• The Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest is circling and preparing to land. All that remains is to crown a winner.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 15 results and standings

    Muddle It was a mediocre Week 15 for the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest, as just under half our contestants scored three points. No one could have expected the blowouts we...

  • Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler are the latest quarterbacks to carry on that oldest and bitterest of rivalries between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.

    10 greatest moments in the Packers/Beasr rivalry

    When the schedule comes out every April, the first thing I look at is not who we play opening day, it’s not when we are on Sunday Night Football or Monday...

  • Only a few riders still remain in the saddle, as the field in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest has thinned out. Who will make his final move this week?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 15 match-ups

    Thinning herd It’s Week 15 in the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest, and it’s come down to a three-horse race between LambeauorWrigley, dalaislama, and Preparation_A, with a couple of dark horses hanging in there...

  • The storm is hot on the tail of the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest leader. Does he have what it takes to withstand the challenge in the final quarter of the regular season?

    Pick’em contest: Week 14 results and standings

    No one’s perfect Sometimes you just have a bad day. Or a bad week, as the case may be. In our first week with two divisional games, things didn’t exactly go...

  • No amount of heartbreak in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest can compare to the sacrifices of those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 14 official picks

    In memoriam I would be remiss if before we get to our weekly fun, I didn’t acknowledge the solemn anniversary we as Americans mark on December 7th. Seventy-one years ago today,...

  • The Atlanta Falcons were the first NFC team to clinch a playoff berth in 2012.

    The Path to 10-6: Week 14 edition

    With their victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, the Seattle Seahawks, who have three remaining home games, have me convinced that it probably will take 10 wins to make...

  • After this week, many of the participants in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest will be officially eliminated from contention and it will be time to put them out of their misery.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 14 match-ups

    Gaining ground Last week four people tied atop the leaderboard, scoring five points. Yours truly, Gabes22, took the crown by virtue of his impressively accurate tiebreaker prediction. Fortunately for him, but...

  • She is simply incredulous that some of our competitors in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest could be doing so poorly.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 13 results and standings

    Surprising results So much for lucky Week 13! As we look back in the rearview mirror, we can see that it was a solid, though unspectacular, week on the Water Cooler Sports...

  • After the poor showing they've had so far this season, some of our 2012 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest participants can be forgiven if they have that thousand-mile stare.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 13 official picks

    Horseshoes and rabbit feet Lucky number 13 — Week 13, that is. By Sunday, December football will be upon us. That means weather will start being a major factor in games...

  • Minnesota Vikings defensive back Fred Smooth tried to take a Lambeau Leap into the stands -- and was denied.

    Packers vs. Vikings: A true sibling rivalry

    Taking it personally This week brings us the 103rd renewal of the Packers-Vikings rivalry. To date, the Green Bay Packers have won 53 contests, the Minnesota Vikings have won 48 (including...

  • Not even a challenge-flag malfunction could derail the Atlanta Falcons' playoff prospects this season.

    The Path to 10-6 (or is it 9-7?): Week 13 edition

    What a disappointing week for those on the brink of the NFL playoff picture. Look at the carnage arrayed before us: The 6th seed Seattle Seahawks — lost. The 7th seed...

  • Be sure to submit your picks for the Week 13 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 13 match-ups

    Luck of the Norse Lucky Week 13 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest promises to please. Featured match-ups include the 103rd meeting in the always-fierce rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and...

  • In Week 12 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest, two lucky members took everyone else to the cleaners.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 12 results and standings

    The bad news is that Week 12 in the Water Cooler Sports Contest did not yield any perfect six-point slates. The good news is that it did yield 10 contestants with enough...

  • Will quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions whet the appetites of NFL fans everywhere, or will Thanksgiving Day feasters be worshiping the porcelain god after the game?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 12 official picks

    Feast of football As we prepare to embark on this holiday break, we will talk about what is truly important in life. Football! Thanksgiving football has been an American tradition since...

  • Will Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan recover from his embarrassing performance against the Arizona Cardinals, or was that game a harbinger of a late-season collapse?

