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In attempts to boost team morale, save on travel time and increase their preparation, the New England Patriots recently announced they will be staying in Colorado for the week after their Sunday night matchup with the Denver Broncos.

The team is scheduled to take on the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City a week after the Broncos game. So just staying put made sense and will hopefully have a lot of good benefits to the team.

The last time New England spent a full week on the road, they went on to win Super Bowl XLIX, and it’s only a matter of time to see if history repeats itself.

In the 2014 season, the Patriots had back-to-back road trips to Green Bay and San Diego – a matter in which they decided to stay in California for the week. Former Patriot players, Rob Ninkovich and Kyle Arrington, were part of the team that year and both responded positively to their weeklong stay.

“I think those trips are great,” said the former Patriots defensive end, Ninkovich. “It just helps a team come together. With the age differences of older and younger guys on a team, a week away in a hotel creates an environment where everyone is together. In a regular work week at home, older guys with families do their job and then get home to the kids. On away trips like that, everyone hangs out together.”

“I actually liked it,” said former New England cornerback, Arrington. “We did that as well when I was with the Ravens [in 2015]. It is a great opportunity to remain focused, especially if you’re a player with a wife and kids. Obviously you miss your family, but it’s nice to experience a new environment for a week or two. When you play away, you usually don’t get a chance to get out and experience the sights and sounds. I definitely enjoyed it when I had the opportunity.”

The Patriots will remain in Colorado and train at a local collegiate facility before heading to Mexico a day before their international matchup with the Raiders.

Source: Patriots to stay a week in Colorado, which can help 'a team come together'

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Megan Carnahan 11/06/2017 04:25:00 PM Edit
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