The Most Hated NFL Teams in Each State

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Most Hated NFL Teams In Each State

While geography and old rivalries generally play a large part in deciding which NFL team each state hates the most, one Redditor’s survey revealed a few surprises.

Kmhokies35 asked fellow Reddit users to share which NFL team they hated the most in an unofficial poll and then created an infographic of the United States from the responses.

Surprisingly, while New England pretty much hates the New York Jets, almost everyone in the world hates the New England Patriots. They were the most-hated team in Asia, South America, and in three U.S. states.

Broken down in alphabetical order, these are the NFL’s most-hated teams:

Atlanta Falcons

The New Orleans Saints’ biggest rival, it makes sense that Louisiana and Mississippi listed the Falcons as their least favorite team. Buy Falcons Tickets

Chicago Bears

Not surprisingly, Michigan and Wisconsin hate the Bears. Buy Bears Tickets

Dallas Cowboys

Despite being “America’s team,” the Cowboys have their haters in New Jersey, Virginia, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. When looking at the most-hated teams by continent, the Cowboys are not too loved in Africa, either. Buy Cowboys Tickets

Denver Broncos

And Arkansas and Missouri hate Colorado. Buy Broncos Tickets

Green Bay Packers

Everyone’s a Packer Backer–except Minnesota and Illinois that is. Buy Packers Tickets

Houston Texans

While Tennessee might have originally gotten their Titans from Houston, they don’t seem to be very happy about it. Along with Kentucky, they really don’t like the Texans. Buy Texans Tickets

Minnesota Vikings

North and South Dakota are tightly knit in their hatred of the Vikings. Buy Vikings Tickets

New England Patriots

Besides the world, New York, Indiana, and Florida also hate this Massachusetts team. Buy Patriots Tickets

New Orleans Saints

Basically the whole Southeast hates the Saints, excluding Florida and their home state of Louisiana, of course. Alabama, Georgia, and both Carolinas are holding onto a regional rivalry, naming the Saints their most hated team in the NFL. Buy Saints Tickets

New York Jets

New England hates the Jets, one of their biggest rivals, with Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire all listing them as their most-hated team. Buy Jets Tickets

Oakland Raiders

Kansas, Wyoming, and Colorado have it out for the Raiders and their Raider Nation. Buy Raiders Tickets

Philadelphia Eagles

Texas, with all their love of football, doesn’t like the Eagles. Along with Oklahoma, they named the Philadelphia based team as their most-hated. Buy Eagles Tickets

Pittsburgh Steelers

Of course, the Steelers are hated by local rivals, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. However, they’re also hated by Arizona and New Mexico, most likely due to the Cardinals’ Super Bowl loss to the Steelers in 2009 still burning in recent memory. Buy Steelers Tickets

San Francisco 49ers

Basically all of the Northwest, excluding California, hates the 49ers-Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana along with Iowa and Nebraska thrown in. Oh, and apparently Australia hates them, too. Buy 49ers Tickets

Seattle Seahawks

Unsurprisingly, while the Northwest hates the 49ers, the Southwest hates the Seahawks. California, Utah, and Nevada named them as their most-hated team. Buy Seahawks Tickets

Whether because of their likeability or because no one cares enough about them to really loathe them, these teams didn’t make it to the number one most-hated spot of any state:

Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins.

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34 Comments to The Most Hated NFL Teams in Each State

  1. Brock said....

    I live in Utah, and I’ve never heard anyone even suggest that they might dislike the Seahawks. The Cowboys and Patriots seem to have far more hate here than any other team.

    August 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm
    • Chris said....

      I’ve lived in SLC since last September and I have to agree with you. Most people here seem to be Broncos fans (me included) so they tend to hate the Broncos AFC rivals the most.

      August 9, 2014 at 10:45 pm
    • greg said....

      The Dallas Cowboys ARE and ALWAYS will be America’s Team! Forever!

      August 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm
  2. JC said....

    WOOOH, GO COWBOYS!!!!!

    August 9, 2014 at 1:30 am
  3. Micker said....

    LOL love the quote about the Patriots, besides the world…. That is the truth.

