12/20/2012 09:11 am ET

The NFL Revenge Factor, Revisited

We want to believe that rivalries exist in the NFL, that the players and coaches of our favorite teams share the same disdain for certain opponents that we do. It would give us something in common with the people we’ve spent so much time watching. A mutual hatred rooted in divisional proximity.

So what happens when a team like the Jets comes up short against the Patriots or the Eagles fall at Dallas? Does this defeat set off a chain reaction of events that alters the team’s preparation the next time they encounter this much-hated foe? In essence, does revenge play a factor in the NFL?

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