Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Where are the toughest places to play?
By Bill Williamson
The AFC West is a central figure in this week’s ESPN.com Hot Read by Greg Garber.
Garber talked to several people connected to the NFL to come up with the six toughest NFL venues to visit for opposing teams.
Denver came in at No. 5 and Kansas City came in at No. 6. On the flip side, Oakland was on the list of the easiest places to play because of a poor home winning percentage.
Denver made the list for its high-altitude toughness. Historically, the Broncos have been one of the NFL’s toughest places to play, but for the past half of the last decade, Denver lost its home mojo. It seems to be clicking again now with Peyton Manning at the helm. Denver is 2-1 at home.
Kansas City made the list because of the atmosphere and the passion of the fans. That is nice reassurance for the fans in the Heartland. It’s been a rough week after Chiefs’ right tackle Eric Winston berated some fans for cheering when Matt Cassel was hurt at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. It put these great fans in a negative light just because a faction of fans reacted poorly.
Wednesday, Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel tipped his cap to Kansas City fans.
“As far as the reaction with the fans, historically, the Chiefs fans are some of the best fans in the NFL,” Crennel said. “You can go back and you can look at that, and you know that that’s the case. I’ve played here, I’ve come into here and I’ve played here on an opposing team, and I can verify that they are supportive of the team, they want the team to win, and they try to help the team win.”
Garber’s reporting confirms that there are many in the NFL who feel the same way. So does ESPN analyst and former Kansas City coach Herm Edwards, who thinks Kansas City and Denver are both among the toughest places to play in the NFL.
What are your thoughts on these rankings? Are they fair? Fill up the comment section below with your thoughts.