1. 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...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 5,985 reads 23 comments

  2. 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...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 12,311 reads 46 comments

  3. 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...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 5,677 reads 25 comments

  4. 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 2,227 reads 48 comments

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 6,838 reads 68 comments

  11. 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...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 10,748 reads 72 comments

  12. 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...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 3,768 reads 19 comments

  13. 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...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 12,126 reads 77 comments

  14. Packers vs. Lions: Complete Thanksgiving Day Primer for Green Bay and Detroit

    The long standing tradition of the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions playing on Thanksgiving Day will add another chapter Thursday...

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  15. Slumping Run Defense Will Be Big Trouble for Chicago Bears Down the Stretch

    If any one factor is currently threatening the Chicago Bears ' ability to stay afloat in the playoff hunt, it's a 32nd-ranked run defense that was just gashed by the St...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 3,631 reads 31 comments

  16. All the Packers Need Is Aaron Rodgers Back for Legitimate Playoff Push

    Despite not winning a game in the last 29 days, the Green Bay Packers currently find themselves within a half-game of the division lead in the stumbling NFC North...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 4,315 reads 19 comments

  17. What Packers, Vikings Tie Means for NFC Playoff Picture

    The muddled and log-jammed NFC North got no clearer on Sunday, when no team in the division emerged with a win despite the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings facing off head-to-head...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 48,155 reads 64 comments

  18. Where Must the Green Bay Packers See Improvement to Beat Vikings?

    The Green Bay Packers will have an opportunity to either save or sink their 2013 season when the Minnesota Vikings arrive at Lambeau Field in Week 12...

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  19. 5 Questions the Detroit Lions Must Answer vs. Buccaneers

    There are games that eventual playoff teams are expected to win, and then there's the Detroit Lions ' matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in Detroit...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 4,103 reads 13 comments

  20. 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 over 1 year ago 2,802 reads 13 comments

  21. 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...

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  22. 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...

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  23. 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 over 1 year ago 22,640 reads 341 comments

  24. 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 over 1 year ago 4,118 reads 16 comments

  25. 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 ...

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