Hate directed toward lowly bottom feeders after Week 8

After each week of the 2014 NFL season, we'll point out the player (sometimes others) who your team's fan base is — or should be — bashing for his performance in the game. 

Week 8 validated the demise of the league's bottom feeders, teams like the Rams, Jaguars, Falcons and Jets. But even hopefuls such as the Colts, Ravens, Packers and Cowboys are kicking themselves after an off week. Fans as always are unhappy with performances from specific players. Here's why those guys are hated this week.

Arizona Cardinals

Culprit: CB Jerraud Powers

Why he's hated: Patrick Peterson isn't off the hook here, because Jeremy Maclin torched both Cardinals corners all day and scored a touchdown on each. But it was Powers' coverage that gave Arizona fans a scare on Philly's last-gasp drive in the final minute. He allowed a couple catches, the second of which gave Nick Foles a good chance to find the end zone on the next/final play — fortunately for Powers, he didn't.

Hate sample: "Powers is just simply out matched against Maclin. Then again, he has been outmatched against most guys this season. Stats overrate him." - @RichieBradz36

Atlanta Falcons

Cuprit: Coach Mike Smith

Why he's hated: When a team collapses the way Atlanta did against Detroit in London and when fingers can be pointed in infinite directions, the blame goes to the top. Several players messed up, but the Falcons didn't help themselves with play calling (14 passes, 10 runs while protecting a second-half lead). Now the rumor mill has Smith on the hot seat, fair or not.

Hate sample: "@FalconsJAdams please tell Mr Blank to not let Mike Smith to not do anymore press I'm sick of the excuses n I f—in hate his voice" - @cottinmoufin

Baltimore Ravens

Culprit: QB Joe Flacco

Why he's hated: Flacco's two interceptions to open the third quarter not only were just really bad picks, but they ended up being the difference in a tight game. He finished with a 50 percent completion percentage, no scores, a 23.6 QBR and a crippling division loss to Cincinnati.

Hate sample: "This week's version of Joe Flacco firing a pass right at a defender's chest surpasses taking the SAT as the most puzzling moment of my life." - @MrRogers99

Buffalo Bills

Culprit: WR Sammy Watkins

Why he's hated: We know. The rookie sensation isn't hated at all after gaining 157 yards on three (yep, three) catches. It's just the embarrassing second-quarter derp that has Buffalo fans complaining. Watkins started celebrating what would have been a 90-yard touchdown a little too early, and he was tripped up at the 10. A second touchdown would have made his box score that much more ridiculous.

Hate Sample: "Sammy Watkins did some goofy s— yesterday but he still super tuff. He still tweaked dat game & they still won so he good …" - @YungWiseOne

Carolina Panthers

Culprit: LT Byron Bell

Why he's hated: Another week, more bad offensive line play in Carolina. Bell was the worst Sunday, and the Panthers had no chance on their final drive against the Seahawks' pass rush. Safety Tre Boston gets a (dis)honorable mention on the other side of the ball for allowing the game-winning touchdown with less than a minute to play.

Hate sample: "Byron Bell is utter trash as a player and I could care less about how good of a person he is because he doesn't belong in the NFL" - @CharlieMcGee81

Chicago Bears

Culprit: DE Lamarr Houston

Why he's hated: Houston finally got his first sack as a Bear in game No. 8 … just in time for the defensive end to tear his ACL while celebrating. He was pretty bad in the 55 snaps before the injury, anyway, and has been outplayed by Willie Young all season.

Hate sample: "Mighty impressive that in only 8 weeks of his 1st season Lamarr Houston is now my most hated Bear of all time #eatdirt you piss of s—." - @thedunc27

Cincinnati Bengals

Culprit: QB Andy Dalton

Why he's hated: He almost gave the Ravens the game with back-to-back, fourth-quarter turnovers — a bad fumble and an interception — that gave Baltimore the lead. Aided by the running game, Dalton let himself off the hook with a bomb to Mohamed Sanu and a QB sneak for a touchdown on his next drive to get Cincinnati the win.

Hate sample: "I'm turing in my Bengals fan card. I hate Andy Dalton soooo much, I found myself rooting for the Ravens late in that game." - @mikeharris41

Cleveland Browns

Culprit: Running backs

Why (they) are hated: To say Ben Tate and Terrance West couldn't do anything against the Raiders would be generous. They were bad — 1.7 and 1.6 yards per carry respectively. Cleveland's inability to run the ball constantly put Brian Hoyer in third-and-long situations, and the Browns only converted two of 12. They're lucky the Raiders are dreadful.

Hate sample: "WHY DO WE SWITCH RUNNING BACKS EVERY SERIES?? ITS FOOLING NOBODY!! @Browns" - @moesher_paul

Dallas Cowboys

Culprit: Team owner Jerry Jones

Why he's hated: His owner-to-cheerleader move from the box down to the sideline after Tony Romo went down with an injury wasn't exactly comforting for the Dallas faithful. Jones also played the role of coach Jason Garrett's informant on Romo's condition and playing status. He's not a doctor, but Jones did stay at a Holiday Inn Express the night before.