    The path to 10-6: Turkey Week Edition

    Week 11 was an eventful week that brought some changes in the NFC pecking order, most notably atop the NFC North standings and in the Wild Card race. In fact, only...

  • We have much to be thankful for even as we lock horns in Week 12 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 11 results and standings

    Plentiful perfection Give yourself a round of applause! An impressive 22 of our 25 contestants scored at least five out of a possible six points this week. An astounding 10 people...

  • Before you tuck into those Thanksgiving Day delights, be sure to submit your picks for the Week 12 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 12 Pass the Gravy Edition

    Holiday happenings I am posting the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest match-ups for Week 12 a bit earlier than usual to account for the Thanksiving Day games and best accommodate everyone’s...

  • Be good or be good at it, or else our rules enforcement officer just might be forced to administer corporal punishment.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 11 official picks

    Majority rule Week 11 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest offers us an interesting slate of games, despite the fact that our contestants are nearly unanimous in their picks for three of...

  • Despite their Week 10 loss, the Atlanta Falcons are still in the driver's seat for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

    The Path to 10-6: Week 11 edition

    Another exciting week of NFL action is under our belts. The path to the playoffs is getting clearer by the week.  The 1972 Dolphins team celebrated with some champagne, as they...

  • With yet another two-point match-up in Week 11, this is your perfect chance to make a move down the home stretch of the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 11 match-ups

    Fall frenzy What is that you smell? I smell a touch of fall (or dare I say winter?) in the crisp Midwestern air today. You know what that means? It means...

  • Our 2012 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest leader, LambeauorWrigley, is starting to mop the floor with the competition, and all this girl can do is smirk.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 10 results and standings

    Change is in the air Before we get to the nitty-gritty, I want to get a little business out of the way. Going into Week 12 (Thanksgiving week), I am going...

  • Will Week 10 represent a resurrection for low-ranking contestants in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest, or will this weekend be a graveyard of broken dreams for our leaders?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 10 official picks

    Fall medley Week 10 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest features a bit of everything: a pair of divisional matchups, a surprise in how tight the board feels one game...

  • At the halfway point in the season, the 8-0 Atlanta Falcons have by far the easiest path to a 10-6 season record and a playoff berth.

    The Path to 10-6: Week 10 edition

    Mystical 10-6 The playoff race got a bit more interesting in Week 9 as seven of the eight teams in the NFC South and NFC North helped their playoff prospects. We...

  • Some of our Water Cooler Sports Pick'em contestants are flying high, while others are struggling. Could this be the week our leaders come to earth?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 10 match-ups

    Upset special Welcome to Week 10 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest. We have an interesting slate of games for you all to enjoy this week. It features a couple...

  • Like the commando he is, LambeauorWrigly continues to lead from the front in the 2012 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 9 results and standings

    Picking perfection It is abundantly clear as we enter this election that we are thinking with clear heads. How else do you explain 12 perfect sheets in a single week? You...

  • Although a couple more wins will put Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in serious contention for the 2012 NFL MVP award, it is the Chicago Bears who are the class of the NFC North at the midpoint of the regular season.

    NFC North midseason status report

    Through nine weeks and 34 games, it is crystal clear that the NFC North is the finest division in the entire NFL.  It boasts an incredible 22-12 overall record, with a...

  • Several of the contestants in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest, who are in dire need of points, will be praying that their picks come true this week.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 9 official picks

    Midway mania This is the tipping point of the 2012 Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest. We have already completed eight weeks of the NFL regular season.; after this weekend, we have but...

  • The Carolina Panthers have the hardest path to 10-6.

    The Path to 10-6: Week 9 edition

    As we get further into the season the playoff picture becomes clearer, but merely halfway through the season there is still a lot of muddiness in these waters.  We are going...

  • Even if your picks haven't gone so well through the first half of the season, don't hang yourself in despair. There is still time to overtake the leader in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 9 match-ups

    Week 9 match-ups Happy Halloween!  We are in the midst of getting more NFC South involvement on this site. That means more NFC South games to pick and perhaps fewer national...

