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NFL Week 10 Thursday Night Football: Patriots rooting guide, how to watch, open thread

The first game of the week is upon us.

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The New England Patriots will not play this week, as the 8-1 team is currently enjoying its bye. The rest of the football world keeps spinning, however, and the 10th week of NFL action will start tonight with a battle between two teams in the AFC West. So what does this mean for the Patriots? And who should their fans root for? Let’s find out:

Los Angeles Chargers (4-5) at Oakland Raiders (4-4)

When: 8:20 p.m. ET

Where: RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland CA

Television: Fox, NFL Network

Live streaming: fuboTV (sign up here)

SB Nation coverage: Bolts From The Blue (Chargers), Silver And Black Pride (Raiders)

Patriots rooting guide: Go Chargers? Despite two AFC teams playing against each other, tonight’s game actually has little impact on the Patriots and their quest for the conference’s top playoff seed. After all, neither club is on New England’s schedule this year and currently in the race for postseason positioning. To keep it that way, however, a Chargers win would be preferred — even though a Raiders victory would also be okay, so...