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Bias aside, Rob Ninkovich explains why his money is on the Patriots to beat the Chiefs

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Bias aside, Rob Ninkovich explains why his money is on the Patriots to beat the Chiefs

Phil Perry and Rob Ninkovich break down the Patriots win over the Chargers, and preview the Patriots-Chiefs AFC Championship game. 

(1:00) Rob Ninkovich explains why he was so confident the Patriots would have no problem with the Chargers

(3:00) Ninkovich explains why he is not being a homer when he says he would put his money on the Patriots against the Chiefs

(7:00) Rob Ninkovich breaks down what the Patriots defense did that was so successful against the Chargers

(9:30) Do the Patriots need to change the scheme they used defensively against the Chargers when facing the Chiefs?

(12:00) Why were the Chargers so bad on Sunday? Who is to blame?

(19:30) How will the weather in Kansas City impact practices and the game on Sunday?

(20:30) Rob Ninkovich gives a player perspective on what it is like to play in the cold

(23:30) Do the Patriots have to play from ahead to beat the Chiefs? Should they take the ball first if they win the toss?

(26:00) How much have the Patriots-Chiefs changed since playing in Week 6?

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Tom Brady praises Colin Kaepernick, calls upcoming workout 'pretty cool'

Tom Brady praises Colin Kaepernick, calls upcoming workout 'pretty cool'

The New England Patriots are one of 11 teams that will have a representative at Colin Kaepernick's workout Saturday.

Their starting quarterback is a fan of Kaepernick, who last played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. In an interview Thursday night on Westwood One, host Jim Gray asked Brady if he thought a quarterback like Kaepernick could successfully return to the league after a three-year absence.

"I think being a pro quarterback is very challenging in and of itself," Brady told Gray. "To have time off is a challenge, but Colin's overcome a lot of challenges in his career, and he's always found a way to produce.

"He's very mentally tough, and I think it's pretty cool that he's getting that opportunity."

Brady has been supportive of Kaepernick in the past, admitting in 2017 he's always "admired" the ex-Niners QB after San Francisco beat the Patriots in Foxboro in 2012 and expressing his hope that another team sign Kaepernick.

That didn't happen, of course: Kaepernick went unclaimed in 2017 free agency after protesting racial inequality and social injustice in America by sitting and/or kneeling during the national anthem.

The Patriots have been loosely speculated as a team that could sign the 32-year-old as Brady's backup. At the very least, it appears the 42-year-old respects Kaepernick -- wherever he ends up.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Reuben Frank on how SB52 changed expectations in Philly; Patriots edge over Eagles

Patriots Talk Podcast: Reuben Frank on how SB52 changed expectations in Philly; Patriots edge over Eagles

More Patriots-Eagles matchup talk ahead of the Super Bowl 52 rematch Sunday in Philly, plus NBC Sports Philly's Reuben Frank joins Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry to talk about lasting impact the Eagles' Super victory had on the franchise.

2:30 - Phil Perry and Tom Curran break down the Eagles offensive advantages over the Patriots, including their success in two-tight end sets. Should Stephon Gilmore shadow Zach Ertz to try and lock him down?

10:50 - The Eagles offensive line has been one of the best in the league this year and could allow Philly's run game to break out vs. the Patriots.

14:53 - Tom argues that the Patriots' biggest advantage over the Eagles is their top-ranked secondary.

18:22 - Phil explains how the Patriots hurry-up offense could be used to tire out the Eagles' strong pass rush.

22:26 - Reuben Frank from NBC Sports Philadelphia joins Tom and Phil to talk about the Eagles Super Bowl 52 win over the Patriots, the expectations that win put on the city, and just how bad the Eagles wide receiver corps is this season.

37:40 - Tom caught up with Ben Watson to get his take on the workout being held for Colin Kaepernick.

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