After each week of the 2014 season, we've kept track of which player (or others) your NFL fan base is furious about following his performance in the game. Now, at the season's midway point, we have a beautifully hateful accumulation of anger.
Here's who each NFL fan base hates after eight weeks — not a list you want to make.
Culprit: CB Patrick Peterson
Weeks hated: None
Why he's hated: The Cardinals are 6-1 even though their supposed best player is quietly having the worst season of his career. Arizona fields the NFL's worst pass defense at 302.9 yards allowed per game, and Peterson is responsible for an uncharacteristically solid chunk. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin specifically toasted the corner when their teams met, and quarterbacks have a 132.7 QB rating when throwing into his coverage, according to Pro Football Focus.
Hate sample: "Patrick Peterson really should move to FS like DRC did because he is overrated as f— as an CB and I'm a Cards fan." - @dvontel
Cuprit: OLB Kroy Biermann
Hated for Week: 4
Why he's hated: His lack of pass-rushing ability is a microcosm of the struggling Falcons. Biermann, who's started every game, hasn't yet recorded a sack and has touched a quarterback just three times. Fans literally have started an online petition to bench him.
Hate sample: "Kroy Biermann is a piece of s—. That m—f— needs to get hit by a bus." - kjs407
Culprit: WR Jacoby Jones
Hated for Week: 4, 6, 7
Why he's hated: "Jacoby Jones" and "drop" have become synonymous in Baltimore even though the return specialist is seldom used on offense. He's dropped more passes (5) than he's caught (4) in 11 targets this season. He even muffed a punt against the Falcons.
Hate sample: "I've seen Jacoby Jones drop at least 3 passes this season where the ball hit him in BOTH hands….." - @tjones306
Culprit: CB Nickell Robey
Hated for Week: 1, 2
Why he's hated: Just because his name is Nickell doesn't mean he should play nickel back. Not only has Roby been a liability in pass coverage, but he's missed a team-high eight tackles this season.
Hate Sample: "If it weren't for Nickell Robey, Duke Williams would be the worst player in football." - @citizenmurphy
Culprit: LT Byron Bell
Hated for Week: 3, 8
Why he's hated: He moved from right to left tackle after Jordan Gross retired, and it hasn't exactly worked out. The offense is handicapped with bad line play, and Bell has been worst at the most important position. He's allowed an absurd 19 QB hurries this season, four QB hits and four sacks to go along with five penalties.
Hate sample: "Byron Bell should be offensive coordinator and Mike Shula should play left tackle. It can't be any worse than our current set up." - @the_ryman
Culprit: QB Jay Cutler
Hated for Week: 4, 5, 7
Why he's hated: He continues to underachieve in a good offensive scheme surrounded by legitimate talent, and by underachieve we mean throw games in the trash via turnovers. Chicago fans are running out of patience with the gunslinger, if they haven't already.
Hate sample: "I started feeling bad for Jay Cutler, then I remembered I hate Jay Cutler. #everyone" - @mfdaviddeery
Culprit: The injury bug
Hated for Week: 2
Why (it) is hated: A.J. Green, Cincy's best player, hasn't been healthy all season. Linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga have been banged up, too. Geno Atkins, apparently still recovering from a torn ACL last October, hasn't been himself.
Hate sample: "All baseball season I waited for football season due to Reds injuries. Now I'm waiting for basketball season because of Bengals injuries" - @seanrosssapp
Hated for Week: 1, 3, 5
Why (they) are hated: This includes Joe Haden, who may actually be playing the worst of the three underperforming Cleveland corners this season. Haden's been called for a team-high seven penalties, Justin Gilbert allows a 104.4 QB rating when throwing into his coverage and Buster Skrine has allowed a team-high five scores.
Hate sample: "Dude pathetic '@MustBeCharm: Ever since he got that money lol he's rated one of the worst CB [email protected]: Joe Haden sucks now" - @stevestupendous
Culprit: Team owner Jerry Jones
Hated for Week: Every single week
Why he's hated: Some things never change.
Hate sample: "I hate Jerry Jones so much that I think I'm starting to like him now? He's basically a villain in a comic book at this point. Fun to watch." - @dickstweets
Culprit: WR Demaryius Thomas
Hated for Week: 1, 8
Why he's hated: There isn't much else for Denver fans to complain about. Thomas has five frustrating dropped passes on the season. Peyton Manning will need his top receiver to be more reliable come playoff time.
Hate sample: "Did Braylon Edwards come out of retirement, abduct Demaryius Thomas and slipped on the Bronco's jersey? #Dropsies" - @YahooNoise
Hated for Week: 2, 3, 5, 6
Why (they) are hated: The Lions finally found their kicker in Matt Prater (kind of) after cutting Nate Freese and Alex Henery just five weeks into the season. Detroit kicking got comical at one point, after Week 6, when all three kickers were a combined 5-for-15 on the season.
