1. What's Wrong with the NFC North?

    There was a time in the not-so-distant past when the NFC North was widely considered one of the NFL 's heavyweight divisions...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 10,705 reads 72 comments

  2. How Can the Chicago Bears Slow Down Adrian Peterson and Vikings Run Game?

    When the Chicago Bears travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings Sunday, the chances of the Bears' slumping run defense doing anything more than containing running back Adrian Peterson are slim to none...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 3,641 reads 19 comments

  3. Are the Packers Officially Doomed in the NFC North Race?

    The Green Bay Packers ' chances of staying alive in the NFC North race were dealt a decisive blow when the division-leading Detroit Lions routed Green Bay on Thanksgiving Day...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 12,058 reads 79 comments

  4. Packers vs. Lions: Complete Thanksgiving Day Primer for Green Bay and Detroit

    The long standing tradition of the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions playing on Thanksgiving Day will add another chapter Thursday...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 13,187 reads 12 comments

  5. Slumping Run Defense Will Be Big Trouble for Chicago Bears Down the Stretch

    If any one factor is currently threatening the Chicago Bears ' ability to stay afloat in the playoff hunt, it's a 32nd-ranked run defense that was just gashed by the St...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 3,510 reads 31 comments

  6. All the Packers Need Is Aaron Rodgers Back for Legitimate Playoff Push

    Despite not winning a game in the last 29 days, the Green Bay Packers currently find themselves within a half-game of the division lead in the stumbling NFC North...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 4,361 reads 19 comments

  7. What Packers, Vikings Tie Means for NFC Playoff Picture

    The muddled and log-jammed NFC North got no clearer on Sunday, when no team in the division emerged with a win despite the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings facing off head-to-head...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 47,982 reads 64 comments

  8. Where Must the Green Bay Packers See Improvement to Beat Vikings?

    The Green Bay Packers will have an opportunity to either save or sink their 2013 season when the Minnesota Vikings arrive at Lambeau Field in Week 12...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 2,148 reads 3 comments

  9. 5 Questions the Detroit Lions Must Answer vs. Buccaneers

    There are games that eventual playoff teams are expected to win, and then there's the Detroit Lions ' matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in Detroit...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 4,050 reads 13 comments

  10. Vikings Must Adopt Adrian Peterson's Mentality to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

    Don't tell Adrian Peterson that his 2-8 Minnesota Vikings have no shot at making the postseason in 2013. The NFL 's reigning MVP won't have any of it...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 2,730 reads 13 comments

  11. Green Bay Packers Can't Salvage Season Without Aaron Rodgers

    The Green Bay Packers have learned in harsh, unforgiving fashion how difficult life in the NFL can be when dealing with an injury at the quarterback position...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 5,015 reads 17 comments

  12. NFC North Won't Be Decided Until Aaron Rodgers Returns

    Aaron Rodgers has missed the better part of the last three weeks to a fractured collarbone, and the Green Bay Packers have lost three straight games for the first time since 2008...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 4,364 reads 2 comments

  13. Josh McCown Deserves to Be Bears Starter Over Jay Cutler

    Over two starts and four total appearances, Chicago Bears quarterback Josh McCown has delivered a convincing case to head coach Marc Trestman on his qualifications as the continued starter over Jay Cutler ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 months ago 22,346 reads 341 comments

  14. What the Detroit Lions Must Accomplish to Win Important Test in Pittsburgh

    The Detroit Lions , who are leading the NFC North at a later point this season than any since 1999, have a golden opportunity in Pittsburgh on Sunday to take another big step toward winning the division and qualifying for the postseason...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 months ago 4,040 reads 16 comments

  15. Matt Flynn Finally Back Where He Belongs as Packers' Backup QB

    After failed stints in three different NFL cities, Matt Flynn is back in the role that always fit him best: as the backup quarterback of the Green Bay Packers ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 months ago 23,984 reads 20 comments

  16. Can the Chicago Bears Rise Above Growing Injury Problems?

    Don't expect to hear much pity from the Chicago Bears regarding the injury problems currently derailing the season of their longtime rivals to the north...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 months ago 3,458 reads 50 comments

  17. Breaking Down NFC North Title Race with Remaining Schedules

    In just three short weeks, the NFC North has been turned completely upside down. Rewind back to Week 7...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 months ago 15,619 reads 125 comments

  18. Packers Correct in Riding the Hot Hand, Starting Scott Tolzien Moving Forward

    Since the start of training camp in August, the Green Bay Packers have run through five different backup quarterback options. Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman were the developmental holdovers from 2012...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 months ago 14,320 reads 54 comments

  19. Aaron Rodgers Injury Puts Bears, Lions in Position to Take over NFC North

    The defining moment in the NFC North this season may not be a late comeback win or an out-of-nowhere winning streak. No...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 months ago 2,079 reads 4 comments

  20. Why Pressuring the Quarterback Will Decide the Chicago Bears' Season

    Eight games into the Marc Trestman era, it's fairly safe to say that the Chicago Bears have found a consistent recipe for scoring points, regardless of who is playing quarterback...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 months ago 7,465 reads 33 comments

  21. Despite Win, Time Has Arrived for Minnesota Vikings to Evaluate Josh Freeman

    For just the second time this season, the Minnesota Vikings fused efficient quarterback play with a late defensive stop to win a football game...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 months ago 7,918 reads 32 comments

  22. Can the Packers Really Trust Seneca Wallace in Absence of Aaron Rodgers?

    Any fair and honest evaluation of Seneca Wallace as the Green Bay Packers new starting quarterback will need to extend at least another week, but any trust in the backup to replace ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 months ago 12,601 reads 84 comments

  23. Will Jay Cutler's Return Swing NFC Playoff Race?

    Two short weeks ago, the Chicago Bears had just dropped their third game in four tries, and both Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs were lost to what appeared to be significant injuries...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 months ago 8,942 reads 80 comments

  24. Aaron Rodgers Injury: A Survival Guide for the Green Bay Packers

    A shortlist of the NFL 's most irreplaceable players would have Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at or very near the top...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 months ago 21,656 reads 118 comments

  25. Injuries Finally Catching Up to Packers at Worst Possible Time

    Under Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson, the Green Bay Packers have long prided themselves on a "next man up" mantra that has consistently replaced the panic of injury with game-day results...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 months ago 98,075 reads 323 comments