• Patriots look forward to week in Colorado Springs

    By: Tom Leyden


    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - A unique roadtrip entered its next chapter for the Patriots Monday when the team arrived in Colorado Springs, where they'll spend the week before heading to Mexico City to face the Raiders.

    "We bussed to Colorado Springs, of course," said Duron Harmon. "Everybody was excited about the win, having a good time on the bus. We got here late. We kind of just sat around and talked and had a good time. We talked about the game, talked about what we have to do this week because we know we're going against a really good Raider team with an explosive offense. We kind of just sat back and relaxed. It was a good time to take a deep breath, have a little time to enjoy with your teammates and just enjoy the night.

    "Definitely different not flying back after the game, just getting to the hotel right after the game last night," said Rex Burkhead. "It was beneficial for sure – get a lot more rest and just time to unwind and recover from the game."

    The Air Force Academy has made accommodations for the Patriots to use the school's football facilities throughout the week. Staying in Colorado allows the Pats to practice in altitude before facing the Raiders in Mexico City. 

    "It draws the team closer," said Kyle Van Noy. "You're spending all day with them, you're eating every meal with them and so you get to know teammates better and have a better time."

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