  • The rest of the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest prognosticators are left gazing in longing as our leader slowly but steadily pulls away.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 8 results and standings

    Perfection personified What’s that stiff breeze at your back?  It’s LoW-mentum! For the second straight week ,our esteemed colleague, LambeauorWrigley, has picked a perfect sheet. This week he doesn’t have the...

  • If you've been too shy to take part in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest, this is the perfect week to get your feet wet!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 8 official picks

    Halfway point I can’t believe that we will be halfway through the 2012 NFL regular season after this week. Where did the time go? We only have nine weeks remaining in...

  • The Detroit Lions have not yet been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but for all practical purposes, their season is over.

    Path to 10-6: Week 8 Edition

    Magical 10-6 With the commanding lead the NFC holds over the AFC in head-to-head action, it will be imperative for NFC teams to finish with a record of at least 10-6...

  • President Richard Nixon wants you to throw your hat into the 2012 Water Cooler Sports Network Pick'em Contest!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 8 Match-ups

    Tension mounts We are seven weeks into the NFL season and we finally are starting to have enough data to make sound judgements. We can safely decipher the strengths and weaknesses of teams...

  • A few of our Water Cooler Sports Pick'em contestants are sitting pretty after Week 7, but there are still several would-be challengers in position to make a run at the crown.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 7 standings and results

    Photo finish Whom do I trust? Whom do I trust? Gabes22, Childerz, BearsSaveLives, dalaislama, niemerg1, NateSweet, LambeauorWrigley and thebaskett – that’s who! With Chicago’s victory last night over Detroit, we had...

  • The Green Bay Packers may have one of the easier paths to the 2012 playoffs.

    The path to 10-6: how NFC teams can reach the playoffs

    Magical 10-6 Through six weeks, NFC has gone 19-8 against the AFC. This impressive record extrapolates out to a 45-19 record for the full season. If the NFC can keep this...

  • Which did you pick? No, not which side of the lovely pirate, silly, which teams did you pick in the Week 7 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 7 official picks

    Fresh, hot picks Good evening, fellow fans!  The 2012 Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest rolls on, and I am here to serve you a fresh dose of exciting picks. Week 6...

  • Can you pick your winners in Week 7 better than the Virgin Queen picked her advisors?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 7 match-ups

    Week 7 We are approaching the middle of the season, which means we have moved beyond relying upon our perceptions of last year’s teams to having an idea of which teams...

  • Will complacency set in among the leaders of our Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest, or will they continue to maintain their dominance as we roll into the second half of the season?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 6 results and standings

    This week got off to a rough start and didn’t get much better from there on out. All but one of our contestants got the Thursday Night game wrong. That being...

  • It looks like it's going to be an old-fashioned hoedown in Week 6 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest. If you haven't already done so, get your picks in today!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 6 official picks

    Crazy picks Week 6 of the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest is upon us, and I must say that this is the most surprising collection of picks that I have seen...

  • Don't be shy! Line up and submit your picks for the Week 5 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 6 match-ups

    Congratulations to Childerz for winning this week’s contest and congratulations to MIBearFan for leading the season long competition to this point. If you haven’t won as of yet, you still have...

  • So you want to be a celebrity? Win the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest and people will be asking for your autograph.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 5 Standings

    Once again, a hearty congratulations to Childerz for winning this week’s edition of the Water Cooler Sports Pick’em Contest. Don’t lose site of the fact, however, that this isn’t about amassing...

  • If you want a hot pick in Week 6, the Houston Texans are a good bet.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 5 Results

    Week 5 highlighted our ability to pick games. Nobody finished with fewer than two points and we had a five-way tie atop the leader board. Childerz wound up winning this tiebreaker...

  • This is how our male contestants envision our female contestants looking as they mull over their weekly picks.

    Pick’em contest: Week 5 official picks

    Our pugnacious prognosticators had a good week in Week 5. There was a logjam up top with several contestants all scoring five out of six points as they picked the Minnesota Vikings...

