Surprise, surprise. It's January, and few people outside New England are rooting for the Patriots.

Dick Vermeil, who coached the Chiefs for five seasons from 2001 to 2005, joined Kansas City's 610 Sports Radio on Wednesday to discuss Sunday's upcoming AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium.

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And considering his background, it should surprise no one Vermeil is picking against New England.

But Vermeil had another reason for siding with his former team: They've done things "the right way," while the Patriots, in his eyes, haven't.

Vermeil may have a friend in former Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson, who's been on the "Patriots are cheaters" bandwagon ever since New England upset the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.


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The Patriots have had their run-ins with the NFL over the years, from (unproven) accusations they watched film of the Rams before Super Bowl XXXVI to Spygate in 2007 to Deflategate in 2014.

These incidents are in the past, and none will have any bearing whatsoever on Sunday's game at Arrowhead. But Vermeil's comments are a reminder that as long as the Patriots are playing at a high level, they'll be hearing from the haters.

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