1. Heating Up the Pass Rush Is Vikings' Only Chance Against Aaron Rodgers

    Nearly any scenario in which the Minnesota Vikings find a way to upset Aaron Rodgers and the red-hot Green Bay Packers in Week 12 will include a dominant effort from Minnesota's pass rush...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 months ago 2,563 reads 10 comments

  2. Peterson Suspension Keeps Vikings Building New Identity, Casts Doubt on Future

    The suspension levied by the NFL on running back Adrian Peterson —which will last at least the rest of this season, per Adam Schefter of ESPN—doesn't change ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 months ago 11,987 reads 113 comments

  3. Aaron Rodgers' Dominance vs. Eagles Puts Him on Par with 2011 MVP Season

    Internal disappointment would have been a natural response to the 53-20 drubbing Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers laid on the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 9,371 reads 23 comments

  4. Offense Continues Holding Back Lions from Legitimately Contending in NFC

    The Detroit Lions must face a harsh reality following Sunday's 14-6 defeat to the one-loss Arizona Cardinals ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 64 reads 36 comments

  5. Time for Green Bay Packers to Prove They Belong Among the NFC Heavyweights

    The conference title game participants from last January have been weakened by injury, the two teams now in possession of the NFC's top seeds were not in the postseason a year ago and Aaron Rodgers is a healthy MVP candidate...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 12,828 reads 25 comments

  6. How Lions QB Matthew Stafford Has Become the New Comeback King

    Quarterback Matthew Stafford is having far from his best year statistically, but the NFL 's new comeback king is still providing big plays in the biggest moments for the Detroit ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 10,426 reads 64 comments

  7. No Easy Fixes or Short-Term Solutions for Chicago Bears' Problems

    The currently constructed Chicago Bears have hit a crossroads, and the path leading away from this point—the rock bottom of another lost season, perpetuated by Sunday night's ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 7,319 reads 48 comments

  8. Clay Matthews' Move to ILB Gives Packers Defense Spark It Needs in NFC Race

    In need of a spark on defense, the Green Bay Packers made the decision to spend the team's bye week deceptively teaching Clay Matthews —the club's prized $66 million pass-rusher—the ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 11,085 reads 26 comments

  9. Embarrassing Loss to Packers Is Final Nail in Coffin for Trestman, Bears' Season

    There are blowout losses, and then there is the embarrassing, season-ending, coach-killing performance that the Chicago Bears put together Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 45,115 reads 187 comments

  10. Consistency on Offense Represents Next Step for Cardiac Lions

    The Detroit Lions have relied on a suffocating defense and a number of clutch plays late in the fourth quarter to win four straight games and improve to 7-2 overall...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 9,006 reads 41 comments

  11. Must-Win Game vs. Packers Provides Barometer for Marc Trestman's Hold on Bears

    A must-win game coming out of the bye week—against the division-rival Green Bay Packers in prime time, no less—should provide a barometer of sorts for the hold head coach Marc Trestman still has on the Chicago Bears locker room...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 4,444 reads 28 comments

  12. Packers, Bears Both Still Striving for Improvement from 1st Meeting

    It's been six long weeks since the two NFC North rivals first met back in Week 4, but the Green Bay Packers still can't stop the run and the Chicago Bears still can't pressure the quarterback...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 2,131 reads 14 comments

  13. Lack of Precision Holding Back Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson

    There are times when the statistics and game tape of a player tell two completely different stories. Such is not the case when discussing Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 5,713 reads 12 comments

  14. Upcoming Schedule Provides Lions a Chance to Prove 2014 Team Is Different

    The Detroit Lions are 6-2 coming out of the bye week, alone in first place in the NFC North and in possession of the No. 2 seed in the ultra-competitive NFC...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 5,073 reads 24 comments

  15. In-Game Improvements, Late Heroics Highlight Teddy Bridgewater's Progression

    After a first half Sunday that saw Teddy Bridgewater miss several deep throws and struggle to move the football, the Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback highlighted his ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 11,434 reads 68 comments

  16. Packers Rookies Cannot Afford to Play Like Rookies Down the Stretch

    The Green Bay Packers ' 44-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints last Sunday night provided evidence for both the legitimacy of Ted Thompson's 2014 draft class and the growing pains of being a front-and-center rookie in the NFL ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 7,672 reads 12 comments

  17. Mike Zimmer Has Vikings' Defensive Turnaround Way Ahead of Schedule

    Thanks to the emergence of a few potential stars, an infusion of talent and the acumen of the man in charge, the Minnesota Vikings ' defensive revival under head coach Mike Zimmer appears to be way ahead of schedule...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 7,482 reads 22 comments

  18. The Organizational Failures Behind the Chicago Bears' 3-5 Start

    When a football team many expected to win double-digit games enters their bye week at 3-5, with failures emanating from every corner of the operation, there is no such thing as a vacation...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 10,608 reads 94 comments

  19. Packers Defense Shows Again Why It Can't Be Trusted

    When Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy called for a surprise onside kick in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints , he all but confirmed the assumption that the shootout was on and defense would be optional...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 6,805 reads 40 comments

  20. Aaron Rodgers' Injury Hamstrings Packers Offense in Loss to Saints

    Updates from Monday, Oct. 27 Aaron Rodgers insists the hamstring injury that restricted his movement in the Green Bay Packers ' loss to the New Orleans Saints will not lead to a prolonged absence on the sideline...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 10,176 reads 8 comments

  21. Resilient Lions Enter Bye Week with a Chance to Get Healthy for Stretch Run

    Even William Shakespeare would have scoffed at the ridiculous, improbable set of events that went into crafting the final scene of the Detroit Lions ' 22-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday morning from Wembley Stadium in London...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 12,524 reads 52 comments

  22. Packers Must Start Fast in a Hostile Environment vs. Saints

    The Green Bay Packers ' recent trend of starting fast must continue Sunday night in New Orleans, where a desperate football team and one of the most hostile settings in the NFL awaits...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 4,088 reads 10 comments

  23. Patience Required for Both Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings

    The Minnesota Vikings have two wins and five losses to start the 2014 season, and rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has one touchdown pass against five interceptions in four appearances and three starts...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 4,057 reads 12 comments

  24. Why Are the Chicago Bears Winless at Home in 2014?

    The Chicago Bears are winless over three tries at home this season, and no one associated with the team could provide a precise or detailed reason why following Chicago's 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 7...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 8,902 reads 40 comments

  25. Packers' Perfectionist QB Aaron Rodgers Scorches His Way into MVP Conversation

    You could see it in his face on the field, and you could hear it in his voice at the postgame podium. Aaron Rodgers , the Green Bay Packers ' perfectionist quarterback, was one ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 19,065 reads 63 comments