  • Who would have thought the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders would don pink to raise awareness for the Water Cooler Sports Network Pick'em Contest?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 5 match-ups

    The teams of the NFC North are one-quarter of the way through their 2012 campaigns. Some are exceeding expectations and some are playing below them. What all have in common is...

  • MIBearFan rejoices at the news that he leads all contestants through Week 4 of the Water Cooler Sports Network Pick'em Contest. Congratulations, MiBearfan!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 4 standings

    The deadlock is broken! Our four-way tie entering week four is no longer. MIBearFan perches all alone atop the leaderboard with 14 points through Week 4. Congratulations to him and his...

  • These girls can't contain their excitement at knowing that Koosh correctly picked the combined score of the Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens game, predicting the combined score to be 37 points. Congratulations on taking the Week 4 crown, Koosh!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 4 results

    Now that’s more like it! Our collective prognostication skills experienced a resurgence in Week 4. Four of our fearless prognosticators had a chance for a perfect week entering Monday’s clash between...

  • The NFL's instant replay system is fatally flawed, says Mike Gabelbauer of the Water Cooler Sports Network.

    The NFL instant replay system is fatally flawed

    If you’re like me and many other Packer fans, you’ve gone through the seven stages of grief — and then some — since the Inaccurate Reception in Seattle one week ago...

  • The New Orleans Saints are not as bad as their 0-3 record indicates, but they must contend with a Green Bay Packers team still furious over its controversial defeat in Week 3.

    Mike’s Picks: Week 4

    Due to some scheduling conflicts with which Adam Benoist, our normal perspicacious prognosticator, is grappling, I am flying solo this week. Expect Adam’s picks to return next week. Prophetic prowess Last...

  • These fine ladies are ecstatic that every one of our contestants in the Week 4 Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest already has a point.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 4 official picks

    A new week of NFL regular-season action is upon us, and the regular referees are back! That means from now on, no one can use the replacement refs as an excuse...

  • Despite the fact that Green Bay Packers safety M.D. Jennings clearly had possession of the ball, the officials ruled that Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate had completed the catch for a touchdown. Mike Gabelbauer argues that Seattle should never have been in position to make that play.

    Black and Blue at Night: A timeline of what went wrong in Seattle

    Ever since the Green Bay Packers (1-2) fell to the Seattle Seahawks (2-1) in controversial fashion, people have fixated on the climactic call, because it was so spectacularly bad that it...

  • Auditions are over and it's starting to get serious in the Water Cooler Sports Pick'em Contest. Submit your picks for Week 4 today!

    Pick’em Contest: Week 3 standings

    What an insane week of football it was in the NFL. Teams that were supposed to win lost decisively, while teams no one thought had a chance came up with decisive...

  • For every winner there are many losers, and a lot of our contestants felt like they were robbed in Week 3.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 3 results

    What is that sound I hear? I do believe it’s the mournful tones of anguish and despair as the contestants of our Black and Blue Pick’em Contest watched their picks go...

  • Known for his exuberant sack celebrations, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III leads the league with six sacks.

    It’s time for the Packers linebackers to shine

    After a 2011 campaign in which he only recorded six sacks, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III has already notched six sacks through two weeks to lead the league. He...

  • The ladies of Paul Rubino's private fan club are leaping for joy at the news that he took the Week 2 crown in the Black and Blue Sports Pick'em Contest.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 3 official picks

    After much excessive delay (blame your dratted editor), here are the official picks for this week’s Black and Blue Sports Pick’em Contest. Congratulations once again to Paul Rubino for sweeping last...

  • Which team do you think these guys picked to win in the New York Giants at Carolina Panthers Week 3 match-up?

    Mike’s Picks: Week 3

    Our usual prognosticator, Adam Benoist, is out this week with an illness, so I am stepping in for him. I can assure you that my prowess far exceeds his and that...

  • Coaches Jim Schwarz and Jim Harbaugh are furious that they forgot to submit their picks last week.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 2 standings

    Here are the Black and Blue Sports Pick’em Contest standings through Week 2. If you don’t rank among the contest’s elite, have no fear. There are still 15 weeks for you...

