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Browns ready for Arrowhead atmosphere

Posted Oct 26, 2013

The Cleveland Browns have spent the week readying themselves for the raucous atmosphere that awaits them at Arrowhead Stadium.

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 Jason Campbell said. “We have to be on the same page with our play calls, make sure everyone’s hearing it and make sure we all get lined up correctly because it’s going to be hard to hear at times. When you go into a hostile environment like this, we’re going to have to make sure we’re together and keep our composure.”

Wide receiver Davone Bess added, “It’s loud. Fans, they’re die-hard and they come out. They’re undefeated, so they’re really going to be rocking. We’ve got to show up.”

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 Joe Thomas said. “It’s a great challenge. There’s no secrets. When it’s loud, and they’ve got good pass-rushers, it’s tough.

“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 Alex Mack said of Campbell. “It’s daunting to hear, ‘Loudest in the league,’ because all of the other places that we’ve played at have been pretty loud too. It’ll be a challenge. It’s always a challenge with away games. It’s a stress this week in practice, and we’ll do what we can.

“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.”

Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz added, “You’ve just got to stick to your game plan. Obviously, noise plays a factor, but Minnesota was pretty loud. It’s something you practice on all week, get used to it and you just go from there.”

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