Question of the day: Which NFL team will be the last to lose a game?
Writers from around the Tribune Co. weigh in on the topic. Check back throughout the day for more responses and feel free to leave a comment of your own.
Steve Svekis, South Florida Sun Sentinel
The only team that we know will be undefeated headed into next week is Kansas City, as the Chiefs are off this weekend. However, they return from the break with road games in Indianapolis and Houston. It will be time to really reassess Todd Haley's crew if they even win one of those games.
The Bears and Steelers both play in Week 4, and neither has a favorable matchup, with Chicago in New Jersey on a short week to face a desperate Giants team, and the Steelers, in their final game before Ben Roethlisberger returns, hosting the Baltimore Ravens. I believe that the Giants will knock off the Bears, and Baltimore will edge Pittsburgh. So, by default, that would make the Chiefs my final unbeaten team. Wow.
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Kevin Van Valkenburg, Baltimore Sun
Jay Cutler throws footballs the way Michael Jordan used to shoot fade-away jumpers — off his back foot, and with the flick of a wrist. He doesn't do it nearly as accurately or as gracefully, of course, and his demeanor is generally more like sullen emo teen than a premier NFL signal caller. But the Chicago Bears are still the best bet to end up the last undefeated team in football this year.
They're not as good as the Pittsburgh Steelers, or as lucky as the Kansas Chiefs, but they do have the easiest schedule of those three. They could easily be 8-0 going into a Nov. 14 game against the Minnesota Vikings. Sure, they don't run the ball all that well, and both Lovie Smith and Mike Martz could definitely use a refresher course on clock management, but the Bears are just decent enough to keep fooling people. For now.]
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Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
The amazingly undefeated Chiefs are safe for this weekend, as they have their bye, but they enter a tough stretch after that with road games at Indianapolis and Houston. They aren’t likely to get through those unscathed.
If Pittsburgh gets past Baltimore on Sunday, the Steelers will remain undefeated heading into their bye, and they get Ben Roethlisberger back on the other side of it (although with the way Charlie Batch played Sunday, there’s no urgency to get Big Ben back right away). The Steelers then play host to Cleveland, then have consecutive road games at Miami, New Orleans and Cincinnati. It’s hard to tell exactly how good the Steelers are, but their schedule works out nicely for them.
Likewise, it’s a good schedule for the undefeated Bears, who have back-to-back road games against the struggling Giants and Panthers, then get a pair of so-so opponents in Seattle and Washington before their bye. I think it’s the Bears who are in the best position to stay undefeated the longest, because of the way their schedule sets up.]
Top photo: Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel picks up wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who caught a 45-yard touchdown pass during the Chiefs' 31-10 victory Sunday. Credit: David Eulitt / Kansas City Star / MCT
Bottom photo: Chicago wide receiver Rashied Davis reacts after the Bears' 20-17 victory over Green Bay. Credit: Mike DiNovo / US Presswire