    August 9, 2014 at 9:23 am
  4. peaches N Cream said....

    whole world hates the GIANTS !!!!

    August 9, 2014 at 6:50 pm
  5. GEG said....

    I live in Ohio and a third of the people here are Steeler fans.

    August 9, 2014 at 11:02 pm
    • JC said....

      The other 2/3 are apparently not!

      August 10, 2014 at 1:55 am
    • stsystems said....

      mike 1246 obviously is likely from the Ohio-Pittsburgh (Northwest Territory) area, not a viable Ohio metro area… Loyalties are convoluted in the hick towns where you pick your team based only on their NFL success not local allegiance… Sort of like me picking Canada as my country because they have a superior health plan. I am Ohio and I proudly support my teams …

      August 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm
  6. kayo1956 said....

    I live in Montana and didn’t understand the basics of football, at all – until my then-future-husband agreed to teach me the fundamentals of the game in exchange for my silence/discontinued nagging. This was in the mid seventies, and the Dallas Cowboys were his all-time favorite team.

    Please keep in mind that his love of the Cowboys was a very rare thing, indeed, here in the State of Montana. The people of Montana tend to align themselves with the Denver Broncos or the Minnesota Vikings. More recently, Seattle has become more of a favorite for many Montanans.

    I also spent a lot of time living, attending college and working in Little Rock, Arkansas – prior to Jerry Jones’ acquisition of the Dallas Cowboys and afterwards (mostly in the 1980’s and 1990’s). This was a great time to be a Cowboy fan, because the local TV stations broadcast their games every week – especially after Jerry Jones (an Arkansas native) purchased the team.

    It was also during this time that I began to take an interest in the New Orlean’s Saints. Back in the early 1980’s, Arkansas stations broadcast most of the Saints’ games. That was when their owner, Mr. Benson, would carry an umbrella down to the sidelines after every game and twirl it around – kind of like an “umbrella dance” – more affectionately known by the term, “The Benson Boogie”. For some reason, I got a big kick out of the owner, and I began watching more of the Saints’ games.

    Nowadays, I consider myself to be a “recovering Dallas Cowboy fan” – not being very happy with many things about the team – especially Tony Romo. The older I have gotten, the more I have been willing to embrace more than just one NFL team. I was thrilled when Seattle won the Super Bowl this year – even if I really like and respect Peyton Manning.

    Final comment: It is fair to say that the vast majority of Montana residents despise the Dallas Cowboys, with the vast majority of Montanans aligning themselves with the Denver Broncos or the Minnesota Vikings – and to a lesser extent, the Seattle Seahawks. On a more personal note: I will always root AGAINST the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49’ers. No matter how great their teams (and players) may be, I simply cannot find it in my heart to actually like them or to root for them

    August 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm
  7. mike1246 said....

    Just think, if Mark Davis moves his infamous Raydahs to San Antonio, they might become the new darlings of the Southwest.

    August 10, 2014 at 4:16 pm
  8. bill smithzess said....

    hating the Bears is easy. just go to a game there sometime.

    August 12, 2014 at 6:14 pm
  9. Glenn Petrucci said....

    Why do the Dakotas hate the Vikings?

    August 13, 2014 at 8:40 pm
    • twaynen said....

      Yes, confusing!!! According to the NFL tv market map ( http://m.imgur.com/wQZaz ) the Dakotas are In Viking country. Are they leaning towards the Broncos?

      August 24, 2014 at 9:52 pm
    • Rob Lein said....

      The Vikings are the most popular team in North Dakota and South Dakota. I live in Fargo, and previously lived in Bismarck. I can honestly say the whole state of North Dakota is totally Vikings country. The most hated teams are either the Packers or Cowboys. I don’t know where the person who created this came up with Vikings as most hated in the Dakotas. It’s just plain wrong.

      August 25, 2014 at 9:46 pm
  10. Brett Fry said....

    I have no clue why Nebraska and Iowa don’t like the 49ers. Makes no since.

    August 13, 2014 at 9:31 pm
  11. Steve said....

    This is insanely stupid. No one at all in NC hates the saints. No one. Not one person. I called everyone tonite and except for Michael Jordan ( who wouldn’t take my call) , it is clear that the San Francisco 49ers are the most hated team.

