31 Reasons why NFL teams hate the Patriots

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If you didn’t know any better, you’d believe Terrell Suggs doesn’t care for the Patriots. Suggs has called the Patriots “arrogant pricks” in the past and on Thursday, he told Boston radio station WEEI the Patriots don’t “respect anybody,” and he “guarantees the other 31 teams hate the New England Patriots.”

All 31 teams Terrell? Hyperbole much? But when you think about it, Suggs does have a point.

So with the help of the intrepid Alex Gelhar and Adam Rank, we look for 31 reasons why every team hates the New England Patriots.

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1. Buffalo Bills

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The Patriots had a surplus of quarterbacks after the 2001 season, so, of course, the Bills ended up with Drew Bledsoe and not Tom Brady.

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2. Miami Dolphins

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The obvious rivalry aside, to find the true root of the Dolphins’ fans hatred, you have to go back to the 1985 AFC Championship Game. The Patriots took apart the Dolphins in Miami, 31-14. The Patriots would go on to lose in Super Bowl XX to the Chicago Bears. You know, the team the Dolphins beat in the regular season and would have had a good chance of beating again in the rematch.

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3. New York Jets

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Outside of the recent beatings, Bill Belichick was the coach of the Jets, for like a day. And then he ended up with the New England Patriots. I’m not saying the Jets would have ended up with Tom Brady and three Super Bowls but, oh wait, that’s exactly what I’m saying.

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4. Baltimore Ravens

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You know, for a team that just won the Super Bowl, guys like Terrell Suggs sure are talking a lot about a team they beat in the playoffs. Apparently Brady and Co. still has space rented out between Suggs’ ears.

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5. Cincinnati Bengals

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The Bengals have no real reason to hate the Patriots, but much like how your younger siblings like the things you like and hate the things you hate, the Bengals likely hate the Patriots because the big brothers of the AFC North do. If anything, the Bengals might actually like the Patriots. If not for the Patriots, the Bengals would have the universally recognized worst uniform in the NFL. So they have that going for them.

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6. Cleveland Browns

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Belichick coached the Browns and was poised for a big 1995 season (the team started 3-1) until rumors of an impending move surfaced to ruin the team. Now, I’m not trying to say the Browns would have ended up with Tom Brady and three Super Bowl titles, but wait, that’s exactly what I’m saying.

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7. Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Patriots won two AFC Championship Games in Pittsburgh during the Brady-Belichick era. Bledsoe came off the bench to lead the Patriots over the Steelers in the 2001 AFC Championship Game (please don’t bring up the spot, Steelers fan). Brady engineered a blowout in the 2004 AFC Championship Game, with a 41-27 romp at Heinz Field.

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8. Houston Texans

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Somebody convinced the Texans it would be a cool idea to wear letterman’s jackets for a huge showdown in New England on Monday night football in Week 14. And then the Patriots made them look like a freshman squad in a 42-14 beat down. Now those jackets live in infamy in the dark closets of those Texans players or on the shelves of the Sugar Land, Texas Goodwill center.

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9. Indianapolis Colts

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Whenever the debate for best quarterback of the era heats up, Patriots fans will point out Brady has three rings to Manning’s single Super Bowl win. The Colts did exercise a matter of revenge in the 2006 AFC Championship Game, but you still get the sense Indy fans are still smarting from the dismissiveness of the Patriots fans. And judging by the number of Manning jerseys still in Indianapolis, this one isn’t going away any time soon.

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10. Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Jaguars have made the playoffs just twice since the year 2000, and both times they were eliminated by the Patriots. New England got Jacksonville, 28-3, in the 2005 wild card playoffs. The Jags were a little more competitive in the 2007 divisional round, but still lost, 31-20.

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11. Tennessee Titans

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The Titans had a pretty good squad in 2003 but traveled to New England for the playoffs. The Titans hung tough and were tied late into the fourth quarter. But then the Brady magic led the Patriots to a field goal with just over four minutes remaining to give New England a 17-14 lead.

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12. Denver Broncos

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Now the Broncos fans have jumped into the great debate about who is better, Brady or Manning. And while a lot of the Patriots fans will laugh at Manning’s playoff failures, well, the Broncos loss to the Ravens won’t help that argument for Manning. Even though the Broncos lost to the Ravens, the Broncos fans are even more upset with the Patriots and their snickering.

