I know this has been talked about over and over, but its tough subject to avoid right now. But why is this such a big deal? Lets delve in... First ask yourself, do you think if any other team was caught for the same thing this would have been a big deal? Maybe if it was the colts or the chargers or another major contender. Possibly. Do you think if the Raiders were caught trying to catch signals it would be such a media explosion? Of course not. Kraft was 100% accurate when he said that everyone wants to knock you down when you're successful. The Patriots have caused a lot of anguish throughout the league with their success. Fans/Media/Players will make something of anything to try and ease the pain. The 21 game win streak... the 3 Super Bowls... the constant hammering on ESPN and NFL Network about how great the Patriots are. This is enough for every team to justify the hatred on its own. But as we know.. some teams have very specific reasons to hate the Pats... and mostly sour grapes. Everyone at one point were so desperate to throw dirt on the Patriots...when it was announced Tom Brady got a woman pregnant out of wedlock they immediately tried to tongue twist it into a football issue. Then bringing Randy Moss into NE was turned into an image issue. Again.. anything to ease the pain. Success will always breed contempt. Help me fill in this team by team specific list. I put a ? Mark near items I felt were iffy. * 1 AFC East - All compete directly with Patriots o 1.1 Buffalo Bills o 1.2 Miami Dolphins Wes Welker? o 1.3 **New England Patriots** o 1.4 New York Jets Mangini/Belichick, knocked Jets out of playoffs in 06, perhaps some responsibility for Patriots dynasty(Mo Lewis)? * 2 AFC North o 2.1 Baltimore Ravens - Sore from losing Adalius Thomas? o 2.2 Cincinnati Bengals - Corey Dillon's success in New England o 2.3 Cleveland Browns o 2.4 Pittsburgh Steelers - Super Bowl hotel reservations canceled due to Patriots(2001) * 3 AFC South o 3.1 Houston Texans o 3.2 Indianapolis Colts - Eliminated from playoffs despite having league MVP, 2003,2004 o 3.3 Jacksonville Jaguars o 3.4 Tennessee Titans - Eliminated from playoffs despite having league MVP * 4 AFC West o 4.1 Denver Broncos - Have had the upper hand head to head vs Patriots honestly o 4.2 Kansas City Chiefs o 4.3 Oakland Raiders - 2001 Tuck Rule o 4.4 San Diego Chargers - Eliminated from playoffs 2006 * 5 NFC East o 5.1 Dallas Cowboys - Former Dynasty o 5.2 New York Giants o 5.3 Philadelphia Eagles - Superbowl o 5.4 Washington Redskins * 6 NFC North o 6.1 Chicago Bears o 6.2 Detroit Lions o 6.3 Green Bay Packers - Favre badly wanted Randy Moss o 6.4 Minnesota Vikings - Perhaps Moss blooming success with Patriots sore spot? * 7 NFC South o 7.1 Atlanta Falcons o 7.2 Carolina Panthers - Super bowl o 7.3 New Orleans Saints o 7.4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers * 8 NFC West o 8.1 Arizona Cardinals o 8.2 St. Louis Rams - Super bowl o 8.3 San Francisco 49ers - Former Dynasty o 8.4 Seattle Seahawks - Deion Branch for 1st round pick?