1. Patience Required for Both Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings

    The Minnesota Vikings have two wins and five losses to start the 2014 season, and rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has one touchdown pass against five interceptions in four appearances and three starts...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 22 hours ago 3,194 reads 9 comments

  2. Why Are the Chicago Bears Winless at Home in 2014?

    The Chicago Bears are winless over three tries at home this season, and no one associated with the team could provide a precise or detailed reason why following Chicago's 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 7...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 2 days ago 8,307 reads 40 comments

  3. Packers' Perfectionist QB Aaron Rodgers Scorches His Way into MVP Conversation

    You could see it in his face on the field, and you could hear it in his voice at the postgame podium. Aaron Rodgers , the Green Bay Packers ' perfectionist quarterback, was one ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 3 days ago 18,308 reads 63 comments

  4. Lions Finally Discover All-Important Clutch Gene on Both Offense and Defense

    The Detroit Lions are 5-2 in 2014 for many reasons, but one important factor is certainly based in the reality that this club is winning games last year's team almost certainly would have lost...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 4 days ago 11,849 reads 72 comments

  5. Vikings Need To Use Both Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata To Balance Running Game

    Lacking a player capable of handling the duties of an every-down running back, the Minnesota Vikings must get back to balancing their snaps between the plodding but effective Matt Asiata and the raw but explosive Jerick McKinnon...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 7 days ago 4,507 reads 10 comments

  6. Upcoming Schedule Will Define Packers' Revitalized Defense

    The next two weeks should help provide much-needed clarity about where the Green Bay Packers really fall on the defensive spectrum. Through six games, the Packers defense ranks 12th in points (21...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 8 days ago 6,266 reads 6 comments

  7. Bargain Buy Willie Young Gives Bears the Sack Artist Needed in Chicago

    With an NFL -high seven sacks in just six games, Chicago Bears defensive end Willie Young has stated his case as the ultimate bargain buy of the last free-agent period—all ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 9 days ago 8,454 reads 25 comments

  8. Vikings Offensive Line Must Improve to Repair Teddy Bridgewater, Offense

    If the last two weeks proved anything about the Minnesota Vikings , it's that the man playing quarterback really doesn't matter behind one of the NFL 's worst offensive lines...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 10 days ago 4,738 reads 32 comments

  9. Relaxed Aaron Rodgers, Packers Look Again Like Legitimate Contenders in the NFC

    Down seven points and facing a critical fourth down, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy chose to take the points and kick a short field goal—banking on his injury-riddled ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 11 days ago 15,637 reads 61 comments

  10. Lions Defense Provides a Litmus Test for Vikings Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater

    Nothing against the most impressive rookie quarterback of 2014, but Teddy Bridgewater of the Minnesota Vikings has been mostly eased into life in the NFL ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 13 days ago 4,908 reads 38 comments

  11. Packers' Rediscovered Pass Defense Key to Victory over Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

    The Green Bay Packers ' rediscovered ability to make life difficult on quarterbacks could end up being the winning difference when the club travels to Miami to take on Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins in Week 6...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 14 days ago 4,259 reads 3 comments

  12. Who Is Matt Prater and How Could He Save the Detroit Lions' Season?

    The winding path to the present included two failed attempts and a brutally painful blown win, but the Detroit Lions have likely found the individual that will ensure the 2014 season isn't lost in the flames of a kicking situation gone awry...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 15 days ago 9,180 reads 26 comments

  13. Pass-Rush-Needy Bears Require More Out of Pricey DEs Lamarr Houston, Jared Allen

    The Chicago Bears likely envisioned much more than 23 combined tackles and zero sacks through five weeks when general manager Phil Emery agreed to fork over $30...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 16 days ago 3,911 reads 24 comments

  14. With or Without Calvin Johnson, Lions Offense Needs to Snap out of Its Funk

    In this bizarro world just five weeks into the 2014 season, the Detroit Lions find themselves ranked second in the NFL in scoring defense and a lowly 27th in scoring offense...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 17 days ago 2,067 reads 16 comments

  15. Critical Turnovers Still Haunting Jay Cutler and the Volatile Chicago Bears

    Turnovers during the most critical times have become a losing habit Jay Cutler and the volatile Chicago Bears can't seem to kick...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 18 days ago 12,563 reads 145 comments

  16. Vikings' Blowout Loss Exposes Problems That Extend Beyond Christian Ponder

    While Christian Ponder rewrote the definition for poor quarterback play, the problems faced by the Minnesota Vikings during Thursday night's blowout loss in Green Bay ran deeper than just missing rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 20 days ago 17,619 reads 107 comments

  17. Can Aaron Rodgers and the Packers Unlock the Mike Zimmer Defense vs. Vikings?

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a sizzling passer rating of 117.9 over 12 career games against the Minnesota Vikings , his opponent for Thursday night's Week 5 showdown...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 22 days ago 10,707 reads 49 comments

  18. How the Lions Became an Elite Defense and Why the Dominance Will Continue

    Look up almost any meaningful defensive statistic and you'll find the Detroit Lions at or near the top of the rankings after four games this season. While numbers often lie, these don't...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 23 days ago 15,471 reads 55 comments

  19. How Norv Turner and the Vikings Helped Teddy Bridgewater Explode in First Start

    Not enough credit is being assigned to Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner for the breakout performance provided by rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 24 days ago 7,637 reads 25 comments

  20. Jay Cutler Mistakes, Soft Defense Doom Chicago Bears Again

    A couple of poor plays from quarterback Jay Cutler and a defense incapable of getting off the field could pretty much sum up the Chicago Bears ' 38-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Soldier Field...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 25 days ago 12,882 reads 158 comments

  21. Can Bears, Packers Turn Around Struggling Run Games During Division Showdown?

    Two of the NFL 's most prolific offenses from a year ago have been stuck in neutral to start 2014, and the struggles both have had running the football are at least partly to blame...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 28 days ago 5,385 reads 14 comments

  22. Best to Temper Early Expectations for Teddy Bridgewater as Vikings Starter

    This wasn't part of the Minnesota Vikings ' plan for rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater 's first ever start. Down a once-in-a-generation talent at running back. Without the safety valve of an athletic, pass-catching tight end...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 29 days ago 8,735 reads 23 comments

  23. Missed Throws and Missed Receivers Highlight Aaron Rodgers' Early Struggles

    After years of Aaron Rodgers making the most difficult position in sports look so easy, it can be jarring to the optics when the Green Bay Packers quarterback goes through a taxing period like he has to start the 2014 season...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 30 days ago 8,429 reads 27 comments

  24. Chicago Bears' Opportunistic Defense Making Up for Injuries, Shortcomings

    The product hasn't always been aesthetically pleasing, but the opportunistic nature of the Chicago Bears defense has been good enough to help overcome a growing number of injuries ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 month ago 4,674 reads 12 comments

  25. Teddy Bridgewater's Vikings Debut Provides Encouraging Signs for Future

    Despite being thrust into one of the most inhospitable environments in the NFL , Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater handled himself just fine—showing ...

    Zach Kruse Written by Zach Kruse about 1 month ago 6,626 reads 7 comments