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Trip provides Patriots a chance to visit U.S. Olympic Training Center

COLORADO SPRINGS -- No one is questioning what the primary focus is for the New England Patriots during their week at the Air Force Academy: It's to prepare for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders in Mexico.

But with this stay comes a unique opportunity.

Take, for example, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who has a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering.

"I might have an eye to the sky if I see a jet flying by," Patricia joked Tuesday morning. "That might be pretty cool for me. I love planes. That's one of my passions.