Falcons could run table
Were they to play each other, I'd give the Texans the edge over the Falcons. But Atlanta will hang on to its unblemished record longer, particularly with Texans linebacker Brian Cushing out for the year.
The Texans have a tougher remaining schedule, with games they could lose Sunday against the Packers, Nov. 11 at Chicago and Dec. 10 at New England. Of course, there's also the possibility of another team pulling off an upset, the way the Colts rode a wave of emotion and knocked off the Packers.
Other than division games, the Falcons play Oakland, at Philadelphia, Dallas, Arizona, the Giants and at Detroit. It likely won't happen, but the Falcons can run that table, especially if they maintain their turnover-differential pace.
Both will lose on Nov. 11
The small ranks of undefeated NFL teams are about to thin, but not immediately.
The Texans and the Falcons aren't going to lose their first game this month.
The powerhouse Texans will be able to edge the Ravens, avenging their divisional playoff loss in two weeks. However, they're going to be upset by the Bears on Nov. 11 at Soldier Field as Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall exploit cornerback Kareem Jackson.
Despite these setbacks, these will remain two of the elite teams in the league. However, I still have no faith in Ryan in the postseason.
Texans face rough stretch
Neither the Texans nor the Falcons are the type of team anyone suspects will run the table. So it's probably just a matter of time before each stumbles.