Three observations …

•Thursday was the first time a Bill Belichick-coached Patriots team won a game despite having more punts (11) than first downs (nine).

•Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who had 217 yards passing and 112 rushing in a near upset of the Colts, isn't a good enough passer to take full advantage of the read-option.

•Southern Cal, with 40, had the most players represented on last week's opening-day rosters. The Vikings have four: Matt Cassel, Rhett Ellison, Matt Kalil and Everson Griffen.

Two predictions …

•Eli Manning will surprise all of us again, upsetting older brother Peyton at home.

•The Browns, who are at Baltimore, will do their part in trying to make next week's Vikings home opener a battle of 0-2 teams.