1. 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 61,391 reads 159 comments

  2. 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 1 month ago 15,312 reads 60 comments

  3. 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 1 month ago 11,878 reads 63 comments

  4. 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 1 month ago 12,049 reads 33 comments

  5. 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 1 month ago 22,272 reads 27 comments

  6. 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 1 month ago 11,580 reads 24 comments

  7. 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 1 month ago 40,746 reads 66 comments

  8. 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 1 month ago 21,505 reads 48 comments

  9. 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 1 month ago 2,875 reads 15 comments

  10. 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 1 month ago 22,097 reads 34 comments

  11. 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 1 month ago 11,612 reads 22 comments

  12. Claude Humphrey: Inside the Legacy of 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee

    Over 30 years after retiring from football, and following four denied entries as a finalist or senior candidate, former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Claude ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 month ago 2,508 reads 2 comments

  13. Is Kyle Rudolph's Extension with Vikings Smart Business, or Too Much, Too Soon?

    The Minnesota Vikings awarding tight end Kyle Rudolph a $36.5 million extension—despite his lack of a 500-yard receiving season, a career reception average of just 9...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 month ago 5,648 reads 22 comments

  14. Vikings Must Continue Making Teddy Bridgewater Truly Earn Starting QB Gig

    As the superlatives trickle out of Mankato , Minnesota, temptation may arise to anoint rookie Teddy Bridgewater as the Vikings ' starting quarterback—and sooner rather than later...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 month ago 15,980 reads 21 comments

  15. What Jordy Nelson Extension Means for Green Bay Packers

    The Green Bay Packers have locked up receiver Jordy Nelson , one of the game's most underrated players , with a contract extension that rewards Nelson for a fantastic three-year stretch but also safeguards the team in terms of guaranteed money...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 month ago 25,430 reads 51 comments

  16. Why Jordy Nelson is the NFL's Most Grossly Underrated Player

    The ESPN text alert regarding Jordy Nelson 's desire for a deal worth $10 million per season said it all Thursday afternoon...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 month ago 12,449 reads 38 comments

  17. Biggest Reasons for Concern in the NFC North as Training Camps Open

    With the opening of NFL training camps comes the undeniable surge of optimism emanating from all 32 NFL cities. Every team is back at 0-0; every team has a chance. But the start of camps is also a time of much uncertainty...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 month ago 37,244 reads 409 comments

  18. Top 15 Defensive Position Battles to Watch in NFL Training Camps

    A number of intriguing defensive positional battles are ready to be waged at NFL training camps over the next month or so. The majority of NFL camps open within the week, and the competition for jobs and roster spots begin as soon a players report...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 month ago 57,407 reads 79 comments

  19. Can Adrian Peterson Thrive as a Receiver in the Vikings' New Offense?

    The 2014 season should provide the best look yet at the abilities of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson as a receiver out of the backfield...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 months ago 14,306 reads 31 comments

  20. 5 Stats from 2013 the Green Bay Packers Must Change in 2014

    For the Green Bay Packers , improvement in five key areas from the 2013 season could be the difference between a good and possibly memorable year in 2014...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 months ago 8,469 reads 25 comments

  21. Best QB-RB Backfield Combinations in Today's NFL

    The modern National Football League is based more and more on the quarterback position, but there's still plenty of value in having a talented running back to balance the offense, as last season showed...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 months ago 49,104 reads 180 comments

  22. How Much More Does Reggie Bush Really Have Left in the Tank?

    Despite approaching the dreaded age of 30, Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush has a few factors working in his favor in terms of staying productive...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 27,442 reads 46 comments

  23. Which NFL Running Backs Will Top the 1,000-Yard Mark in 2014?

    Despite the NFL 's contemporary shift toward the passing game, the number of 1,000-yard rushers has stayed mostly consistent over the last 20 seasons. Since 1993, the NFL has averaged roughly 17 1,000-yard rushers per season...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 54,146 reads 227 comments

  24. Will Adrian Peterson's Monster Rushing Stats Finally Matter in 2014?

    With every passing season, the career arc of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson inches closer to that of Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 8,217 reads 12 comments

  25. Why the NFC North Is Primed for a Major Comeback in 2014

    A bevy of smart player acquisitions and two strong coaching hires has set up the NFC North for a bounce-back season in 2014...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 43,093 reads 461 comments