On this week's edition of Cold, Hard Football Facts on The Pulse Network, Kerry Byrne appears live in studio to break down the numbers on five different video segments. First up, a look inside of the Defensive Hog Index, and how valuable this measure proves to be in 2011. He also looks inside the imperfect Green Bay defense, the red-hot Denver rushing attack, and a key matchup out west featuring the Giants and 49ers. Finally, on this week's edition of Captain Comeback, Kerry Byrne explains why Joe Flacco's 92-yard drive against Pittsburgh was the greatest in Ravens history.
Quality Stat - Defensive Hog Index
A quick breakdown of the Defensive Hog Index shows just how crucial this stat is in winning football games - teams that rank in the top four of this stat have a combined record of 24-9, and with a few recent Super Bowl Champions leading the league in this measure, the proof is in the pudding.
Strength in Numbers - Green Bay's Imperfect Defense
While the Green Bay Packers are undefeated nine weeks into the season and show no signs of slowing down, Kerry Byrne thinks 16-0 talk is a little premature. Aaron Rodgers can certainly lead a team to a perfect season the way he is playing, but the defense has regressed from a year ago. A look ahead at the Packers' upcoming schedule shows that a loss or two isn't out of the question.
Prime Number - Denver Ground Attack No Fluke
This Broncos run game might not be the same as the system where any back could run for 1600 yards under Mike Shanahan, but last week's performance against Oakland was no fluke. Kerry Byrne tells you why there is reason for optimism with Willis McGahee and Tim Tebow in the Broncos' backfield.
Bet On It - Giants-49ers
This game in San Francisco matches up two of the better teams in the NFC, but the numbers show that the 49ers are still underrated. Jim Harbaugh has his team playing more efficiently than anyone else in the league, and with the top rating in Relativity Index, San Francisco could be the best bet here.
Captain Comeback - Joe "Cool" Flacco
Joe Flacco led the Ravens on a game-winning, 92-yard drive Sunday night in Pittsburgh against one of the top-rated defenses in the league to shock most of the NFL. We'll break down the drive from a numbers standpoint, and show you why it was the best in the history of this franchise.