Hate sample: "Jerry Jones is a dumb piece of s—!! Why didn't he keep Brandon Weeden in? He was doing good. I can't stand jerry jones dumbass" - @JaylanSemaj

Denver Broncos

Culprit: WR Demaryius Thomas

Why he's hated: He put up a bunch of yards — good for him. He was targeted a team-high 12 times against a banged up secondary. Thomas also dropped two easy catches, his fourth and fifth drops of the season. Peyton Manning isn't down with drops, and Denver fans aren't, either.

Hate sample: "Demaryius Thomas really likes to drop passes.. It hurts me" - @JoeMcQuiston_

Detroit Lions 

Culprit: LT Riley Reiff

Why he's hated: His holding penalty that killed Detroit's first drive was a sign of things to come. Reiff literally played the worst game of his career, according to Pro Football Focus, and was responsible for a team-high five QB hurries. Osi Umenyiora had a field day when matched up against Reiff, and the defensive end played his best in two years since arriving in Atlanta.

Hate sample: "Good to see Riley Reiff with cement feet. Kid is absolute crap." - @mtaz23

Green Bay Packers

Culprit: CB Tramon Williams

Why he's hated: He gave up both third-quarter touchdowns, one to Brandin Cooks and the other to Jimmy Graham, that won the game for the Saints on Sunday night after a couple key turnovers. 

Hate sample: "Time to cut Tramon Williams. @HighRizer38 stopped defending passes years ago. Just too slow and he can't tackle." - @scottmolitor

Houston Texans

Culprit: CB Jumal Rolle

Why he's hated: Because a final score of 30-16 isn't nearly as pretty as 30-9 for the Texans. Rolle, who was on the field for just six plays, was beat by Justin Hunter for a touchdown with less than a minute to go — the only time he was thrown at.

Hate sample: "Jumal Rolle with the lack of coverage there. #Texans" - @PatDStat

Indianapolis Colts

Culprit: The entire secondary

Why (it) is hated: This game apparently ended when Vontae Davis went down with a knee injury after 11 snaps. Big Ben lit up Indy's defense for six scores and over 500 yards passing. Greg Toler allowed two scores to Antonio Brown, Josh Gordy gave up two more to Martavis Bryant and Darius Butler allowed a catch each time he was thrown at, including a touchdown to Markus Wheaton.

Hate sample: "Colts defense looking like old ladies and s—." - @DirtyDLV90

Jacksonville Jaguars

Culprit: QB Blake Bortles

Why he's hated: The rookie is taking his learning lumps with a questionable supporting cast, yes, but he still must play better to prove he's the future of Jacksonville's franchise. He barely completed 50 percent of his passes, was responsible for all three Jaguars turnovers, took four sacks and posted a terrible 2.8 QBR against the Dolphins. The bad news: Bortles is on pace to break the rookie interceptions record. The good news: Peyton Manning holds that record.

Hate sample: "Maybe Blake Bortles thinks hes playing dodge ball. Still can't allow the opposing team to catch it though so thats not it. Ill figure it out" - @ChapsMcNealy

Kansas City Chiefs

Culprit: LT Eric Fisher

Why he's hated: Robert Quinn gave the 2013 No. 1 overall pick all he could handle … and more. Fisher gave up a team-high three QB hurries, one QB hit and one sack while accounting for half of Kansas City's offensive penalties. *coughbustcough*

Hate sample: "It's possible Eric Fisher may be the worst offensive lineman of all time." - @TopekaTalls

Miami Dolphins

Culprit: CB Jamar Taylor

Why he's hated: The Dolphins were about to hold the Jaguars to no touchdowns, and Taylor ruined it when he blew his coverage on Allen Robinson to allow a 48-yard score just before the two-minute warning.

Hate sample: "Jamar Taylor. Wasted draft pick #717194950683727 for the Dolphins" - @sbaglini55

Minnesota Vikings

Culprit: RB Matt Asiata

Why he's hated: He's just not a good player. Asiata was able to manage one yard on four carries against the Bucs, including one big, five-yard explosion.

Hate sample: "I hope Matt Asiata gets jumped in the parking lot" - @sinatrafan28 

New England Patriots

Culprit: WR Julian Edelman

Why he's hated: His two drops are the only thing (outside of 12 missed tackles) New England fans can complain about after annihilating Chicago.

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

New Orleans Saints

Culprit: FB Erik Lorig

Why he's hated: The Saints almost finished turnover-less against the Packers. Lorig ruined that in the game's final minutes when he fumbled on his second career NFL carry. Big No. 41 likely won't see more of those.

