in the future...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 12,699 reads 110 comments

  2. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears Leave Everything on the Line for Week 17

    So much about the Chicago Bears ' short- and long-term future will be decided in Week 17. Sunday night's 54-11 thrashing at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles meant Chicago didn't clinch the NFC North...

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  3. Breaking Down Week 16 for the NFC North

    Few weeks in recent memory have featured the combination of fascination and playoff ramifications like the one ahead in the always turbulent NFC North...

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  4. Risk and Reward Remain at the Center of Aaron Rodgers' Return

    The fractured collarbone of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not be completely healed by the time the Pittsburgh Steelers arrive at Lambeau Field Sunday afternoon...

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  5. Is Matthew Stafford the Real Tony Romo?

    Save for being polar opposites on the draft scale, Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo aren't all that different quarterbacks. Both are big-armed, risk-taking gunslingers. Both have huge contracts indicative of elite players at their position...

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  6. Jim Schwartz's Lions Are Good, but Not Good Enough

    With everything around them falling uncharacteristically into place earlier this season, the Detroit Lions have predictably thrown it all away during a five-game stretch that has ...

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  7. 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...

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  8. 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 ...

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  9. 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...

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  10. 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...

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  11. 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 ...

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  12. 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...

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  13. 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...

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  14. 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...

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  15. 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...

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  16. 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 over 1 year ago 2,226 reads 48 comments

  17. 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...

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  18. 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...

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  19. 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...

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  20. 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 ...

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  21. 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...

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  22. 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...

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  23. 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...

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  24. 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...

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  25. 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...

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