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Jan 31, 2018; Bloomington, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson during a press conference in advance of Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots at Mall of America. (Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

Philadelphia offensive lineman Lane Johnson has wasted no time reigniting the rivalry between the Eagles and Patriots.

But rather than trashing a TB12 Center in true Philly fashion, Johnson went to Twitter to talk about the upcoming Week 11 showdown between the Eagles and Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field.

Ah, everybody sees what you did there, you truly exhausting human being.

In case you’ve somehow (and fortunately) avoided Johnson over the last couple of years, this is a man who is obsessed with the idea that the Patriots do not have fun. He first called the Patriots a ‘fear-based’ organization, and later accused the Patriots’ Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick of ‘talking [expletive]’ leading up to their Super Bowl LII head-to-head. He also discussed the Patriots’ operations, and suggested that their guidelines are not the only way to do things in the NFL. He’s a weird person.

This is also isn’t the first time that Johnson has tried to rile up New England. Johnson challenged Patriots fans to ‘raise hell’ ahead of his team’s preseason visit to Gillette Stadium in 2018, but really didn’t have an interest in talking about the ‘fun’ of the preseason after he and the rest of the Eagle starters got straight-up pantsed in an otherwise meaningless game.

“There wasn’t really a fun meter out there,” Johnson, who apparently left his fun meter back in Philadelphia, said following their preseason meeting last year. “But I guess they had more fun because they won.”

The Patriots would go on to have the last laugh, too, as Duron Harmon and Kyle Van Noy both gave special shoutouts to Johnson on social media during their Super Bowl LII parade this past February.

Both the Eagles and Patriots will head into this Sunday showdown with plenty of rest to their name, as both teams will enjoy a Week 10 bye before taking to the field for their first meaningful head-to-head since their Super Bowl showdown in 2018.

Should be fun.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.