Andrew Clarifies Patriots as #1 in Power Rankings

Apparently I just need to clarify quickly why I have the Patriots at number 1 in my Power Rankings this week. Just so we're all on the same page, the number 1 team in a given set of Power Rankings should be who the best team in the league is, correct? I think we can all agree on that.

So if we have Team A and Team B playing each other, and Team A beats Team B, they would, therefore, be the better team, right?

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Mike's Week 3 NFL Picks

With Week 2 in the books it's time I bring you my first edition of weekly pickem! This week brings us a number of interesting matchups and it should prove to be an exciting one for the ordinary fan and especially for the fantasy enthusiasts. I'm going to keep my eye on our surprise 2-0's in Buffalo and especially Washington, as they head to Dallas for what should be a Monday Night Football classic. Enjoy my take on this week's action, and as always: don't be afraid to leave your $.02!

(Home Team in CAPS)

San Francisco (+2.5) over CINCINNATI – Cincinnati led by rookie Andy Dalton, have looked good in the first two weeks of the season. He seems to mesh well with fellow rookie A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham, both good signs for this young Bengals offense. The 49ers, however, have shown a good deal of promise save the fourth quarter meltdown they suffered at the hands of Tony Romo in week 2. Jim Harbaugh has shown great confidence in a less-than-consistent Alex Smith, and Frank Gore looks, at the very least, healthy. Losing Braylon Edwards for the next 3 weeks to knee surgery will hurt the passing game so the biggest key for San Francisco going into Cinci this week will be Frank Gore playing like the multiple Pro Bowler he is.

Andrew's Week 3 Power Rankings

The first 2 weeks in the NFL have brought some surprises. Things can get a bit confusing, but that's why we're here, right? Here are my power rankings, which differ from Mike's a little bit. Different, better, more accurate, whatever word you want to use.

P.S. - Look for my Contenders and Pretenders article in a few days.

RK (LW)  Record Comments
       1 2-0 It's all about QBs, and Tom Brady is a machine.
       2 2-0 It's all about QBs, and Aaron Rodgers is playing like he was at the end of last year when he led the Pack to a Super Bowl victory.

       3 1-1 See above.

       4 1-1 The Eagles best offensive player isn't Mike Vick or DeSean Jackson. It's LeSean McCoy, and he's a freak.

Mike's Week 3 Power Rankings

Here it is everyone, my first edition of the NFL Power Rankings after some Week 2 chaos. There were a few tough decisions this week, especially in the surprise 2-0 teams like the Washington Redskins and the Buffalo Bills. As it is with every new season, the NFL is proving to have plenty of surprise performances. It's tough to say whether or not these teams are contenders or pretenders, I'll leave that for you to ponder while Andrew finishes his Pretenders or Contenders article that will be delivered to your inboxes soon.

In the meantime, sit back, relax and enjoy my take on the NFL power rankings, and as always, feel free to put in your $.02!

Record Comments
        1      2-0 The Packers have some serious questions on Defense after Dom Capers' squad gave up 851 yards in two weeks. Losing Nick Collins for the season doesn't help.

     2-0 Tom Brady is already making his case for MVP. If he continues the way he's started the season, there will be no stopping the Pats.

     1-1 Drew Brees is throwing the ball well, but Lance Moore and Devery Henderson need to step it up with Marques Colston out for the next 6 weeks.

     2-0 As a pass-first offense it is imperative that Plaxico Burress gets more looks and Mark Sanchez stays off the ground. This will be even harder without Mangold.

Welcome to Fourth Down Stand

Hello sports fans, and welcome to the new Fourth Down Stand! As you all know, this site is brand new, and with all new concepts come an assumed learning curve,  but stick with us as my co-editor Andrew Hanlon and I look forward to bringing you our views on the "what's going on" in sports today. While many times these views will differ from those of the experts, we hope they prove both insightful and amusing, and look forward to any and all feedback you may have.

Our future plans include:

-A weekly podcast, available for streaming through the site or download through iTunes and many other popular podcast sources

-Regular Twitter updates @FourthDownStand

-Weekly Power Rankings, beginning with the NFL and eventually encompassing all sports

-Weekly Fantasy Power Rankings by position

-More staff, and guest writers

-Our opinions on Reality Television and the downfall of mankind as a result

-Anything else that we get in an argument over

So sit back, relax, and make sure to put in your $.02 now and again so we know how we're doing.

Enthusiastically yours,

Mike Gallagher