The Cowboys the Most Hated Team in Football? Patriots Not Far Behind

For all football fans, we have our favorite teams whether its our hometown one, a family favorite or a love for a player. But we also have teams that we just hate for individual reasons. For some of them, it’s common to have large groups of haters.

In a Reddit post, one football fan–after admitting to spending an incredible amount of hours on the site–put together a survey on NFL Viewership Habits. His goal was to put together a segmentation for the different types of NFL viewers.

Here’s some responses that exemplify his questions:

  • 10% agree that owners are good for the future of the NFL
  • 45% agree that players will have a shorter lifespan due to the effects of the game

But the really interesting responses came on the questions regarding NFL teams, especially one that comprised the “List of Hate.” When looking at this, keep in mind that % represents the percentage of the total population that said they hated them.

  • Dallas Cowboys 40.60%
  • New England Patriots 24.10%
  • New York Giants 17.60%
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 16.90%
  • Green Bay Packers and New York Jets 15.70%
  • Oakland Raiders 13.80%
  • Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles 11.90%
  • New Orleans Saints 10.00%
  • Chicago Bears 9.20%
  • Washington Redskins 8.80%
  • Denver Broncos 8.40%
  • Cleveland Browns 7.70%
  • Atlanta Falcons 6.50%
  • Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals 6.10%
  • Miami Dolphins 5.40%
  • Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers 5.00%
  • Arizona Cardinals 4.60%
  • Detroit Lions 4.20%
  • Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans 3.80%
  • Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings 3.40%
  • San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3.10%
  • Seattle Seahawks 2.70% 29
  • Jacksonville Jaguars 2.30% 30
  • Saint Louis Rams 2.30% 30
  • Houston Texans 1.90% 32

Are you surprised?

Keep in mind this NFL fan wasn’t alone in his haters discussion. This spring, ESPN took this to ask with a discussion by Skip Bayless and Jemele Hill on “First Take” after the Baltimore Ravens All-Pro linebacker Terrell Suggs said on Boston’s WEEI “The Big Show” that Patriots were hated throughout the league.

So what would lead Suggs to say this? His source of information was former Patriots players–essentially members of the fraternity. He said via WEEI, “The NFL is not very big. You think we don’t talk to guys that have played for the New England Patriots, that have been on the New England Patriots that have been like, ‘Oh, it’s been like this.’

He then added, “It ain’t just me. Why did Bart Scott say the same thing? You think it’s just us? You think it’s just got something to do with us? No. This is because we have inside information. We know.”

And no Suggs did not apologize for his comments.

As for the Bayless and Hill discussion, their basis for debate came from an ESPN poll result that has asked if the Patriots were the most hated team in the NFL. The result? More than 53% agreed.

If you’re wondering why there’s so much hate, NFL.com thought of 31 reasons why every league team hates the Patriots. Take a look.



Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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