  • Are Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and tight end Jermichael Finley thick as thieves, or does their relationship end at the white line?

    Black and Blue at Night: Jermichael Finley can go fly a kite

    Jermichael Finley’s career in Green Bay has been marked by one consistent theme: unrealized potential. Since being drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL draft and bursting onto the...

  • Be sure to stay tuned for year-to-date standings, which will be released soon. How have our regular contributors fared against the rank and file members?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 2 results

    This week was an incredibly close week in the Black and Blue Pick’em Contest. Two of our contestants went a perfect 5-5 with their predictions, successfully picking the all-important two-point contest...

  • Which way will the score go in this week's marquee match between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Vikings?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 2 official picks

    And the picks are in! Week 2 of the regular season brings us our first NFC North divisional action as the seemingly always epic rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and...

  • There's nothing quite like the rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears in any sport.

    Black and Blue at Night: What makes the Packers/Bears rivalry so great

    Each April, the NFL releases its regular-season schedule. When that schedule comes out, the first thing I look for is not who the Green Bay Packers are going to play in...

  • The 2012 Black and Blue Pick'em Contest is as exciting as a Steven Jackson scoring run.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 2 match-ups

    Our 2012 Pick’em Contest rolls on in Week 2. Congratulations to EvilDonkey for winning the Week 1 crown. Can he continue the streak this week? This week features our first divisional...

  • The Pick'em Contest results for Week 1 are in! Who was crowned this week's champion?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 1 results and standings

    Wow!  This weekend certainly proved the saying of “Any Given Sunday” that the NFL has been selling us for so many years. As if you needed any more evidence that this...

  • Filling out the injury report is one of the many tasks confronting an NFL head coach every week.

    NFC North Injury Report: Week 1

    To assist you in reading this injury report, we offer the following glossary. Teams assign players injury status based on league-mandated criteria. Probable: 75% or greater chance of playing Questionable: 50%...

  • The Week 1 picks are in, and the 2012 Black and Blue Sports Pick'em Contest is officially underway.

    Pick’em Contest: Week 1 official picks

    The Week 1 picks are in! And the 2012 Black and Blue Sports pick ‘em contest is officially underway. Remember that points will accumulate throughout the season. The purpose of the...

  • Purists have wondered if the new NFL kickoff rules will reduce the relevance of electrifying players like Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester.

    New NCAA kickoff rules miss the mark

    Last year, much to the chagrin of fans, the NFL implemented yet another in a long line of rules aimed at promoting player safety. Much to the chagrin of fans, the...

  • The 2012 Black and Blue Sports Pick'em League kicks off this week! Do you have what it takes to be crowned master prognosticator?

    Pick’em Contest: Week 1 match-ups

    The 2012 Black and Blue Sports weekly pick’em contest kicks off this week! If you wish to participate, please pick the winners of each of the following games and send your...

  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was recognized as the league's Most Valuable Player in 2011, and he will take home MVP honors in 2012 as well.

    Bold Predictions: Mike’s 2012 individual awards and playoff seeding forecast

    They say a prophet is not without honor except in his own country. Prophecy is a fool’s game, and there is nothing more foolish than trying to predict the outcome of...

  • Just as Jerry Jones was burned by his miss on wide receiver Randy Moss, Green Bay Packers fans remember being burned by Moss' many on-the-field exploits with the Minnesota Vikings

    Jerry Jones still haunted by miss on Moss

    In the 1998 draft, a freakishly great athlete, wide receiver Randy Moss, was projected to be picked in the top ten on the basis of his natural ability alone. Due to...

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    Announcement: First annual Black and Blue Blog Pick ‘em Contest!

    Our first-annual Black and Blue Blog Pick ‘em Contest kicks off in less than two weeks! This will be your chance to earn bragging rights — and the title of expert...

  • The San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers square off in their first preseason match this evening at 8:00 ET.

    Preseason Week 1: Packers at Chargers — five things to watch

    The first week of the 2012 NFL preseason is upon us! That means we will have some live game action and begin to see if the moves teams made this offseason...

  • Minnesota Vikings superstar running back has been beset with injuries of late.

