1. Forget Vikings' QB Fiasco, Minnesota Won't Go Anywhere Without Improved Defense

    For the first time in over a month, the Minnesota Vikings received good enough play at the quarterback position to win a football game...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 5,297 reads 68 comments

  2. How the Depleted Bears Can Pull off Shocking Upset over the Packers

    The Chicago Bears have lost three of four games since starting 3-0, and neither Jay Cutler nor Lance Briggs—two leaders on their respective side of the football—will be suiting up for Monday night's meeting with the Green Bay Packers ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 17,600 reads 90 comments

  3. How the Green Bay Packers Developed a Dominant Running Game in 2013

    Very little digging is required to unearth statistics showing just how improved the Green Bay Packers are at running the football in 2013. Through seven games, the Packers are averaging 141...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 10,397 reads 22 comments

  4. Second Half Schedule Sets Up Detroit Lions for Playoff Run

    In roughly two month's time, when teams are gearing up for the start of the NFL playoffs, the Detroit Lions may look back on last Sunday's miracle win over the Dallas Cowboys as a turning point of sorts...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 17,135 reads 107 comments

  5. Chicago Bears Need Massive Defensive Improvements to Stay Alive in Playoff Hunt

    In each of the last two seasons, the Chicago Bears have watched promising starts fall apart following an injury to quarterback Jay Cutler . Thumb surgery in 2011 cost him the final eight games after a 7-3 start...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 5,513 reads 65 comments

  6. Why the Green Bay Packers Should Be Calling the Falcons on TE Tony Gonzalez

    A man set in his team-building principles, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson rarely makes the high-profile free-agent pick up or trade...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 15,094 reads 40 comments

  7. Cordarrelle Patterson Provides Vikings a Beacon of Hope In Disappointing Season

    The search for positives in the rubble of the Minnesota Vikings ' lost 2013 season is a tedious one. Three different starting quarterbacks have fallen flat on their faces...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 3,454 reads 10 comments

  8. Balanced and Healing Packers Only Going to Get Better in 2013

    The Green Bay Packers extended their winning streak to four games, Sunday night, thanks mostly to a productive running game, stout defense and the right arm of Aaron Rodgers finding second- and third-string receiving targets...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 4,989 reads 8 comments

  9. Are the Green Bay Packers Prepared to Contain Adrian Peterson?

    Since entering the NFL in 2007, Adrian Peterson has rarely found a competent match in the Green Bay Packers defense...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 2,702 reads 1 comments

  10. Should the Minnesota Vikings Consider Trading Adrian Peterson?

    It's a trend that's almost too easy to predict, especially in the NFL . Team A starts a season poorly, and, almost instantaneously, local columnist B wants Team A to trade Star Player C...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about over 1 year ago 16,314 reads 96 comments

  11. 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 over 1 year ago 10,681 reads 19 comments

  12. 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 over 1 year ago 4,636 reads 34 comments

  13. 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 over 1 year ago 1,317 reads 10 comments

  14. 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 over 1 year ago 19,037 reads 170 comments

  15. 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 over 1 year ago 11,894 reads 58 comments

  16. 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 over 1 year ago 39,896 reads 232 comments

  17. 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 over 1 year ago 13,239 reads 122 comments

  18. 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 over 1 year ago 5,002 reads 32 comments

  19. 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 over 1 year ago 3,482 reads 23 comments

  20. 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 over 1 year ago 3,546 reads 9 comments

  21. 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 over 1 year ago 99,144 reads 476 comments

  22. 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 over 1 year ago 24,809 reads 54 comments

  23. 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 over 1 year ago 4,897 reads 29 comments

  24. 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 over 1 year ago 19,819 reads 37 comments

  25. 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 over 1 year ago 7,320 reads 32 comments