1. Beckett makes it two straight
2. Ortiz fails to reach 30
On one hand, David Ortiz is due: He hasn't homered since Sept. 7. On the other hand, he has underwhelmed in 82 career games in Baltimore, batting just .250 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs. The 14 home runs are the fewest he's hit in any divisional opponent's ballpark, trailing Toronto (29), Tampa Bay (25) and New York (22). I say he finishes the season stuck on 29 homers.
3. Expanded role for Ridley
Patriots rookie running back Stevan Ridley was one of the few bright spots in Sunday's loss to Buffalo. He carried seven times for 44 yards (6.3 yards per carry) against the Bills, which comes on the heels of an impressive preseason. Meanwhile, BenJarvus Green-Ellis continues to be invisible, with just 104 yards through three games. The Patriots drafted two running backs for a reason -- because they weren't sold on Green-Ellis -- which leads me to believe that Ridley will get a longer look this weekend in Oakland.
4. Seymour sacks Brady
Richard Seymour has already compiled 2.5 sacks through the season's first three games. He had 5.5 last season, en route to his sixth career Pro Bowl appearance. The guess here is he'll be fully motivated in his first appearance against his former club on Sunday in Oakland.
5. Patriots 28, Raiders 24
Their franchise-record streak of 11-straight regular season games with 30 or more points comes to an end, but the Patriots get back in the win column.