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Bengals Fan Rate Your Hate, Part 7: NFC West

Our trek through the NFC continues as we evaluate our hatred for the NFC West.

Cincinnati Bengals v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

For the past week we’ve been calling on all Bengals fans to vote for their most hated teams in every division in an effort to ultimately find the most hated franchise in the league. The end is near as we approach the NFC West, full of flamboyant characters, ex-Bengals cornerstones, and a team who has plagued Cincinnati in the Super Bowl. This might be the most interesting NFC vote, because while we might not play these teams very often, there are plenty of storylines here. And with those storylines, there are plenty of reasons to hold a grudge against one or more of these franchises.

Seattle Seahawks

If there’s one word I would use to describe the Seahawks it would be confident. Some people would replace that with arrogant and I totally see why. Between Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett, the Seahawks have one of the most outspoken defenses in the NFL. Add in a contemporary player’s coach like Pete Carroll and you have a team full of attitude and talent. Seattle is no slouch, a consistent competitor since Carroll and Russell Wilson joined forces in 2011, and have a Lombardi Trophy to show for their efforts. Against the Bengals, their success hasn’t been quite as impressive. The Bengals lead the series 11-9 including winning three of the last four meetings. One of the meetings, the most recent in 2015, was the classic 27-24 overtime comeback that solidified the Bengals spectacular season.

Arizona Cardinals

Ex-Bengals franchise quarterback Carson Palmer has been a good fit in Bruce Arians’ offense in Arizona. The vertical passing attack is not all that different from what he was accustomed to in Bob Bratkowski’s Cincinnati offense in the 2000s (granted with much more shotgun today). Palmer finally got the playoff monkey off his back, despite him playing one of the worst games of his life against Green Bay in 2015. The Bengals lead their all time series with Arizona 6-5, but the Cardinals have won three of the past four games. More interestingly, the Bengals have never beaten Arizona while on the road. Is any ill will left from Palmer quitting on the Bengals after the 2009 season enough to select them as the most hated team in the NFC West?

Los Angeles Rams

Historically, the Bengals have never had much trouble with the Rams when the two teams have met. The Bengals are 8-5 all time against the Rams, and 5-2 against the Los Angeles Rams. There really aren’t many interesting Bengals/Rams moments in the NFL history books. I may be wrong, but aside from some former Bengals reserve or practice squad players finding decent playing time on the Rams’ roster, there’s really nothing of note here. The last time the Bengals played the Rams was during the 2015 season and the Bengals came away with a decisive 31-7 victory.

San Francisco 49ers

During the 80s I think you would be hard pressed to find any team more hated by Bengals fans than the 49ers. On two separate occasions the Niners were able to pull on the heartstrings of the city of Cincinnati and swipe away Lombardi Trophies that were nearly in the Bengals’ grasp. Joe Montana led San Francisco to victory in both games, giving the city of San Francisco their first and third Super Bowl wins. Head-to-head, the Bengals efforts have largely proven futile against the 49ers. San Francisco leads the all time series 11-4 (including playoffs). More so, there was a nine game stretch from 1978 to 1996 where the Bengals were unable to grab a single victory against the team.

Poll

Which NFC West team do you hate the most?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    Seattle Seahawks
    (106 votes)
  • 7%
    Arizona Cardinals
    (32 votes)
  • 1%
    Los Angeles Rams
    (8 votes)
  • 65%
    San Francisco 49ers
    (280 votes)
426 votes total Vote Now

Rate Your Hate Series:

Part 1: AFC East

Part 2: AFC South

Part 3: AFC North

Part 4: AFC West

Part 5: NFC North

Part 6: NFC South