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New England Patriots are most hated NFL team in these 13 states

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New England Patriots are most hated NFL team in these 13 states

The New England Patriots have won five Super Bowls, eight conference championships and 16 division titles since 2001, so it's understandable that many people across the United States can't stand them.

The Action Network's Darren Rovell tweeted a graphic Thursday that shows the most hated NFL team in each of the 50 states. The Patriots, unsurprisingly, are the most hated team. They are enemy No. 1 in 13 states, by far the most of any franchise.

Here's a map of the entire nation, followed by a list of the states that hate the Patriots the most.

1. Alaska
2. Hawaii
3. Utah
4. Colorado
5. Wyoming
6. Nebraska
7. Iowa
8. Missouri
9. Kansas
10. Indiana
11. Kentucky
12. Florida
13. New York

New York is an obvious one, given the Patriots' rivalries with the Giants and Jets. The midwest also makes sense because there are probably a lot of Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts fans in those states. The Pats have played the Colts and Broncos in the playoffs a total of eight times since 2001. Florida checks out, too, with Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars fans enduring several important matchups with the Patriots.

The two states that don't really make a ton of sense are Alaska and Hawaii. Neither state has a pro team of any kind. Perhaps there are a lot of Seattle Seahawks fans in those states who are still upset over the ending of Super Bowl XLIX.

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Patriots defense make NFL history with performance through two games

Patriots defense make NFL history with performance through two games

The New England Patriots defense has played very well to start the season. In fact, they are performing historically well.

So far through two contests, the Patriots have allowed a minuscule three points in two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Miami Dolphins. According to the ESPN Stats and Info Twitter account, that's tied for the fewest points allowed through two games during the Super Bowl era.

Of the three teams listed along with the Patriots, two made the playoffs but none of them made it to the Super Bowl. The Patriots will look to change that.

The Patriots have faced 22 drives this season and only one has ended in a score. Of the other drives, nine have ended in 3-and-outs and five have ended on interceptions (two of which were returned for touchdowns).

It's unlikely that the Patriots' success will continue on at this rate for the foreseeable future. But even if they regress a bit, they will still be one of the most powerful teams in the entire league and will sport one of the NFL's fiercest defenses. Either way, the Patriots defense is a strength and will surely give the Patriots a chance to make it to their fourth consecutive Super Bowl.

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NFL odds Week 3: Early spread for Patriots vs. Jets, all other games

NFL odds Week 3: Early spread for Patriots vs. Jets, all other games

The New England Patriots will be favored by more than two touchdowns for the second consecutive game when they take on the New York Jets in Week 3.

The Patriots destroyed the Miami Dolphins on the road Sunday in a 43-0 Week 2 win. New England's defense had seven sacks and four interceptions, while the offense was bolstered by the debut of newly signed wide receiver Antonio Brown. The 31-year-old veteran caught four passes from Tom Brady, tallying 56 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Oddsmakers pegged the Patriots as 18.5-point favorites against the Dolphins, and the defending Super Bowl champions easily covered the spread. With the Pats ready to host the Jets on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, oddsmakers again are making New England a massive favorite entering Week 3. The Jets also are expected to start backup quarterback Trevor Siemian against the Patriots because starter Sam Darnold is battling mono.

Here are the early spreads for every Week 3 game (via the Westgate Superbook):

The most notable spread on that list is the Dallas Cowboys being favored by 20.5-points over the Dolphins. The Cowboys are 2-0, and their high-powered offense led by Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott should easily be able to move the ball against a Dolphins defense that's given up 102 points over the first two weeks of the season.

The Dolphins have played so poorly that the Westgate Superbook is taking prop bets on them to finish the season 0-16 (the book also has odds on the Patriots going 16-0).

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