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13. Kansas City Chiefs

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The Patriots sent Scott Pioli, Romeo Crennel and Matt Cassel to the Chiefs. Geeze Patriots, what did the Chiefs ever do to you?  Oh, right. Moving on.

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14. Oakland Raiders

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Really? Do we have to talk about this one? I’ve got one word for you: Tuck Rule. Even more than a decade removed from the infamous “tuck rule” game, the Raiders and their fans are still bitter over it. Which seems totally weird because the Raiders fans are the kind of people who seem to be able to seamlessly let go of the past.

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15. San Diego Chargers

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The Patriots mimicked Shawne Merriman’s dance during the 2006 AFC Divisional Playoffs at the Q. Of course, all Chargers fans remember Marlon McCree fumbling after he intercepted Tom Brady’s pass late in the game which would have sealed the win.

-Adam Rank @adamrank

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16. Dallas Cowboys

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Cowboys fans boil with rage every time the Patriots are referred to as a “dynasty,” and they’ll be quick to argue that their iconic 90s team was more of a true dynasty, since their 1994 season ended in the NFC Championship game, while the Patriots failed to even make the playoffs in 2002 after their first Super Bowl victory. And the Cowboys themselves should hate the Patriots for a) beating them three straight times in the Brady era, and b) having a savvier owner in Robert Kraft.

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17. New York Giants

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The Giants really have no reason to hate Tom Brady’s Patriots since they have the distinction of being the only team to beat him in the Super Bowl. And they did it twice. However, legendary Giants head coach Bill Parcells retired from coaching after winning his second Super Bowl with the Giants in 1991. His retirement was short, however, as just two years later he returned to coach the New England Patriots, leading them to a Super Bowl in just three years, while the Giants stumbled through the 90s.

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18. Philadelphia Eagles

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Tom Brady Super Bowl victim #3. Super Bowl XXXIX was the Eagles first Super Bowl appearance in almost a quarter-century, and came after three straight losses in NFC championship games, so expectations were high. Unfortunately, those expectations came crashing down when Tom Brady and the Patriots handed the Eagles their second Super Bowl loss in as many appearances.

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19. Washington Redskins

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The Redskins were on the receiving end of one of Bill Belichick’s classic “I don’t care that we’re up by 80 points, let’s go for it on fourth down” games during the Patriots run to perfection in 2007. With the Patriots already leading 38-0 in the third quarter, on a fourth-and-1 at the Redskins 7-yard line, Belichick opted to have Brady run for the first instead of mercy-kicking a field goal. The Patriots continued to run up the score en route to a 52-7 stomping, the Redskins worst loss since 1961.

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20. New Orleans Saints

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Probably the lone sore spot in the weak Saints-Patriots rivalry is when the Saints traded away a second round pick in 2011 and a first round pick in 2012 to move up and draft Mark Ingram, who has had a lackluster first two seasons in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Patriots picked up Shane Vereen (who scored three touchdowns in the AFC divisional game last season), and the talented pass rusher Chandler Jones. The jury is out for the time being, but the Saints arguably could have used some defensive talent like Jones or Don’t’a Hightower (who the Pats also selected in the first round) from the 2012 draft class instead of the backfield crowding Ingram.

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21. Carolina Panthers

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Tom Brady Super Bowl victim #2. It was Carolina’s first and only Super Bowl appearance. They seemed destined for a shot to win football’s greatest prize in overtime… until John Kasay’s kickoff rolled out of bounds with just over one minute left. That was too much time and too short of a field for Tom Brady, who promptly marched the Patriots down the field so Adam Vinatieri could kick the game winning field goal, effectively ending the Jake Delhomme’s run as a successful quarterback.

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22. Atlanta Falcons

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Back in 1991, the Patriots held the #1 overall pick in the draft, which the Falcons coveted because they wanted to draft then No. 1 prospect Raghib Ismail. The Patriots instead traded it to the Cowboys who failed to stop Ismail from signing with the Toronto Argonauts. Unable to make a deal with Dallas, Atlanta’s dreams of pairing Ismail with Andre Rison to give quarterback Crhsi Miller two top targets was dashed by the stingy Patriots.  Atlanta instead drafted Bruce Pickens and Mike Pritchard in the first round, both of whom were off the team by 1994, while Dallas took future Pro Bowl defensive tackle Russell Maryland number one overall, who helped anchor their defense en route to three Super Bowls in the next four years. The fact that Ismail was never elite in the NFL is irrelevant, Atlanta wanted that pick!

