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Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't like the New England Patriots

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Beckham excited for challenge of facing unbeaten New England.

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In at least one way, New York Giants' star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is just like almost every Giants' fan -- he doesn't like the New England Patriots.

"On one end, you respect everything they've done and what they do year in and year out as far as being one of the top teams in the league and they get the job done and they win championships, the way they conduct themselves. But on the other end, they've beaten all the teams I like," Beckham said on Thursday. "I remember seeing Vinatieri kick a million field goals, I forgot who the kicker was back then, it was Vinatieri, it was all kinds of guys. Brady beating the Rams, everybody, it's just been one of those teams like you hate them because nobody was really beating them. And you love them because they're always, no matter what they go through, even after what they've gone through this year, to see how they've come out and they play football, it's something about it I admire. But like I said, it's still one of my least favorite-favorite teams of all time."

Patriots' coach Bill Belichick was complementary toward Beckham this week, saying "the thing that's impressed me the most about him is his toughness. He's not a big guy, but he competes well, he goes inside, goes after the ball, takes a hit, hangs on to it."

Beckham appreciated the praise, even if he doesn't like the Patriots.

"It's a complement for sure," Beckham said. "A guy who, a Hall of Fame coach, he's a great coach. So that is a big complement from him."

Beckham, of course, was not involved in the two Super Bowl games between the Giants and Patriots. He does, however, understand the history between the two teams.

"There's no better way I could ever really picture this," Beckham said. "Going into the league, you get to do all these things and this is one of those ones that's at the top of the list is playing against the Patriots and Belichick and Brady and everything that they have there. It's definitely exciting."