“I’ve loved-hated the Patriots for a long time,” Beckham said. “I respect everything that they’ve done and everything they do year in and year out as far as being one of the top teams in the league. They get the job done, they win championships. But on the other end, they’ve beaten all the teams that I like.”
The Patriots have won four of the eight Super Bowls they have played in, including last year’s Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks. With their 8–0 record this season, they are poised to make another run at a championship.
“You hate them because nobody was really beating them and you love them because no matter what they go through, even what they’ve gone through this year [with Deflategate] to see how they’ve come out, they play football,” Beckham said. “There's something about it I admire. But it’s still one of my least-favorite favorite teams of all time.”
The Giants (5–4) will play the Patriots at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in Beckham’s first contest against New England.
“There’s no better way I could have ever pictured this,” Beckham said. “Going into the league you get to do all of these things, and this is one of those ones that is at the top of the list. Playing against the Patriots and Belichick and [Tom] Brady and everything they have over there. It’s definitely exciting.”
- Erin Flynn