Hate sample: "Lt. Dan would have a higher FG % than the Lions kickers combined this year #DKTV #DFS" - @Lebrowned
Culprit: CB Tramon Williams
Hated for Week: 7,8
Why he's hated: He's a liability in man coverage, and Williams has missed a team-high seven tackles this season on a defense that struggles to stop the run. He was exposed towards the end of a win against Carolina, and New Orleans noticed. Other teams will, too.
Hate sample: "Time to cut Tramon Williams. @HighRizer38 stopped defending passes years ago. Just too slow and he can't tackle." - @scottmolitor
Culprit: FS Danieal Manning
Hated for Week: 7
Why he's hated: Hate is directed towards Manning in two areas, pass coverage and special teams. The Texans' safeties, including Manning, have struggled all season. He's been bad as a kick returner, too, and his Week 7 mistakes cost Houston the game in Pittsburgh.
Hate sample: "Nah, might make him even slower RT @OhWowHmm: danieal manning have a snickers" - @OmarRiverall
Culprit: RB Trent Richardson
Hated for Week: 2, 6
Why he's hated: Richardson has 25 more rushing attempts than Ahmad Bradshaw but 13 less yards and only two touchdowns. This was supposed to be the year he proved worthy of a trade for a first-round pick.
Hate sample: "Don't know who has worse vision, Helen Keller or Trent Richardson." - @planettyler
Culprit: RB Toby Gerhart
Hated for Week: 4, 7
Why he's hated: Rookie QB Blake Bortles has 58 more rushing yards on 25 less attempts. That's pretty much all you need to know. Denard Robinson to the rescue.
Hate sample: "I really f—ing hate Toby Gerhart. I thought he would at least be kind of good. He's f—ing trash." - @tristanlogue
Culprit: LT Eric Fisher
Hated for Week: 8
Why he's hated: The 2013 No. 1 overall pick just isn't very good. He's allowed a team-high eight quarterback hits, 10 hurries and three sacks to go along with three penalties. Kansas City's weakness is offensive line, thanks to a draft bust.
Hate sample: "It's possible Eric Fisher may be the worst offensive lineman of all time." - @TopekaTalls
Culprit: CB Cortland Finnegan
Hated for Week: 7
Why he's hated: He's a trash talker who leads an otherwise disciplined defense in penalties. Finnegan has been pretty good in pass coverage this year — although he's yet to record an interception — but he's been bad against the run, missing a team-high eight tackles.
Hate sample: "I hate Cortland Finnegan with a passion. Such a scrappy little bastard" - @erndogg8
Culprit: LT Matt Kalil
Hated for Week: 2, 3, 6
Why he's hated: The former first rounder is literally one of if not the worst offensive tackle in the league this season, according to Pro Football Focus. No starting tackle has allowed more sacks (eight), and the Vikings' offense, the fourth-worst in the NFL based on yards per game, can't do anything with its bad line.
Hate sample: "Matt Kalil is as useful as a poopy flavored lollipop…#Dodgeballreference" - @1andonlybronco
Culprit: WR Julian Edelman
Hated for Week: 8
Why he's hated: Edelman leads the team in targets and receptions … and drops. Six Tom Brady passes have clanked off his hands this year for a near 12 percent drop rate. He's also put up just one touchdown in eight games. Brandon LaFell has three more scores and almost the same yardage despite 15 less catches.
Hate sample: "Riddle me this, Julian Edelman. How does the supposed #1 receiver of Tom Brady catch 1 pass in the best game that Brady has had this year? - @ThA_ReAlMcKay16
Culprit: CB Corey White
Hated for Week: 2, 7
Why he's hated: The Saints' cornerback play has been dreadful, and White is the bottom of the New Orleans DB barrel. He's allowed 421 yards and three scores while in coverage this season and has been called for more penalties than any other Saints defender.
Hate sample: "@Saints I hate you guys. Your drafting decisions suck. Let Stanley Baptiste start you idiots. Corey White isn't gonna do s— for us" - @mutextreme98
Culprit: TE Larry Donnell
Hated for Week: 3, 5, 6, 7
Why he's hated: Donnell has had a great breakout season and is the Giants' leading receiver, but his fumbles drive New York fans nuts. He's lost a team-high three on the year, two of which were a big reason the Giants lost to the Cowboys. He also gets a knock for being part of a line that struggles with run blocking.
Hate sample: "Larry Donnell has a bad case of the butterfingers" - @da_pea_chay
Culprit: General Manager John Idzik
Hated for Week: 5, 8
Why he's hated: It's easy to blame Geno Smith for the Jets' demise, but it makes more sense to blame the man who drafted him in the first place. This roster is outmatched in almost every game it plays, the coach is about to be fired and the future doesn't look much better.
