Question : Which of the undefeated teams is most likely to lose this week?
Pete Prisco -
Do we have to pick one? Or can we go three of the four? The Colts have no chance to lose to an undermanned 49ers team, but the other three all have stiff road tests. The Bucs play at the Jets, which won't be easy because the Jets defense will keep them in the game. The Bengals play the Jaguars in prime time, a Jaguars team coming off a terrible home loss. Those two will have fights on their hands. But the choice as the team most likely to lose Sunday is the Redskins. The Broncos looked impressive in knocking off the Jaguars last week, and the Redskins have squeaked by in all three of their games. Denver will jump on the Redskins early and then keep pounding the running game in the second half. Washington won't be able to muster much on offense. But the Redskins won't be the only unbeaten to fall. In fact, it wouldn't be shocking to see the Colts as the only remaining unbeaten after Week 5.
Clark Judge -
Take your pick of two -- Cincinnati or Washington. Me? I'm going with the Redskins because of three things: 1) They have trouble scoring; 2) they face an aggressive defense that won't let them run (see Jacksonville and 12 yards) and 3) Denver is home. The Broncos have an enormous advantage at Invesco Field, with a 25-9 record since it opened in 2001. To be effective, Washington must be able to control the clock, and I don't see how it does it against a defense that held LaDainian Tomlinson to 52 yards, checked its last three opponents to an average of 2.9 yards a carry and, over the past 28 series, allowed two touchdowns and two field goals. Hey, San Diego had 43 yards total in the second half against Denver, and that encompassed seven series. I just don't see how Washington solves the Broncos defense or the altitude.