1. Forging a New Identity for the Minnesota Vikings Sans Adrian Peterson

    Adrian Peterson has been the unassailable face of the Minnesota Vikings during the vast majority of his eight-year NFL career...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 hours ago 1,947 reads 11 comments

  2. The Reasons Behind Eddie Lacy's Slow Start for the Packers in 2014

    Back in late August, Green Bay Packers running backs coach Sam Gash expressed his belief that Eddie Lacy —the NFL 's Offensive Rookie of the Year last season—could lead the league in rushing yards in 2014...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 day ago 26,332 reads 54 comments

  3. Charles Tillman Injury Puts Spotlight on Kyle Fuller to Save Bears Secondary

    A season ago, the loss of cornerback Charles Tillman to a torn right triceps played a major role in the Chicago Bears ' historic slide on defense...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 days ago 19,279 reads 36 comments

  4. Chicago Bears May Have Found Defensive Spark to Contend with NFC Heavyweights

    The Chicago Bears pulled off one of the more improbable wins of the young 2014 season, coming back from 17 points down in the first half to beat the San Francisco 49ers on the road for the first time since 1985...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 days ago 37,599 reads 110 comments

  5. Despite Matt Cassel's Horrific Showing It's Still Not Time for Teddy Bridgewater

    If those in attendance at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday had their way, the Minnesota Vikings would be pulling quarterback Matt Cassel and starting rookie Teddy Bridgewater immediately...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 days ago 7,486 reads 64 comments

  6. Previewing NFC North Matchups for NFL Week 2 Action

    Just as everyone expected, the NFC North standings after one week in 2014 are an inverse of the final standings in 2013...

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  7. Packers Defense Must Resolve Issues Against the Run Before Showdown with Jets

    The Green Bay Packers ' floundering run defense has some serious issues to resolve before welcoming the New York Jets —and the NFL 's No. 1 rushing offense—to Lambeau Field in Week 2...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 days ago 3,682 reads 23 comments

  8. Why the Vikings Should Be Excited About Anthony Barr's Season Debut

    While the Minnesota Vikings ' rookie quarterback sat on the bench Sunday in St. Louis, the team's other first-round pick—linebacker Anthony Barr—was busy putting together what can only be considered an illuminating NFL debut...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 days ago 17,230 reads 27 comments

  9. Safe, Smart Matthew Stafford Is a Winning Recipe for the Detroit Lions

    The growth of quarterback Matthew Stafford represented the fundamental divergence between the Detroit Lions ' Week 16 loss to the New York Giants in 2013 and the team's season-opening win over the same Giants club Monday night...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 days ago 17,634 reads 78 comments

  10. Same-Old Jay Cutler Won't Cut It for the 2014 Chicago Bears

    Rewind to the night of Sept. 14, 2012. Moments after helping the Green Bay Packers trounce the Chicago Bears during a prime-time contest at Lambeau Field, veteran cornerback ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 days ago 11,655 reads 85 comments

  11. 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 10 days ago 33,660 reads 218 comments

  12. 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 13 days ago 17,140 reads 135 comments

  13. 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 13 days ago 29,271 reads 278 comments

  14. 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 16 days ago 10,925 reads 125 comments

  15. 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 16 days ago 7,551 reads 27 comments

  16. 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 20 days ago 38,573 reads 273 comments

  17. 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 20 days ago 19,207 reads 49 comments

  18. 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 21 days ago 16,998 reads 28 comments

  19. 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 24 days ago 13,605 reads 8 comments

  20. 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 25 days ago 34,737 reads 69 comments

  21. 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 25 days ago 33,566 reads 126 comments

  22. 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 26 days ago 28,661 reads 277 comments

  23. 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 29 days ago 9,335 reads 17 comments

  24. 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 1 month ago 16,593 reads 19 comments

  25. 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 1 month ago 61,377 reads 159 comments