1. Bargain Buy Willie Young Gives Bears the Sack Artist Needed in Chicago

    With an NFL -high seven sacks in just six games, Chicago Bears defensive end Willie Young has stated his case as the ultimate bargain buy of the last free-agent period—all ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 months ago 8,594 reads 25 comments

  2. Vikings Offensive Line Must Improve to Repair Teddy Bridgewater, Offense

    If the last two weeks proved anything about the Minnesota Vikings , it's that the man playing quarterback really doesn't matter behind one of the NFL 's worst offensive lines...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 months ago 4,936 reads 32 comments

  3. Relaxed Aaron Rodgers, Packers Look Again Like Legitimate Contenders in the NFC

    Down seven points and facing a critical fourth down, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy chose to take the points and kick a short field goal—banking on his injury-riddled ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 months ago 15,805 reads 61 comments

  4. Lions Defense Provides a Litmus Test for Vikings Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater

    Nothing against the most impressive rookie quarterback of 2014, but Teddy Bridgewater of the Minnesota Vikings has been mostly eased into life in the NFL ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 months ago 4,980 reads 38 comments

  5. Packers' Rediscovered Pass Defense Key to Victory over Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

    The Green Bay Packers ' rediscovered ability to make life difficult on quarterbacks could end up being the winning difference when the club travels to Miami to take on Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins in Week 6...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 months ago 4,388 reads 3 comments

  6. Who Is Matt Prater and How Could He Save the Detroit Lions' Season?

    The winding path to the present included two failed attempts and a brutally painful blown win, but the Detroit Lions have likely found the individual that will ensure the 2014 season isn't lost in the flames of a kicking situation gone awry...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 months ago 9,270 reads 26 comments

  7. Pass-Rush-Needy Bears Require More Out of Pricey DEs Lamarr Houston, Jared Allen

    The Chicago Bears likely envisioned much more than 23 combined tackles and zero sacks through five weeks when general manager Phil Emery agreed to fork over $30...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 months ago 4,159 reads 24 comments

  8. With or Without Calvin Johnson, Lions Offense Needs to Snap out of Its Funk

    In this bizarro world just five weeks into the 2014 season, the Detroit Lions find themselves ranked second in the NFL in scoring defense and a lowly 27th in scoring offense...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 months ago 2,117 reads 16 comments

  9. Critical Turnovers Still Haunting Jay Cutler and the Volatile Chicago Bears

    Turnovers during the most critical times have become a losing habit Jay Cutler and the volatile Chicago Bears can't seem to kick...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 months ago 12,803 reads 145 comments

  10. Vikings' Blowout Loss Exposes Problems That Extend Beyond Christian Ponder

    While Christian Ponder rewrote the definition for poor quarterback play, the problems faced by the Minnesota Vikings during Thursday night's blowout loss in Green Bay ran deeper than just missing rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 17,742 reads 107 comments

  11. Can Aaron Rodgers and the Packers Unlock the Mike Zimmer Defense vs. Vikings?

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a sizzling passer rating of 117.9 over 12 career games against the Minnesota Vikings , his opponent for Thursday night's Week 5 showdown...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 10,894 reads 49 comments

  12. How the Lions Became an Elite Defense and Why the Dominance Will Continue

    Look up almost any meaningful defensive statistic and you'll find the Detroit Lions at or near the top of the rankings after four games this season. While numbers often lie, these don't...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 15,580 reads 55 comments

  13. How Norv Turner and the Vikings Helped Teddy Bridgewater Explode in First Start

    Not enough credit is being assigned to Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner for the breakout performance provided by rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 7,767 reads 25 comments

  14. Jay Cutler Mistakes, Soft Defense Doom Chicago Bears Again

    A couple of poor plays from quarterback Jay Cutler and a defense incapable of getting off the field could pretty much sum up the Chicago Bears ' 38-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Soldier Field...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 13,008 reads 158 comments

  15. Can Bears, Packers Turn Around Struggling Run Games During Division Showdown?

    Two of the NFL 's most prolific offenses from a year ago have been stuck in neutral to start 2014, and the struggles both have had running the football are at least partly to blame...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 5,502 reads 14 comments

  16. Best to Temper Early Expectations for Teddy Bridgewater as Vikings Starter

    This wasn't part of the Minnesota Vikings ' plan for rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater 's first ever start. Down a once-in-a-generation talent at running back. Without the safety valve of an athletic, pass-catching tight end...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 8,812 reads 23 comments

  17. Missed Throws and Missed Receivers Highlight Aaron Rodgers' Early Struggles

    After years of Aaron Rodgers making the most difficult position in sports look so easy, it can be jarring to the optics when the Green Bay Packers quarterback goes through a taxing period like he has to start the 2014 season...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 8,526 reads 27 comments

  18. Chicago Bears' Opportunistic Defense Making Up for Injuries, Shortcomings

    The product hasn't always been aesthetically pleasing, but the opportunistic nature of the Chicago Bears defense has been good enough to help overcome a growing number of injuries ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 4,805 reads 12 comments

  19. Teddy Bridgewater's Vikings Debut Provides Encouraging Signs for Future

    Despite being thrust into one of the most inhospitable environments in the NFL , Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater handled himself just fine—showing ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 6,683 reads 7 comments

  20. Dominant Lions Defense Sends Message to Packers, NFC North

    Bullied by Aaron Rodgers for so many years and during so many losses, the Detroit Lions defense turned the tables and became the oppressor Sunday afternoon during a suffocating 19-7 win over the Green Bay Packers ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 17,333 reads 169 comments

  21. Lions CB Darius Slay Key vs. Packers' Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson

    The Detroit Lions must know that finally winning the NFC North will likely require beating a healthy Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers . Week 3 of the young 2014 season provides that opportunity...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 months ago 4,353 reads 28 comments

  22. 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 3 months ago 6,679 reads 11 comments

  23. 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 3 months ago 32,144 reads 55 comments

  24. 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 3 months ago 19,887 reads 36 comments

  25. 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 months ago 38,200 reads 111 comments