1. Matthew Stafford, Lions' Struggles on the Road Spell Disaster for Playoff Hopes

    The Detroit Lions ' 30-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 17 ensured the Lions will now need to win three straight road games to qualify for the Super Bowl...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 hours ago 3,665 reads 26 comments

  2. Jay Cutler's Bonus Start in Week 17 Means Nothing for the Bears

    A season's worth of dysfunction will come to an appropriate conclusion when the Chicago Bears start previously benched quarterback Jay Cutler against the Minnesota Vikings in Sunday's season finale ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 6 days ago 5,224 reads 45 comments

  3. Why the Packers Must Treat Week 17 as a Must-Win vs. Lions

    A fourth straight division title isn't the only thing on the line for the Green Bay Packers when the Detroit Lions visit Lambeau Field for a season finale showdown Sunday...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 6 days ago 10,382 reads 22 comments

  4. Packers, Lions Set Up NFC North Title Game with Playoff Seeding Up for Grabs

    The Green Bay Packers (11-4) and Detroit Lions (11-4) both took care of business in Week 16, setting up a season finale between the two clubs that will determine the NFC North champion and recipient of a first-round bye in the conference playoffs...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 days ago 28,371 reads 154 comments

  5. Extending Randall Cobb Must Be a Matter of When, Not If, for Green Bay Packers

    The burning question surrounding a contract extension between the Green Bay Packers and receiver Randall Cobb should not be if, but when...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 days ago 8,907 reads 28 comments

  6. If Bears Fire Marc Trestman, What Should They Look for in a Replacement Coach?

    The reeling Chicago Bears appear to be inching closer and closer to moving on from second-year head coach Marc Trestman , a reality that will leave the club with obvious questions about what is desired in the team's next head man...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 11 days ago 19,069 reads 87 comments

  7. Laying Out the Postseason Scenarios for Lions, Packers in NFC Race

    The 10-4 Detroit Lions and 10-4 Green Bay Packers each have clear paths to the postseason, beginning with mostly straight-forward clinching scenarios in Week 16...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 13 days ago 21,531 reads 97 comments

  8. Bears' Loss to Saints on MNF Epitomizes Season to Forget in Chicago

    The ugly details of the Chicago Bears ' 31-15 loss to the New Orleans Saints can adequately explain just about everything that has gone wrong for the Bears during one of the most disappointing seasons in recent franchise history...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 13 days ago 3,580 reads 26 comments

  9. Perfect Storm Creates the Rarest of Days for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

    A perfect storm of variables and errors—both of the forced and unforced kind—helped create a rare afternoon for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 13 days ago 7,653 reads 60 comments

  10. Packers' Continued Struggles Against Top Defenses Provide Worry for Playoff Run

    The once white-hot offense of the Green Bay Packers couldn't have put together a more lousy all-around performance than the one delivered during Sunday's 21-13 defeat against the Buffalo Bills ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 14 days ago 148,215 reads 344 comments

  11. 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 17 days ago 5,582 reads 13 comments

  12. 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 20 days ago 5,618 reads 6 comments

  13. 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 20 days ago 10,347 reads 31 comments

  14. 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 21 days ago 13,880 reads 67 comments

  15. 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 24 days ago 4,373 reads 2 comments

  16. 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 25 days ago 7,097 reads 33 comments

  17. 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 26 days ago 10,608 reads 12 comments

  18. 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 27 days ago 10,736 reads 28 comments

  19. 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 28 days ago 8,735 reads 20 comments

  20. 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 1 month ago 3,342 reads 20 comments

  21. 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 1 month ago 1,386 reads 6 comments

  22. 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 1 month ago 4,076 reads 23 comments

  23. 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 1 month ago 5,805 reads 41 comments

  24. 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 1 month ago 15,761 reads 52 comments

  25. 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 1 month ago 13,149 reads 79 comments