1. 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 9 months ago 8,763 reads 20 comments

  2. 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 9 months ago 3,374 reads 20 comments

  3. 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 9 months ago 1,408 reads 6 comments

  4. 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 9 months ago 4,093 reads 23 comments

  5. 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 9 months ago 5,868 reads 41 comments

  6. 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 9 months ago 15,797 reads 52 comments

  7. 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 9 months ago 13,299 reads 79 comments

  8. 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 10 months ago 6,568 reads 16 comments

  9. 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 10 months ago 2,578 reads 10 comments

  10. 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 10 months ago 12,006 reads 113 comments

  11. 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 10 months ago 9,419 reads 23 comments

  12. 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 10 months ago 67 reads 36 comments

  13. 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 10 months ago 12,837 reads 25 comments

  14. 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 10 months ago 10,723 reads 64 comments

  15. 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 10 months ago 7,409 reads 48 comments

  16. 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 10 months ago 11,121 reads 26 comments

  17. 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 10 months ago 45,234 reads 187 comments

  18. 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 10 months ago 9,026 reads 41 comments

  19. 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 10 months ago 4,461 reads 28 comments

  20. 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 10 months ago 2,132 reads 14 comments

  21. 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 10 months ago 5,731 reads 12 comments

  22. 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 10 months ago 5,075 reads 24 comments

  23. 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 10 months ago 11,458 reads 68 comments

  24. 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 10 months ago 7,680 reads 12 comments

  25. 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 10 months ago 7,514 reads 22 comments