Hate sample: "JOHN IDZIK I HATE YOU MORE THAN I HATE PEOPLE WHO HAVE PERSONALLY WRONGED ME" - @kingpom_f—you
Culprit: RB Maurice Jones-Drew
Hated for Week: 1, 7
Why he's hated: So much for that star-studded backfield with Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden. The former has been terrible throughout his first season in Oakland, averaging 2.3 yards per carry and a grand total of zero touchdowns.
Hate sample: "went to the game yesterday, holy s— maurice jones-drew bringing new meaning to the term 'washed'" - @medal3600
Culprit: CB Cary Williams
Hated for Week: 3, 8
Why he's hated: Williams has been pretty bad in coverage this season, as quarterbacks maintain a 108.0 rating when throwing towards him. Specifically, he was torched by ex-Eagle DeSean Jackson for an embarrassing 80-yard touchdown, and Cardinals receiver John Brown did him the same way on a game-winning 75-yard touchdown. He's also blamed coach Chip Kelly for fatigue issues.
Hate sample: "To b n #EAGLES fan it's a love/hate relationship but no other team I love no apologies #BleedGreen that being said I HATE YOU CAREY WILLIAMS" - @eaglefan12
Hated for Week: 4
Why (it) is hated: Pittsburgh is the most penalized team in the league this season, with 73 flags in eight games. Most of them come from the defensive secondary and the offensive line, two areas where the Steelers can improve.
Hate sample: "STEELERS. GET YALL S— TOGETHER AND KILL THE PENALTIES." - @cocolosog_lo
Culprit: Austin Davis/Quarterbacks
Hated for Week: 1, 6, 8
Why he's hated: Granted, Davis doesn't get much help from his offensive line, and injuries have crippled the Rams since before the season began. Davis has played well since taking over for Shaun Hill as starter with Sam Bradford out for another season, but the kid doesn't yet look like "the guy." The franchise will remain in limbo until the QB question gets answered.
Hate sample: "Please donate your gently used quarterbacks to the St. Louis Rams. For a good cause." - @MattSebek
Culprit: The injury bug
Hated for Week: 1, 2, 5
Why (it) is hated: The Chargers' 2014 injury report looks like the Constitution, and it includes key players. Ryan Mathews, Nick Hardwick, Brandon Flowers, Eddie Royal, Melvin Ingram, Keenan Allen, Manti Te'o, Jason Verrett, Doug Legursky, Donald Brown … just to name a few notables who have missed time.
Hate sample: "S— news about Jason Verrett, where would the Chargers be without all their injuries. Sickening" - @ben_e89
Culprit: TE Vernon Davis
Hated for Week: 6
Why he's hated: Any player who has more drops (four) than touchdowns (two) deserves some hate. The Pro Bowler needs to do a lot more to help a struggling passing game. Davis' poor first half of the season has earned him the worst Pro Football Focus overall offensive rating on the team.
Hate sample: "I hate you Vernon Davis….start getting open and stop dropping passes." - @theo_jones86
Hated for Week: 7, 8
Why (it) is hated: Drama is the last thing the struggling defending champions need, but it's what they've had all season. Percy Harvin was let go for his apparently chronic bad attitude, rumors indicate Marshawn Lynch is on his way out of town and there's a reported locker-room divide surrounding Russell Wilson. Wins will help when and if they come.
Hate sample: "Guessing the Seahawks chemistry all f—ed up thanks to that Harvin trade along w/the Lynch drama smfh" - @tristanlavish
Culprit: RB Doug Martin
Hated for Week: 4, 6
Why he's hated: Bobby Rainey has four more rushing attempts on the season … and 121 more yards. The Bucs are a very bad football team — maybe the worst — but at least a little help from its supposed best player would be nice. Tampa tried to trade Martin before the deadline but failed, and now it's stuck with muscle hamster.
Hate sample: "I seriously hate Doug Martin w everything cell in my body." - @jakeulmer25
Culprit: CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson
Hated for Week: 3, 4, 7
Why he's hated: His Week 3 missed tackle on Andy Dalton remains the most embarrassing play of the NFL season. Other than being terrible in coverage (he's allowed four touchdowns), Wreh-Wilson leads the team in missed tackles and penalties with eight of each.
Hate sample: "Blidih Wreh Wilson has to have a mental illness" - @shawtygot_LOWE
Culprit: QB Kirk Cousins
Hated for Week: 4, 6, 7
Why he's hated: His inconstancy is infuriating for Washington fans. Filling in for injured RG3 and before he was benched in favor of Colt McCoy, Cousins would throw some impressive passes, and then toss inexplicable interceptions. The nine interceptions, some at the worst time possible, heavily outweigh the 10 touchdowns.
Hate sample: "If the Redskins traded Kirk Cousins to McDonald's for a Big Mac they wouldn't even put the special sauce on that m—f—. #bum" - @bz323