Like any other sport, the NFL has a rich history of demonstrative rivalries. From classics like the Bears and Packers to the more recent Seahawks and 49ers, the NFL has had its fair share of great rivalries. Each year fans’ of the teams involved in the rivalries were almost always guaranteed for an entertaining game, whether that was because of a tight close game or interactions between opposing players.
Today the NFL still has an abundance of rivalries. Below are the five biggest rivalries in today’s NFL.
Who said that rivalries had to strictly between teams?
Norman vs. Beckham JR. developed two seasons ago when Norman was a member of the Carolina Panthers. The now infamous week 15 matchup between the Panthers and Giants featured a number of “in your face” confrontations between Beckham and Norman.
Throughout the game Norman and Beckham went back and forth, exchanging words, shoves, pushes, and penalties. The game was highlighted by many news outlets outside the sports world. The game led to the NFL implementing a new rule, in which a player is automatically ejected if they receive two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the one game.
The rivalry became even more heated when Norman left the Panthers for the Redskins, a team in the Giants division. We get two match ups between Beckham and Norman per season which will only add to the already heated rivalry.
4. New Patriots vs. New York Jets
The Patriots vs. Jets has been much more one sided over the last decade, but that doesn’t take away from how intense this rivalry is. Since Bill Belichick infamously resigned from the Jets’ head coaching position a day after taking the job to take the same position for the New England Patriots, this rivalry has been at the forefront.
Despite the Patriots seemingly winning almost every game between the two teams, there has been a number of notable games. A few notable include “The Mo Lewis Game”, “The Melt down in Foxboro”, and “Spy Gate is exposed”.
- Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks
This is one of the more underrated rivalries in all of the NFL. Since Russell Wilson became the starting quarterback of the Seahawks in 2012, both the Packers and Seahawks have been two of the best teams in the NFL. The two teams have also been involved in a few of the most memorable games in NFL history, including “The Fail Mary”, which led to the return of the regular NFL referees, and “The NFC Championship Meltdown”, a game in which the Packers blew a 19-7 lead. In that game ESPN stats and info said the Packers had a 99 percent probability of winning the game.
- New England Patriots’ Fans vs. Roger Goodell
Many NFL fans have a strong distaste for Roger Goodell, but I’m not sure any fan base has a stronger distaste for the current commissioner than those of the New England Patriots. Not only do Pats’ fans feel like Goodell looks for anything to water down the many accomplishments of the New England Patriots, but they also feel that Goodell is egged on by the other 31 owners to do this. Pats’ fans feel that Goodell is weak minded and disrespects the entire franchise.
What makes this rivalry even more enticing is the fact that the Patriots have had so much success that Goodell has constantly had to hand a number of trophies over to the Patriots in front of the entire fan base.
- Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Steelers vs. Bengals rivalry is currently the biggest rivalry in the NFL. Each time these two teams play the hype surrounding the rivalry is lived up to.
The week leading up to the game is filled with pre-game chatter, involving trash talking, guarantees, and threats. During the games a number of penalties are called, hard hits are recorded, and words are exchanged.