Hate sample: "Lorig thinks this is Tampa with that damn fumble" - @Dontral1

New York Jets

Culprit: General manager John Idzik

Why he's hated: Sunday's embarrassing loss to the Bills was just the latest showing of the dumpster fire that is the Jets organization. It resulted in a quarterback change Monday, as Idzik's guy in Geno Smith continues to fail. At least they now have Percy Har…..*bursts out laughing*

Hate sample: "This press conference makes me hate Idzik even more, I didn't even think that was possible. #jets #FireIdzik" - @CJBigs24

Oakland Raiders

Culprit: QB Derek Carr

Why he's hated: Carr had a rough game in Cleveland, but we'll focus on one embarrassing play: The Butt Fumble, Part Two. It wasn't as bad as Mark Sanchez's, but the rookie ran into the back of his lineman and fumbled (Browns recovered) on his own 10 yard line with just over three minutes to play. The Raiders, down 10, technically still had a chance at a comeback before the mistake, but a Browns touchdown two plays later ended it.

Hate sample: "Derek Carr of the @RAIDERS in Butt Fumble 2.. As is the norm, the sequel isn't as good nor will it be discussed as much as the original.." - @757hank

Philadelphia Eagles

Culprit: CB Cary Williams and FS Nate Allen

Why (they) are hated: They didn't realize how fast John Brown is, but now they do. Arizona's rookie receiver absolutely flew through the defensive backs' zone coverage and caught a game-winning, 75-yard bomb with less than two minutes remaining.

Hate sample: "You have to be kidding me Nate Allen you piece of s—. Unbelievable work #eagles. Unbelievable." - @MyMorningZachet

Pittsburgh Steelers

Culprit: Fashion

Why (it) is hated: Simply put: Those uniforms need to be stuffed into a giant container full of explosives and get blown to obliteration.

Hate sample: "Those Steelers uniforms would make a great Halloween costume for anyone still looking for ideas. They're kinda like bumblebees on steroids." - @EmilyNiblock

St. Louis Rams

Culprit: QB Austin Davis

Why he's hated: Injuries to his top receiver and top lineman hurt, but Davis was terrible Sunday in Kansas City. After a score on the game's first series, the Rams didn't see a drive last longer than six plays until late in the fourth quarter. Davis took an absurd seven sacks (some in key moments), completed just 15 of 25 pass attempts, managed a 3-for-11 third-down efficiency and finished with a 9.5 QBR.

Hate sample: "So when Favre said that Austin Davis could be the next Brady I guess he meant Quinn and not Tom. #Rams" - @stevenspaid

San Diego Chargers

Culprit: CB Shareece Wright

Why he's hated: Peyton Manning picked on poor Wright all night, and the corner didn't exactly give the QB a reason not to. The Broncos threw into Wright's coverage a ridiculous 13 times Thursday. The results: Eight catches, 107 yards (57 YAC) and a score. The touchdown he allowed to Emmanuel Sanders was a momentum-shifting killer early in the third quarter after a Philip Rivers interception.

Hate sample: "Shareece Wright is ass cheeks" - @Kingerr_12

Seattle Seahawks

Culprit: RB Marshawn Lynch

Why he's hated: Seattle had a good chance to steal halftime momentum in a defensive struggle with what looked like an easy touchdown. Russell Wilson's pass instead clanked off Lynch's hands and into a Carolina defender's, and the Panthers stayed alive. It doesn't help that the running back is the center of apparent controversy among the Seahawks, either.

Hate sample: "Y'all keep acting fake surprised that Marshawn Lynch is so stupid. He stole 20 bucks out a cop wife's purse at TGIFridays for gods sake" - @samiamadison

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Culprit: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Why he's hated: This one's pretty easy. On the first play from scrimmage in overtime, fellow rookie Anthony Barr stripped the tight end and took it to the house for the game-winning touchdown.

Hate sample: "The Bucs love to tease you with happiness and then snatch that s— away." -shoeman727

Tennessee Titans

Culprit: RT Michael Oher

Why he's hated: He doesn't block the quarterback's blind side for a reason. Rookie QB Zach Mettenberger needed a little more help from his offensive line in his first start, and the veteran right tackle failed to deliver, albeit against a tough defense (J.J. Watt). Oher allowed a team-high four QB hurries and was responsible for the fourth sack of his disappointing first season in Tennessee.

Hate sample: "Michael Oher obviously didn't remember to protect the family on that play #BlindsideQuotes" - @codfjenn

Washington Redskins

Culprit: OLB Ryan Kerrigan

Why he's hated: He could have, should have and likely would have won the game with an easy fumble recovery on the Cowboys' last-gasp drive in the fourth quarter. He somehow failed to gain control of the ball on the ground, and Dallas recovered to force overtime. Colt McCoy and company let Kerrigan off the hook. (Bashaud Breeland gets a (dis)honorable mention for dropping a pick on the next play.)

Hate sample: "how do you lose it kerrigan. what an idiot" - @Davenchiii