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23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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In the Buccaneers first season as an NFL franchise, they became the first team to go 0-14 in an NFL season. The Patriots were the Buccaneers’ last shot at a victory in week 14, but the Buccaneers were trounced 31-14 on their home turf. Ouch.

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24. Green Bay Packers

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Even though the Packers bested the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI to return the Lombardi trophy to Titletown, when Tom Brady came to Lambeau Field for the first time he had different plans. Brady and the Patriots wiped the floor with the Brett Favre led Packers in Lambeau in 2006, something that was impossible during Favre’s early years in Green Bay. Brady and the Patriots laughed in the face of the “Frozen Tundra,” and left with a resounding 35-0 victory.

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25. Minnesota Vikings

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Call it the Troy Williamson effect. The Vikings traded Randy Moss to the Oakland Raiders for a player (I dare you to tell me who without using Google) and a few picks, which they turned into Troy Williamson in the 2005 draft. Williamson was supposed to be the heir apparent for Moss but washed out of the NFL a few years later. Meanwhile, after suffering through the Oakland Raiders, Moss reemerged as his old dominant self in 2007 when he set the record for receiving touchdowns in a season… with the Patriots. The Vikings reacquired Moss from the Patriots during the 2010 season by trading away a third round pick, but he was never the same and the Vikings were burned, again.

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26. Chicago Bears

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The Bears hatred for the Patriots stems back to the 1985 season, when the Bears handled the Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX. Super Bowl shuffles aside, the Bears victory will forever be diminished by the inferiority of their opponent. New England’s “Cinderella” status is a blemish on the Bears one and only Super Bowl win and for that the Bears hate the Patriots. As Adam pointed out above, a rematch with the Dolphins would have been preferable, but the Patriots went and screwed it up.

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27. Detroit Lions

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The Lions always play their hearts out on their traditional Thanksgiving Day game. Despite their pride in representing this time honored tradition, they only own a 33-36-2 record all-time on turkey day, and two of their recent defeats have come at the hands of the Patriots.

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28. San Francisco 49ers

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San Francisco owns an 8-4 record all-time over the Patriots, but their real beef should be with the Patriots for dropping the 2012 AFC Championship Game to the Baltimore Ravens, who eventually beat the 49ers in the Super Bowl. The 49ers were likely hoping for a rematch against the Patriots, whom they’d ran up 41 points against in Foxboro just a few weeks prior behind the legs and arm of Colin Kaepernick.

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29. Arizona Cardinals

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The Cardinals upset the Patriots in week 2 last season, and that was with Kevin Kolb at the helm, so why should they hate the Patriots? They followed that up by losing nine of their next 11 games, and are still currently in the market for a franchise quarterback. The Patriots on the other hand, have that guy named Brady and now it’s rumored the Cardinals could be in line for former Patriots and soon-to-be Chiefs cast off Matt Cassel.  The Cardinals (and Cardinals fans) would probably prefer Brady’s backup Ryan mallet, but the odds of pulling him out from the Pats organization cheaply are less likely than the Cardinals winning the Super Bowl next season. And those odds aren’t good at all.

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30. Seattle Seahawks

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The Seahawks were also a team that upset the Patriots last season, giving us Richard Sherman’s now legendary tweet “U MAD BRO? in the process. The Seahawks, like several other teams, don’t have much reason to hate the Patriots, but they could very soon. Statistician Nate Silver recently predicted a Seahawks-Patriots matchup for Super Bowl XLVIII. Tom Brady’s not mad now, but he probably will be if these teams meet in Brady’s sixth Super Bowl, which could spell disaster for the young, fiery Seahawks defense.

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31. St. Louis Rams

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Tom Brady Super Bowl victim #1. Brady squashed the Rams hopes of becoming a dynasty, and instead, started one of his own. Had Warner beat Tom Brady for his second Super Bowl win in three years, we could be discussing Warner as the one chasing Montana’s Super Bowl win record, and not Brady.

-Alex Gelhar @alexgelhar

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