Who Are New England Patriots Fans’ Least Favorite Baltimore Ravens?
New England Patriots Fans' Least Favorite Ravens
This Sunday will be the seventh time in the last five years that the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots will face each other. It has developed into one of the NFL’s best rivalries during that span, as both teams have experienced the highs and lows of the rivalry. Both teams have won three of those six matchups and each has won at least once during the playoffs
Over that span and with so many meaningful games at stake, the Ravens, the Patriots and their respective fan bases have grown to dislike players from the opposite team. That is totally acceptable and makes the rivalry all the more better. The best rivalries across all sports are supported by disdain towards the opposition.
As for Patriots fans' dislike of Ravens players, there are be some grudges that are still sticking around. Look around at the Ravens' coaching staff, and there are some familiar names that have connections to New England. Ravens defensive assistant Steve Spagnuolo was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants when they brilliantly defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. New England’s former defensive coordinator Dean Pees is Baltimore’s current DC. Pees led some mediocre defenses in Foxborough, yet went to Baltimore and won a Super Bowl. The same goes for current Ravens safety James Ihedihbo, the pride of “Zoo Mass,” as he once called it during his “Sunday Night Football” introduction.
However, none of those three made this list, and neither did former inside linebacker Ray Lewis, who was one of the greatest at his position. However, his legacy is riddled with criminal allegations and rumors of deer antler spray.
5. Ray Rice
Ray Rice is just a victim of his own success here. His 83-yard scamper on the first play of the 2009 Wild Card playoff essentially beat the Patriots as they just could not retaliate.
4. Justin Tucker
Justin Tucker's 27-yard field goal against the Patriots in Week 3 of 2012 sent the Patriots home in tough spirits. Now Tucker owns the best field-goal percentage in NFL history at 92.8 percent.
3. Joe Flacco
New Englanders think they have the best quarterback in NFL history in Tom Brady, but Joe Flacco has beaten the Patriots in two of three playoff games. In last year's AFC Championship game, Flacco put on a clinic, passing for three touchdowns and no interceptions as Brady struggled, tossing one touchdown and two picks.
2. Chris Canty
Chris Canty was one of the first players to sport the super-barred face mask. However, he is on here because he started for the New York Giants when they beat the Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVII.
1. Terrell Suggs
Terrell Suggs by far is the least liked opposing player in all of New England. He claims that he hates Tom Brady and continuously runs his mouth (this week being the exception).