    August 14, 2014 at 12:12 am
  12. chris troy the colts fan said....

    This has to be wrong even tho I am not a Viking fan but south dakotans love the Vikings.

    August 15, 2014 at 1:01 am
  13. Emily said....

    I live in Minnesota and I think the Vikings are the most hated team here. living in the north, it’s hard to find someone that likes the Vikings, including myself… packers rule!

    August 16, 2014 at 10:44 pm
  14. Emily said....

    I also appreciate that the most hated team in Wisconsin is the bears, the packers REAL rival!

    August 16, 2014 at 10:47 pm
  15. Greg said....

    Just saw this map today & was surprised by the Dakotas. Got a theory: I hunch the Packers were a big-time favorite in ND and SD for many decades prior to the Vikings. When the Vikings showed up in the early 60s, Dakotans didn’t switch allegiances but accepted them as the hated rivals of their long-time faves. (Sort of like people in SW Ontario who still cheer for the Tigers and hate the Blue Jays). Maybe if you live in Grand Forks or Fargo it’s different cuz you’re right on the Minnesota border, but I kinda get it. Kinda.

    August 27, 2014 at 3:37 pm
  16. DC Martinius said....

    Washington, D.C. IS The Nation’s Capital, therefore, The Washington Redskins ARE America’s Team !!!

    August 28, 2014 at 4:53 am
  17. billy said....

    you people are stupid and not true fans how can you switch liking teams when ever you want ive been a redskin fan for 35 years and i will stay one forever

    August 29, 2014 at 11:09 am
  18. DC Martinius said....

    billy is right. That’s what a fan(atic) is. God Bless You Billy. Redskins Forever !!!

    August 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm
  19. Doctor Richard said....

    One of the best marketed teams, the Redskins fans are loyal and spread so far and wide that it makes it hard for any states to hate them. DC is not a state in the union so it’s unclear whether the survey asked people living in “the district” about hated teams. I lived in that area so I know there are hated teams but the geographic strangeness of team alignments make it hard to find patterns (e.g. Skins play in MD, but MD also hosts the Ravens). The really strong supporters of the Redskins are in Virginia; thats why VA hates the cowboys. Skins have 2 major problems: mediocre to miserable records since their last Superbowl win, and Dan Snyder…. oh and the name is offensive to most americans so they better do something or States will start naming them the SKINheads.

    September 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm
  20. Dave said....

    Raider nation reaches far and wide. I’m an American and Dallas is not our team. Raiders are misfits and outcasts. That is who made America, that is what we all came from. Outcasts of other nations. Raider nation 4 ever!! That’s American!! The true American team.

    September 2, 2014 at 10:04 pm
  21. Don said....

    I despise the Cowboys , simply because they have claimed for years to be America’s team. Texas Schram in his time with the Cowboys ran the NFL , now Jerry Jones thinks he runs it , and the competition committee and the commish allow him to influence them just like Tex did , what a bunch of loud mouths the Cowboys are , haven’t won a thing in 18 years and hope they never do again. Go Eagles,Skins & Giants,keep the boys down forever. Don from Texas

    September 3, 2014 at 11:12 am
  22. Richard said....

    I’m huge Patriot fan and I don’t hate anyone, except who we’re playing!

    September 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm
  23. Blake Smith said....

    I live in Hamilton, Ohio(which is about a half hour driving time north of Cincinnati) and I can agree this area(and the rest of Ohio) hates the Steelers more than any other team. I agree with what user name Steve said, it does seem that a third of people in Ohio are Steelers fans but the other two-thirds of Ohioans are PASSIONATE Steelers haters. I mean HATERS!

    Although it seems the Steelers are hated everywhere.

    September 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm
  24. Dirtz said....

    Im Australian. There are 18 teams in the AFL (Australian Rules), nine of them in Melbourne. Everyone who doesn’t support them, HATE Collingwood Magpies. They aren’t the most successful, people don’t like them because they (and their supporters) are cocky when they win and blame the umpires when they don’t. Fremantle supporters share that characteristic.

    October 2, 2014 at 8:15 am

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