Hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ interview the biggest names in sports media and pop culture each week on Football Nation's The Sports-Casters podcast.

Their guest this week is Kerry J. Byrne of Cold Hard Football and Byrne is also the nation's foremost authority on the "gridiron lifestyle" of beer, food and football. It's a tough life, folks.

Byrne joins us to discuss what conclusions his work at Cold, Hard Football Facts has made about the contenders in the National Football League. 

"The Texans have a pretty easy ride to the Super Bowl," said Byrne.

He also talks about the easy schedule the Falcons have played, the power of the underdog so far this season, and explains why the AFC is so mediocre. 

Byrne also explains how teams are evaluated on Cold Hard Football Facts, the importance of passer rating differential, and emphasizes the importance of the quarterback position. 

Byrne also says:

  • Despite their injuries, the Ravens will still be a playoff team
  • The Texans loss to the Packers was an anomaly 
  • The Seahawks are a pretender not a contender
  • Statistically, 10 of the 11 worst teams in football come from the AFC
  • The Patriots should easily win the AFC East

Steve and Don kick off each podcast with "3 Things" but manage to tackle so much more. In this week's segment they discuss the seventh week that was in the NFL, Tim Tebow trademarking, "Tebowing," and update the never ending bounty scandal. Steve and Don close the show with a listener email about Steven Jackson and One Last Thing. 

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