Besides facing one of the best defenses in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns will have to contend with one of the loudest crowds in the league when they take on Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday.
Earlier this month, a crowd of 76,416 raucous Chiefs fans broke the Guinness World Record for the loudest outdoor sports stadium by registering 137.5 decibels in the final moments of a 24-7 win over the Oakland Raiders.
“Each and every week is a challenge, but Arrowhead is one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL, so that means even more,” Browns quarterback
The Browns, however, are no strangers to noise.
In addition to having music play throughout practice during the week, the Browns have played in front of a combined crowd of 498,320 people this season, including 63,672 Minnesota Vikings fans inside of Mall of America Field at the H.H.H. Metrodome on Sept. 22, a game Cleveland won, 31-27, with a last-minute touchdown.
“It always makes it more difficult when you can’t communicate because of how loud it is,” Browns left tackle
“I think we did a good job. It’ll probably be more like Minnesota. When we were in the dome, it was pretty loud, but once it’s above a certain decibel level, you can’t hear anything anyway.”
The Browns are used to playing road games in front of large crowds, as they faced the Packers and 77,804 fans at Lambeau Field in Green Bay last Sunday.
“Because it’s so loud, it’s going to be tough to hear his voice,” center
“Communication with the other linemen is just more difficult in terms of snap count and hearing and having everyone on the same page. That’s why it’s nice to play at home. All that stuff is a little easier.”