1. Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears: Previewing Week 17 NFC North Showdown

    The 188th meeting between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will determine which disappointing and underachieving team will be crowned champion of the volatile NFC North. The records may not be pretty, but there's plenty on the line...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 5,748 reads 4 comments

  2. Final Test Awaits Bears Historically Poor Run Defense

    The run defense of the Chicago Bears will have one more opportunity to salvage a season and ensure that 2013 isn't painted all over the Bears record books. And not in a good way...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 4,143 reads 27 comments

  3. How Aaron Rodgers' Return Gives Packers Huge Advantage Over Bears

    It took seven games, four losses and 55 days, but the Green Bay Packers are finally getting back quarterback Aaron Rodgers . And just in time...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 22,396 reads 122 comments

  4. How Will the Packers Overcome Injuries in Week 17?

    It's probably only fitting that the already-battered Green Bay Packers would go into this season's final contest with a roster that is once again hurting...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 8,060 reads 7 comments

  5. Where Do the Detroit Lions Go from Here?

    Officially eliminated from the postseason after a fifth loss in six games, the Detroit Lions can now start focusing their attention on the many changes that need to be made to ensure a similar fate doesn't repeat itself in the future...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 12,614 reads 110 comments

  6. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears Leave Everything on the Line for Week 17

    So much about the Chicago Bears ' short- and long-term future will be decided in Week 17. Sunday night's 54-11 thrashing at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles meant Chicago didn't clinch the NFC North...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 6,351 reads 91 comments

  7. Breaking Down Week 16 for the NFC North

    Few weeks in recent memory have featured the combination of fascination and playoff ramifications like the one ahead in the always turbulent NFC North...

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  8. Risk and Reward Remain at the Center of Aaron Rodgers' Return

    The fractured collarbone of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not be completely healed by the time the Pittsburgh Steelers arrive at Lambeau Field Sunday afternoon...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 5,098 reads 24 comments

  9. Is Matthew Stafford the Real Tony Romo?

    Save for being polar opposites on the draft scale, Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo aren't all that different quarterbacks. Both are big-armed, risk-taking gunslingers. Both have huge contracts indicative of elite players at their position...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 38,300 reads 257 comments

  10. Jim Schwartz's Lions Are Good, but Not Good Enough

    With everything around them falling uncharacteristically into place earlier this season, the Detroit Lions have predictably thrown it all away during a five-game stretch that has ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 months ago 2,830 reads 53 comments

  11. Lions' Loss to Ravens Deals Crippling Blow to Detroit's Playoff Hopes

    One swing of Justin Tucker's right leg dealt a crippling and potentially fatal blow to the playoff hopes of the Detroit Lions . Actually, make that six swings...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 2,604 reads 60 comments

  12. Fact or Fiction for the Jay Cutler, Josh McCown QB Controversy

    The term "controversy" is a subjective one when approaching the quarterback situation of the Chicago Bears ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 9,332 reads 76 comments

  13. Packers Out of Excuses After Season-Saving Win over Cowboys

    One of the most improbable come-from-behind wins in franchise history has revived the once flatlining Green Bay Packers in the race to represent the NFC North as division champions...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 55,919 reads 62 comments

  14. Dallas Remains a Tale of Two Cities for the Green Bay Packers

    The city of Dallas is a bit of an enigma for the Green Bay Packers . On one hand, the Packers haven't beaten the Cowboys in Dallas in over 25 years...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 5,285 reads 2 comments

  15. What the Bears Are Gaining and Giving Up By Starting Jay Cutler

    Ask anyone inside Halas Hall who the starting quarterback of the Chicago Bears is, and you'll get the uniformed response of Jay Cutler ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 12,081 reads 70 comments

  16. Exploring the Future of Packers DL B.J. Raji During a Contract Year

    For a stretch last season, Green Bay Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji looked like the kind of player NFL teams would be willing to pay bags full of money for...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 10,340 reads 19 comments

  17. Minnesota Vikings Left to Ponder What Could Have Been in 2013

    Playing the "what if" game doesn't last long in an NFL locker room. Those that make their living inside those walls are hardwired to be singularly focused on the task at hand, which is typically the looming game on a long, grueling schedule...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 5,889 reads 23 comments

  18. Breaking Down NFC North Title Race Entering Week 15

    There isn't a division in football that will be as entertaining over the final three weeks of the season as the turbulent and often volatile NFC North...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 12,271 reads 46 comments

  19. Alshon Jeffery's Emergence Has Bears Offense Firing on All Cylinders

    Many will rightfully point to the play-calling of first-year head coach Marc Trestman or the extraordinary stint from backup Josh McCown to help explain why the Chicago Bears are currently playing so well on offense...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 5,371 reads 25 comments

  20. Will 4th-Quarter Follies Be the Detroit Lions' Undoing?

    The Detroit Lions might eventually look back on the last month of football and wonder how the outlook on an entire season went from so bright to so disappointingly dim...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 2,173 reads 48 comments

  21. Packers Save Season, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive with Close Victory over Falcons

    As the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions both jogged into their respective halftime locker rooms Sunday afternoon, the playoff picture in the NFC North appeared to be getting one step closer to clarity...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 9,577 reads 24 comments

  22. Fate of the Packers' Season Rests with Clay Matthews and the Defense

    Another week without Aaron Rodgers has put the fate of the Green Bay Packers ' sinking season back in the hands of Clay Matthews and the struggling Packers defense...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 2,742 reads 5 comments

  23. Consistency Remains the Key to Detroit Lions' Playoff Run

    There is little question that the Detroit Lions are talented enough to qualify for the NFC playoffs as a division champion...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 2,693 reads 16 comments

  24. How Much Has Aaron Rodgers' Absence Really Hurt the Packers?

    No injury in the NFL this season has been as devastating, significant or season-altering as the fractured collarbone suffered by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 3,188 reads 16 comments

  25. Packers Highlight Backup QB Problem in the NFL's New Economic Landscape

    The Green Bay Packers have been universally lambasted for their handling of their backup quarterback position this season. Ever since Aaron Rodgers went out with a fractured collarbone on Nov...

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