NFL: 8 Teams Everyone Will Grow to Hate in 2011
NFL fans have embedded preferences for teams.
We love rooting for the underdog and rooting against the favorite—there was a reason that people rooted for the New Orleans Saints and not the Indianapolis Colts a couple Super Bowls ago.
Some teams used to be darlings of the nation, and this year, us fans will grow to hate them.
Here are eight of those teams.
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The Philadelphia Eagles play an exciting, explosive way of football that many fans turned on their TVs to watch last year.
As people move past the hype of Michael Vick's amazing play, though, it will become clear that this team is very easy to dislike.
From DeSean Jackson's cocky end-zone celebrations (and sometimes pre-end-zone celebrations) to LeSean McCoy's unsavory comments about Osi Umenyiora, people will find reasons to grow tired of the Eagles.
Green Bay Packers
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Now that the feel-good story of an injury-riddled team winning the Super Bowl has completed its storybook ending, the Packer hate will start.
The Packers are one of the best teams in the league and operate like a machine—league-wide, fans are about to lose their sympathy for this club.
With Aaron Rodgers' irritating belt celebration and Clay Matthews' non-humble way of making plays on defense, detesting the Packers won't seem like such a far-fetched idea come next year.
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When the centerpiece of the team is one of the easiest-to-hate players in the league, the team can't be that far off from garnering hate.
Jay Cutler tapped out at the end of last season in the NFC Championship game, leading fans and fellow NFLers alike to criticize him about his desire to play the game.
The Bears have many easily-recognizable defensive players, too, and it's easy to hate guys like Brian Urlacher and Julius Peppers for no real reason.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were everyone's favorite underdog when they started winning games last year, but now that they've reached success, fans won't feel as excited about them in 2011.
The Bucs are developing a bad, criminal image with Tanard Jackson getting into trouble and now Aqib Talib.
LeGarrette Blount is no saint either (no pun intended), and this team's image needs some serious cleaning up before they can appeal to a wide range of fans.
New Orleans Saints
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The Saints have won their Super Bowl and are now one of the league's top-tier teams—people aren't feeling the sob story about Hurricane Katrina anymore.
Reggie Bush is just plain annoying at this point, and New Orleans is no longer a darling of the media like they were when they went on their magical run.
The team is good and many fans are getting bored with the Saints' new-found successes.
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The Falcons are not an obnoxious team by any means—rather, they're just too good to be liked at this point.
The recovering stage from Michael Vick leaving has come and gone—now, Matt Ryan and the NFC's No. 1 seed last year are just a winning team.
Fans always find reasons to hate teams who win games in bunches, and the Falcons won't be an exception to the rule.
San Diego Chargers
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Now that the Chargers have missed the playoffs, haters have legitimate reason to come out of the woodwork and criticize San Diego.
When San Diego makes the playoffs again next year, though, people will get irritated again with this team.
Philip Rivers is an intense, in-your-face quarterback whom many fans dislike. Look for the Chargers to return to fans' doghouses next year.
Kansas City Chiefs
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The Kansas City Chiefs are the last team on this list, but they may end up being the most hated team on here.
Jonathan Baldwin doesn't strike me as very likeable, and the rest of this offense is easily detested—guys like Matt Cassel don't get a lot of positive support.
Look for the Chiefs to get irritating now that they've won their division and come into the season with a renewed focus on gaining haters.