Last week’s Thursday Night Football game

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featured two teams with winning records Customized Atlanta Falcons Jerseys , but it turned out to be a blowout as the Pittsburgh Steelers walked all over the Carolina Panthers.This week, the 4-5 Seattle Seahawks take on the 4-4-1 Green Bay Packers and we’re going into this game without many expectations. That’s because Thursday night games we’ve expected to be great haven’t lived up to that hype, while games we expected to put us to sleep have been pretty exciting. When it comes to Thursday Night Football this season, it’s best to go in with no expectations.The Seahawks, who play at home tonight, are 7-1 on Thursday Night Football under Pete Carroll. Seven of the nine Thursday night games so far this season have been won by the home team with the road team winning only in games against teams that currently have two wins (the Eagles beat the Giants in New York and the Broncos beat the Raiders in Oakland). If you go into tonight with any expectation, it should be that the home team — the Seahawks — will win.Here are five things we’ll be watching for when the Seahawks and Packers meet on Thursday Night Football (Fox/NFL Network, 8:20 p.m. ET).1. Russell Wilson has been on fire while Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been Aaron RodgersIn the three games since the Seahawks’ bye week, Wilson has thrown eight touchdowns, one interception, has a 71.5 completion percentage, and a 123.5 passer rating. Wilson is heating up, and it comes at a good time as the Seahawks have a tough road ahead to make it to the playoffs. In his past six Thursday games, Wilson is 6-0 with 12 passing touchdowns and only three interceptions for 111.9 rating. Wilson needs one more win to tie Dave Krieg as the Seahawks’ winningest quarterback in the regular season with 70. Will it come tonight?We typically think of Aaron Rodgers as an annual top three quarterback. But Rodgers hasn’t been as special as usual this season. His 61.1 completion percentage ranks 13th in the league, he ranks 11th in touchdown passes with 17, and his passer rating of 100.0 ranks 14th. Those don’t sound like Aaron Rodgers-type numbers. He does only have one interception, which is tied with Drew Brees for the best in the NFL among starting quarterbacks. How will Rodgers look tonight, on the road, after a short week of preparation? In a tough NFC North , the Packers can’t afford to lose many more games if they want to make it to the postseason. We never count Rodgers out, but this year may be different.2. Legion of Whom?The Legion of Boom has been depleted in Seattle. Gone are Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, and Kam Chancellor. Meanwhile Earl Thomas is on Injured/Reserve after a contentious offseason. So what is the Seahawks defense without those players?In summary: just better than average. They rank 12th in yards per game, ninth in points per game, seventh in interceptions (though three of their 10 came from Thomas before his injury), 15th in forced fumbles, and 18th in sacks. Their +8 turnover differential is tied with the Rams for the fourth best in the league.Eight of the Seahawks’ 23 sacks have come from Frank Clark. The defensive end has five sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in his past four games and is aiming for his third game in row at home with a tackle for loss.3. Jimmy Graham faces his former teamThe Packers don’t often make a splash in free agency, but they did when signing Jimmy Graham to be Rodgers’ new top tight end. Graham spent the prior three seasons with the Seahawks as one of Wilson’s favorite targets and was named to the Pro Bowl twice during that time.Graham has five touchdown receptions in his last four road games against NFC West teams and ranks second in receiving touchdowns against NFC West teams since 2010, falling behind only Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has 19 receiving touchdowns in 51 games against the division.Graham is off to a solid start this season with 33 catches for 439 yards and two touchdowns. He’ll be looking to add onto that against his former team tonight.4. The Griffin brothersAs we keep an eye on the Seahawks’ revamped defense, that includes brothers Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin. Shaquill has 32 total tackles, five passes defensed, and two interceptions this season as a starting cornerback for the team. Shaquem is the one-handed rookie linebacker who was the talk of the 2018 NFL combine. He doesn’t play much, in fact his Gillette commercial gets more run than he does on-the-field. But he’s an inspiring player and has a phenomenal story, so we’re always looking to see what he does next.Shaquill’s two interceptions both came in Week 2 in a primetime game against the Bears. He’s thrived in the spotlight before and this should be a big-time game for two teams looking to make a push toward the playoffs.5. Both teams’ fanbases expect to winSeahawks fans are far more confident in both the direction of their season and tonight’s outcome, though both teams’ fanbases do expect to win today Atlanta Falcons T-Shirt , according to fans surveyed as part of SB Nation’s FanPulse polling. 69 percent of Seahawks fans are confident in the direction of the team heading into Week 11 while only 34 percent of Packers fans feel the same way about their squad.Acme Packing Company FanPulse: Packers by 1Field Gulls FanPulse: Seahawks by 4Odds: Seahawks -3Grid View The Tennessee Titans dominated just about every facet of their 34-10 win over the New England Patriots, and even did a bit of trolling along the way.Titans head coach Mike Vrabel played linebacker for the Patriots for eight seasons, winning three Super Bowls along the way. So it probably wasn’t meant as disrespect when Vrabel hit his former coach, Bill Belichick, with a little gamesmanship Sunday. When the Patriots called a trick play late in the game, the Titans responded with the same exact call two plays later just to show they could do it better.The play did end up looking better when the Titans did it — which isn’t too surprising considering it relied on the playmaking ability of each team’s quarterback:Marcus Mariota is more athletic than Tom Brady. Duh.Early in the fourth quarter, the Patriots pulled out a little misdirection on a play that ended with a 6-yard pass from Julian Edelman to Tom Brady. He was pretty wide open, but he didn’t get a first down, mostly because Brady tripped over his own feet.It didn’t look natural. Even Brady admitted that after the game.Brady came up one yard short of a first down and a false start on the next play essentially negated the entire play for the Patriots. New England failed to convert a fourth-and-6 on the next play, and the Titans took over on downs.Tennessee didn’t wait at all to make the Patriots look bad. They dialed up their version of the pass on the very first play of their ensuing drive, picking up 21 yards on a completion from Darius Jennings to Marcus Mariota.While it wasn’t as open, Mariota still managed to get up field quickly and carry New England cornerback Jason McCourty for a big gain.The game turned out to be a signature win for Vrabel and the Titans. The mirror trick plays also made the win a rare part of NFL history, as it’s not every day two quarterbacks catch a pass in a game:That rare feat would’ve happened in the Super Bowl in February if a pass to Brady hadn’t been dropped. The Titans aren’t the first to antagonize the PatriotsBrady’s drop against the Eagles landed the Patriots on the receiving end of some trolling too. Philadelphia called the Patriots’ failed Super Bowl trick play in Week 1 of this season just to show they could pull it off successfully.It seems everyone loves to take a shot at the team that has been king of the NFL for much of the last two decades when they get a chance. At least in the case of Vrabel, it probably wasn’t personal. That can’t be said for every member of the Titans, though.With the loss, the Patriots dropped to 7-3 on the year, but there isn’t much reason for them to panic. They’ll be back and the Patriots will likely be tough to deal with in January, like always. But maybe it’s time to rip all pass plays to Brady out of the playbook. They’re just inviting the Patriots to get clowned.