Not only have the New England Patriots fallen out of the playoff hunt for now, they have also fallen out of another spot. The Pittsburgh Steelers have supplanted the Patriots as the NFL’s most hated team, according to a new study.
Geotagged Twitter information accumulated by SportsInsider.com revealed the 6-0 Steelers were America’s least favorite team. The data collected shows that Pittsburgh was the most hated team in eight states.
The Steelers were tagged as the least favorite NFL team in Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. Between Bengals, Browns, and Patriots fans crowding many of those states, it’s easy to see how the Steelers made it to the top spot.
The rest of the top five is rather interesting. The Green Bay Packers were the second-most hated and drew top ranking scorn in six states; the San Francisco 49ers followed in the third spot as the least favorite in five states. The Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Las Vegas Raiders, and New York Jets tied with being most disliked in four states.
The Patriots, who finished in first last season, only drew the most ire in three states – Florida, New Jersey, and New York.
Other curious discoveries including random dislike of the Kansas City Chiefs in Arizona and Nevada for some reason; and the Dallas Cowboys are only primarily disliked in Virginia – smack dab right in the middle of Washington Football Team territory.
One thing the Patriots dynasty taught us can be applied here; success breeds contempt. As the Steelers continue a strong 2020 season, don’t expect those numbers to change anytime soon.
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