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Broncos preparing for challenge in Arrowhead


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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – ** During the Chiefs' last prime-time game in Arrowhead, the fans set a new world record for loudest crowd roar by reaching 142.2 decibels.

That Monday night, the Chiefs dominated the Patriots, 41-14.

"It's one of the loudest places to play, in my opinion, in the NFL," Peyton Manning said. "They are playing really well at home. It's a night game and the place is going to be rocking so it is a challenge. The communications is the challenge, all 11 guys hearing the call, hearing the possible audible, knowing exactly what to do, not nine guys doing one thing two guys doing another."

The Broncos, who hold a 2-3 record on the road this season, will certainly face a similar environment to the one the Patriots struggled to overcome.

Manning said it's key for the team to prepare accordingly for the hostile environment in Arrowhead on Sunday night, whether that entails practicing with crowd noise or mastering the game plan.

Since John Fox arrived in Denver in 2011, the Broncos haven't lost to the Chiefs on the road. In fact, Fox's Broncos are 6-1 against the Chiefs with their only loss being a 7-3 defeat at Sports Authority Field where Tim Tebow went 6-of-22 for 60 yards.

While the Broncos have had success in Arrowhead, the task ahead of them on Sunday will not be easy with AFC West superiority on the line. While the Broncos have had recent success in Arrowhead, they hold a 17-36 overall record there.

"We've played some tough opponents on the road—Seattle, St. Louis and New England, all tough teams," Terrance Knighton said. "It'll be tough this week. The stakes get higher the closer it gets to the end of the season and like I said, we're taking it a week at a time and we want to go to Kansas City and that first drive, get three-and-out and our offense to go down and score and set the tone for the game."

Knighton said starting fast will be key on Sunday, which is something the Broncos have struggled with all season when playing on the road.

Just 16 of the Broncos' 50 first-quarter points this season have come on the road. During their five road games, the Broncos have been the first team to score just once (Week 6 against the Jets).

"We just didn't come out to play, plain and simple," Chris Harris Jr. said. "In all our road games, we kind of woke up when it was too late. That accounted for our losses."

Knighton loves playing on the road and silencing opponents' fans. Harris also enjoys that hostile environment, specifically when playing the Chiefs. A University of Kansas product, Harris played at Arrowhead Stadium each year in college.

"I love playing at Arrowhead," he said. "I feel like I've played my best games in Kansas City since I've been in the league. I love playing there. I'm excited to go and play there Sunday night."

While this is Emmanuel Sanders' first season with the Broncos, it isn't his first trip to Kansas City as he played there once in 2011 when he was a Steeler.

"That environment is crazy," Sanders said. "They have a huge fan base out there that loves the Kansas City Chiefs. I feel like they have a really good head coach in Andy Reid, and they have a really good defense. Not only that, it's a division opponent. We've faced these guys several times, so they kind of know us and we kind of know them. It's definitely going to be a game of inches. It's going to be a battle. We've got to go in there and handle business."

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