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A new report from The Action Network reveals which NFL fans were moodiest during the 2021-22 season by scanning Twitter and Reddit posts made after every game last season.

Las Vegas Raiders fans were moodiest after a loss whilst Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans were moodiest after a win.


Win, lose or draw, how your favorite NFL team performs on-field is likely to have an impact on your mood.

But are some fan bases more bothered by certain results than others?


By scanning Twitter and Reddit posts after every NFL game last season, Action Network reveals which fan bases were the moodiest after both victory and defeat.

In order to do this, negative online sentiment data (words, phrases, hashtags, and emojis, which are known to be negative terms online) for every team was collected after each game played last season. Averages were then calculated to rank the franchises. So which fan bases were the moodiest?


Raiders Fans Are Named the Moodiest After a Loss

The table below ranks the top 5 moodiest fan bases after losing an NFL game:

RankTeamGames LostAverage Percentage of Negative

Online Posts After Loss*

1Las Vegas Raiders826.8%
2Tampa Bay Buccaneers522.8%
3Washington Commanders1021.2%
4Chicago Bears1120.8%
5Seattle Seahawks1019.4%

*Based on an average score after each loss during the season


Unsurprisingly, when their team loses, NFL fans are ready to voice their negative opinions online. But which losses from the top 5 teams received the most hate online?

Las Vegas Raiders // 26.8%

Photo: Action Network

Their 20-9 loss on the 10th of October to the Chicago Bears attracted the most hate online (30.2%).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers // 22.8%

Surprisingly, it was actually a close win that got fans venting most online, with their 28-24 win on the 2nd of January over the New York Jets welcoming the most negativity (32.4%).

Washington Commanders // 21.2% 

Their 27-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on the 12th of December got fans worked up most, with 34.4% of online posts after the game is negative.

Chicago Bears // 20.8%

The game which riled up Bears fans up most was their close 29-27 defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers on the 9th of November – 35.5% of all online posts after the game were negative.

Seattle Seahawks // 19.4%

The Seahawks’ 20-10 defeat to the Los Angeles Rams in December got fans’ blood boiling more than any other, with 28.1% of online posts being negative.


Bucs Fans Are Named the Moodiest After a Win

The table below ranks the top 5 moodiest fan bases after winning an NFL game:

RankTeamGames WonAverage Percentage of Negative

Online Posts After Win*

1Tampa Bay Buccaneers1415.0%
2Las Vegas Raiders1014.7%
3Washington Commanders713.1%
4Pittsburgh Steelers912.32%
5Chicago Bears612.26%

*Based on an average score based on each win during the season


Even after a victory, some NFL fanbases can still be negative about the team’s performance. But which wins from the top 5 teams received the most hate online?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers // 15.0%

The Bucs’ 28-24 win over the New York Jets on the 2nd of January resulted in a lot of online discussions, with 32.4% of all posts being negative. Perhaps winning the game in the 4th quarter was too stressful for Bucs fans.

Las Vegas Raiders // 14.7%

The win which received the most negativity online was against the Dallas Cowboys on the 25th of November. With the score finishing 36-33 in favor of the Raiders, 18.6% of all comments made online were deemed negative.

Washington Commanders // 13.1%

Despite a 17-15 win against the Las Vegas Raiders on the 5th of December, Commanders fans were still not fully happy. Of all online posts made, 17.9% were negative – the most after any win during their 2021 season.

Pittsburgh Steelers // 12.32%

Steelers’ close 29-27 win over the Chicago Bears on the 9th of November had fans voicing their opinions online, with 18.4% of posts made online being negative.

Chicago Bears // 12.26%

On the 25th of November, the Bears beat the Detroit Lions 16-14, resulting in negative posts making up 15.1% of all activity – the highest figure after any win for the Bears.


Methodology

To collect the data, Twitter and Reddit posts were scraped over the course of the full 2021-2022 NFL season. Through the utilization of the social listening tool Linkfluence, sentiment data for each team was collected after each game played (the day of the game and the following two days).

Whether posts are deemed to have a positive or negative sentiment depends on words, phrases, hashtags, and emojis, which are known to be positive/negative terms online.


This sentiment data was collected, and averages were calculated to reveal which NFL teams received the highest percentage of negative online posts after each win and each loss.
These were then ranked. Data was collected on 18th July 2022.

Featured Image: Action Network
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