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Patriots owner Robert Kraft awarded Israel's 2019 "Jewish Nobel" prize

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft awarded Israel's 2019 "Jewish Nobel" prize

Robert Kraft earned quite the prestigious recognition Wednesday.

The New England Patriots owner was awarded Israel's 2019 Genesis Prize for his philanthropy and commitment to combating anti-Semitism, the Genesis Prize Foundation announced Wednesday.

Referred to as the Jewish equivalent of the Nobel Prize, the Genesis Prize "honors extraordinary individuals for their outstanding professional achievement, contribution to humanity, and commitment to Jewish values and Israel."

Past honorees include former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and last year's winner, actress Natalie Portman.

Kraft received a $1 million award but will have the money donated to "initiatives combating anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice as well as attempts to de-legitimize the State of Israel," according to the Genesis Prize's press release. He will accept the award during a ceremony in Jerusalem in June.

Kraft, a Brookline, Mass., native, long has supported Israel, frequently leading Patriots players and Football Hall of Famers on trips to the Middle Eastern nation. More recently, he has focused philanthropic efforts on fighting anti-Semitism in the United States, which came to a head in October when 11 Jewish congregants were killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Shortly after that attack, Kraft revealed plans for an exhibition soccer match between the New England Revolution (which his family also owns) and Chelsea FC at Gillette Stadium in May, with all proceeds and an additional $1 million donation from Kraft going to initiatives that work to combat anti-Semitism.

"I am honored to receive the Genesis Prize and thank the Genesis Prize Foundation for its recognition and willingness to direct my prize money to such worthy causes," Kraft said in a statement. "It is important that we continue to support organizations that focus on combating prejudices by building bridges and uniting people of different backgrounds."

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on inherent pressure put on former Patriots QBs

Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on inherent pressure put on former Patriots QBs

Former Patriots QB Matt Cassel joins Tom E. Curran for this episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast.

1:00 — Tom Curran takes us back to the Patriots 2017 season, discussing how strange the year seemed from the very beginning and how the Pats' Super Bowl LIII victory over the Rams the following season was cathartic for the team.

7:05 — Matt Cassel joins Tom to talk about how watching a weekend of football without the Patriots made them realize just how disciplined and organized Bill Belichick's team is.

14:31 — With the fallout of Jimmy Garoppolo losing his first game of the season on Monday night, Tom wonders if there is extra pressure put on quarterbacks formerly in the Patriots' system. Matt gives deeper insight into what it's like being Tom Brady's backup.

24:10 — Who is your NFL MVP through 10 weeks? Tom and Matt debate if Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson has a better claim.

28:01 — Matt says the Patriots' upcoming game against the Eagles will "set the tone for the rest of the season." Tom and Matt talk about the last time these two teams played — Super Bowl LII — and how that loss affected the Patriots.

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NFL announces date, time, TV channel for Patriots vs. Bills Week 16 game

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NFL announces date, time, TV channel for Patriots vs. Bills Week 16 game

The date and time for the New England Patriots' Week 16 matchup against the Buffalo Bills is now set in stone.

When the 2019 NFL regular season schedule was released, this game at Gillette Stadium was labeled as a TBD in regards to if it would be played on a Saturday or Sunday. 

The league announced Tuesday the Patriots will host the Bills on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on NFL Network as part of a triple-header.

This will be the second meeting of the season between these AFC East rivals. The Patriots left Buffalo with a slim 16-10 victory over the Bills in Week 4.

Both teams could have a lot to play for in this Week 16 matchup. The Patriots are in a tight race for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff race, while the Bills are currently one of the two wild card teams with a 6-3 record.

Tom E. Curran's latest AFC Power Rankings>>>

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