1. Opportunity to Prove Future Worth Awaits Bears WR Marquess Wilson

    A season-ending injury to Brandon Marshall and the three mostly meaningless games remaining in 2014 will provide second-year receiver Marquess Wilson a chance to prove he's a building-block member of the Chicago Bears ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 5,636 reads 12 comments

  2. Budding Offensive Line Holds Key to the Green Bay Packers' Fate in 2014

    Lost in the MVP surge of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the roller coaster ride on defense has been the recent blossoming of the Green Bay Packers offensive line, a development ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 5,711 reads 6 comments

  3. Close Win over Falcons Gives Packers Defense Late-Season Wake-Up Call

    Just as another home blowout appeared to be brewing at Lambeau Field, the visiting Atlanta Falcons instead decided to provide the Green Bay Packers a late-season wake-up call with a humbling rally over the final 30 minutes Monday night...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 10,372 reads 31 comments

  4. Matthew Stafford, Lions Heating Back Up at the Right Time

    Around this time a season ago, the Detroit Lions had five turnovers—including four interceptions from quarterback Matthew Stafford —and lost a home game against a bad Tampa Bay Buccaneers team...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 13,911 reads 67 comments

  5. Bears' Former Strength Now Glaring Weakness as Stagnant Ground Game Dooms Season

    Add a completely nonexistent running game to the long list of things that have gone horribly wrong for the Chicago Bears during the 2014 season...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 4,392 reads 2 comments

  6. Chicago Bears Can Close Season as NFL's Biggest Spoiler

    Spoiler alert: The 5-7 Chicago Bears can play like gangbusters over the final four games of the 2014 season, and it still won't mean a thing. A nine-win team isn't making the postseason as a wild card in the NFC...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 7,109 reads 33 comments

  7. Tracking the Rise of Charles Johnson and Fall of Cordarrelle Patterson

    One is a first-round pick from the best college football conference in all the land—an athletic freak expected by many to take the second-year leap to stardom...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 10,682 reads 12 comments

  8. Packers Beat Top QB, Clear Final Super Bowl Hurdle

    Week in and week out, the Green Bay Packers typically enjoy the decisive advantage at the quarterback position uniquely granted by Aaron Rodgers ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 10,827 reads 28 comments

  9. Vikings Finding Building Blocks for Potential Rebound in 2015

    A convincing 31-13 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 13 does not change the fact that the 5-7 Minnesota Vikings are just four games away from completing a lost season...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 8,754 reads 20 comments

  10. Bears Defense Ends Chicago's Playoff Hopes with Awful Thanksgiving Performance

    It was only fitting that the dreadful defense of the Chicago Bears drove the final nail into the club's disappointing 2014 campaign...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 3,363 reads 20 comments

  11. Must-Win Game for Detroit Lions Hinges on Turnovers

    The Detroit Lions ' Thanksgiving meeting with the Chicago Bears —a must-win game for so many reasons—will almost certainly come down to which team ends up on the right side of the turnover ledger...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 1,406 reads 6 comments

  12. Can the Bears Emulate Patriots' Successful Gameplan vs. Lions?

    The New England Patriots might have provided the Chicago Bears with an offensive blueprint for beating the top-ranked defense of the Detroit Lions ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 4,090 reads 23 comments

  13. What Is Wrong with the Detroit Lions' Failing Offense?

    A three-play series in the first half of the Detroit Lions ' 34-9 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 12 summed up most of the club's failures on the offensive side of the football this season...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 5,854 reads 41 comments

  14. Streaking Packers Rediscover Eddie Lacy, Run Game at Perfect Time

    As the punishing elements of winter near, the Green Bay Packers are proving they can win in any kind of manner...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 15,782 reads 52 comments

  15. Matthew Stafford Remains the Unproven Piece of the Lions' Playoff Puzzle

    Back on the very first Monday night of the 2014 season, everything looked to be falling in place for Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford . The former No...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 13,264 reads 79 comments

  16. Ben Tate Nothing More Than a Cheap Insurance Policy at RB for Vikings

    With the likelihood of Adrian Peterson playing again in 2014 hovering near zero, the Minnesota Vikings decided Wednesday to pounce on a cheap insurance policy at the running back position...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 months ago 6,563 reads 16 comments

  17. 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 4 months ago 2,576 reads 10 comments

  18. 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 4 months ago 11,998 reads 113 comments

  19. 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 4 months ago 9,389 reads 23 comments

  20. 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 4 months ago 67 reads 36 comments

  21. 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 5 months ago 12,833 reads 25 comments

  22. 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 5 months ago 10,488 reads 64 comments

  23. 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 5 months ago 7,392 reads 48 comments

  24. 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 5 months ago 11,094 reads 26 comments

  25. 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 5 months ago 45,154 reads 187 comments