1. Familiar Horrors Haunt Cutler, Bears in Discouraging Season-Opening Loss

    The horrors that haunted the Chicago Bears ' season-opening loss to the Buffalo Bills should feel all too familiar in the Windy City...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 33,819 reads 217 comments

  2. What Went Wrong for the Green Bay Packers Against Seattle in the Opener?

    A number of mental mistakes, personnel deficiencies and errors forced by the still hungry and confident defending champions led directly to the Seattle Seahawks ' 36-16 rout of the Green Bay Packers during Thursday night's season opener...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 12,480 reads 134 comments

  3. Packers' Blowout Opening Loss Proves Green Bay Remains Well Behind NFC Elite

    Any doubt about the sizable gap remaining between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks was all but eliminated during Thursday night's regular-season opener...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 29,543 reads 277 comments

  4. Quarterbacks Creating off Broken Plays Key for Both Packers, Seahawks in Opener

    Neither the Green Bay Packers nor the Seattle Seahawks will feel supremely confident in their ability to keep the pass rush off their quarterback during Thursday night's NFL regular-season opener...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 11,127 reads 125 comments

  5. No. 16 Best City to Be a Sports Fan: Minneapolis

    How much does where you live matter as a sports fan? The short answer is: It depends. If you're an Alabama football fan, there's no better place to live than Tuscaloosa. If you're a Red Sox fan, there's no worse place to live than New York City...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 9,178 reads 28 comments

  6. Biggest Preseason Takeaways from the NFC North

    The preseason is finally over, and less than a week from Friday, the Green Bay Packers will travel to Seattle for the NFL 's regular-season opener. Meaningful football is almost here...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 38,640 reads 272 comments

  7. Teddy Bridgewater Is Backup for Now, but Looks Ready to Play Sooner Than Later

    Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will begin his NFL career as the backup to veteran Matt Cassel, but a preseason's worth of work has provided enough evidence to suggest Bridgewater is ready to play in the NFL right now...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 19,529 reads 49 comments

  8. Should the Minnesota Vikings Be Concerned with LT Matt Kalil?

    A few poor plays from Minnesota Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil this preseason has some sounding the alarms and others attempting to extinguish the fire of criticism. The reality of the situation likely falls somewhere in between the two sides...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 17,473 reads 28 comments

  9. Spotlight Shines on Packers' Trenches After Losing B.J. Raji, JC Tretter

    The offensive and defensive lines were already expected to be in the spotlight when the Green Bay Packers travel to Seattle for the club's highly anticipated regular-season opener...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 13,738 reads 8 comments

  10. Teddy Bridgewater, Anthony Barr Look Like Future Building Blocks for Vikings

    The Minnesota Vikings will roll back the film of Saturday night's 30-12 preseason win over the Kansas City Chiefs and likely feel very comfortable about the futures of first-round picks Teddy Bridgewater and Anthony Barr...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 35,585 reads 69 comments

  11. Limited Options Available for Packers After B.J. Raji's Season-Ending Injury

    The annual August tradition of the Green Bay Packers losing a key player to major injury has continued. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, starting nose tackle B...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 34,869 reads 121 comments

  12. Is it Already Time to Push the Panic Button on the Bears Defense?

    Panic over a preseason game should not exist inside the Chicago Bears ' locker room. Games played in August count for nothing, and typically mean little once the real games begin...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 28,781 reads 270 comments

  13. How the Lions' New Offense Will Add Creativity to Calvin Johnson's Game

    The Detroit Lions have rarely needed creativity to get the football to Calvin Johnson , a receiver with no historical or present-day peer matching his blend of physical gifts and ability...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 9,476 reads 17 comments

  14. Active, Disruptive Julius Peppers vs. Rams Exactly What Packers Defense Needs

    After a mostly invisible preseason debut in rain-drenched Tennessee, Julius Peppers rebounded against the St. Louis Rams Saturday to look more like the active, disruptive edge player the Green Bay Packers need this season...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 16,826 reads 19 comments

  15. Matt Cassel Still Good Bet to Beat Teddy Bridgewater in Vikings' QB Competition

    Despite late heroics from Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Cassel still took another big step toward winning the Minnesota Vikings ' quarterback competition Saturday night against the Arizona Cardinals in a 30-28 win...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 62,943 reads 159 comments

  16. Breaking Down a Sizzling Start to the Preseason for Bears QB Jay Cutler

    While caution must be exercised in extracting any level of certainty from the preseason, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been as sharp through two exhibition games as anyone in the Bears organization could have hoped...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 15,519 reads 60 comments

  17. Early Struggles vs. Jaguars Show Bears Defense Still Has Work to Do

    A week after harassing Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles offense in the preseason opener, the rebuilt Chicago Bears defense showed Thursday night against the Jacksonville ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 11,973 reads 63 comments

  18. Bears' New-Look Defensive Line Can Help Mask Other Deficiencies

    The Chicago Bears ' preseason opener showed a brief glimpse of how the team's new defensive line can help mask other issues on the defense, namely at linebacker and safety...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 12,182 reads 33 comments

  19. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Flashes Potential, Inexperience in Packers Preseason Debut

    The debut for Green Bay Packers rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix featured a mix of easily correctable technique mistakes and a few encouraging flashes of physicality and athleticism...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 22,733 reads 27 comments

  20. Scott Tolzien States His Case as Backup QB as Packers Lose Preseason Opener

    The Green Bay Packers ' decision to sit Aaron Rodgers during Saturday night's preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans provided a chance for the club to take a long look at its backup quarterback competition...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 11,763 reads 24 comments

  21. Breaking Down Teddy Bridgewater's Vikings Preseason Debut

    The debut of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater against the Oakland Raiders Friday night was a typical rookie blend of good and bad, with a few strong throws and some fits of trepidation and indecision...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 41,462 reads 66 comments

  22. Mike Zimmer Era Begins With Impressive Preseason Opener for Matt Cassel, Vikings

    The Minnesota Vikings kicked off the Mike Zimmer era with a bang Friday night, getting scoring drives from Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater and back-to-back three-and-outs ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 21,709 reads 48 comments

  23. Drayton Florence Signing Shows Lions Aren't Satisfied with CB Depth

    Still unsettled with his depth at cornerback, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew went down a familiar road and brought back a veteran with previous ties to the Lions...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 2,946 reads 15 comments

  24. What Vikings Want to See in Teddy Bridgewater's Preseason Debut

    The Minnesota Vikings are giving rookie Teddy Bridgewater a chance to take another big step forward in team's wide-open quarterback competition when Minnesota plays host to the Oakland Raiders Friday night in the preseason opener...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 22,240 reads 34 comments

  25. Packers Exhibiting Depth at All the Right Positions as Preseason Rolls in

    As the Green Bay Packers begin preparations for Saturday night's preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans , coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson have to be ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about almost 2 years ago 11,679 reads 22 comments