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 Don Banks from Sports Illustrated and Each week, Banks posts his weekly power ranking column on the Sports Illustrated website. 

Banks chats with the guys about the long NFL off-season, overreactions from week 1, and looks ahead to the stories he will be following during the second week of action.

Also, Banks talks about the 49ers impressive victory in Green Bay, explains why he put the Patriots atop his power rankings column, and gives his first hand thoughts on the impressive debut of Robert Griffin III. 

Banks also says:

  • 4 Pre-Season Games will eventually give way to an 18 game schedule
  • Despite their impressive victory, the Redskins will struggle to be a playoff team
  • The Bills are a better team than they showed against the Jets
  • The Patriots two first-round picks made a huge impact against the Titans
  • Tampa Bay will try to win with defense first behind the dominate play of Gerald McCoy
  • Sam Bradford needs to match Robert Griffin this week at home against the Redskins

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 first week that was in the NFL, explain the bounty gate suspension situation, and rant about the disastrous week one efforts put in by the Saints and the BIlls. Steve and Don close the show with emails from listeners and a new segment called, One More Thing. 

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