    Is Adrian Peterson a top-five running back?

    For the past five years, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has almost universally been lauded as one of the two best running backs in the game — and for good...

  • Did former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins feel like taunting his old team when he saw how clearly they missed him last year?

    Top five questions for the Packers in training camp

    The Green Bay Packers have been among the best teams in the NFL over the past three seasons, compiling 36-12 mark in the regular season and a 4-2 mark in the playoffs...

  • Is Sam Shields being phased out?

    Sam Shields: a sham? We all know about Sam Shields. He was the undrafted cornerback from “The U” who compiled a seemingly impressive rookie year in 2010 highlighted by two interceptions...

  • Training camp opens today, and Mike Gabelbauer can't wait!

    Training camp: today the sun shines a bit brighter

    Training camp tremors Ah, yes! We have made it to the start of training camp! Today is a day for new beginnings. As of today, last year is no more. On this...

  • Mike Holmgren to be Inducted Into Packer Hall of Fame Today.

    This is the day. At long last, former Green Bay Packers Mike Holmgren will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame. Arriving in Titletown in 1992, Holmgren ushered in a...

  • Holdouts: just not in the cards anymore

    Sunset clause for player holdouts The provisions of the new NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) are a clear attempt to end the practice of player holdouts. The rookie wage scale eliminates...

  • Black and Blue at Night: Is Barry Sanders the greatest of all time — or overrated?

    Former Detroit Lions superstar running back Barry Sanders is enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame — and justifiably so.  He was one of the scariest big-play threats any opponent ever...

  • Black and Blue at Night: Four key NFC North players who must step it up

    NFC North players who must step it up While the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Bears, Chicago Lions, and Detroit Vikings all have different levels of expectations heading into the 2012 season,...

  • Running backs holding out: a new trend?

    Why are running backs holding out? What do the names Matt Forte (Chicago Bears), Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Percy Harvin (Minnesota Vikings) have in common?  They are all running backs...

  • 54 years of futility: the Detroit Lions’ rare talent for failure

    The Detroit Lions’ rare talent Detroit Lions fans agonize about it. Chicago Bears fans gloat over it. Minnesota Vikings fans empathize with it. Fans of the Green Bay Packers suss sweet...

  • Randall Cobb: poised for a breakout season?

    Selected as the final pick (64th overall) in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb has been tabbed by Scouts, Inc. as the...

  • The new CBA and the law of unintended consequences

    Last year, in their haste to ensure that the 2011 NFL season would kick off on time, the league and the NFL Players Association pushed through a new Collective Bargaining Agreement...

  • New Playoff Teams in 2012

    Recently, we examined what playoff teams from 2011 are most likely to miss the playoffs in 2012.  However, for certain teams who made the playoffs last year to miss the postseason...

  • Who Will Get Back to the Playoffs?

    Introduction Now that the 2012 draft and the bulk of free agent signings are behind us, we have a decent idea of what NFL rosters will look like in 2012.  This...

  • Can Vikings rebuilding effort take advantage of Peterson, Allen?

    Unquestionably, the Minnesota Viking have embarked upon an rebuilding project over the past couple of seasons. If drafting quarterback Christian Ponder with the 12th pick in the 2011 draft wasn’t unmistakable...

  • Donald Driver’s future grows uncertain

    The Green Bay Packers have depth at wide receiver that is virtually unparalleled in the NFL. They have two of the best WRs in the game in Greg Jennings and Jordy...

  • Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford tries to elude the pass rush of Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.

    Lions search for leadership

    One of the problems I noticed with the Detroit Lions over the course of the 2011 season was a vacuum of veteran leadership. It seemed the older veterans grew frustrated with...

  • Bears seek “calm waters” approach

    The Chicago Bears in the last 10 to 15 years have operated with a “choppy-waters” approach in which one side of the football — in the case of the Bears, their...

  • Will the real Packers defense please stand up?

    The Green Bay Packers are now three full seasons into the Dom Capers 3-4 experiment and each of the three seasons has had a distinct flavor. For example, in 2009, it...