The Denver Broncos know they have an additional opponent to the Kansas City Chiefs: the fans. Those at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday night will make life miserable for the Broncos and their offense. It will be loud and there will be plenty of energy passing to the Chiefs players.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told the Denver media that their offense practiced inside so that they could crank up the noise and make practice as loud as possible to prepare for Arrowhead.
"Anytime that we ever went there, and I started preaching that yesterday, it's just the way that it is," Kubiak said, via quotes from the Broncos. "We have a young tackle, but of course Ryan [Harris] played there, so Ryan knows how tough it is. It's just a fact. You're going to be late off of the ball, all of those things are going to be in place and it's going to be tough to hear in the huddle and at the line of scrimmage.
"This afternoon is a big practice for us from that standpoint offensively and defensively. I'm going to separate the two groups when we practice, put our offense inside in as loud of an environment as I can possibly do."
You can crank up the noise in practice and it's a good strategy to know what you're up against but will that really prepare you for nearly 80,000 fans screaming on national TV? Probably not. Peyton Manning, for his part, has handled it well enough. He is 3-0 at Arrowhead Stadium in the past three years.