THE TOP TEN Toughest NFL Stadiums to Play
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Kansas City Chiefs
When the Chiefs are having a bad season, they're tough to beat at Arrowhead. When they're having a good season, they're unbeatable. With the scent of barbecue in the air and a sea of red in the stands, Kansas City is the best football atmosphere in the country. The Chiefs were a flawed team in 2005 but still managed to win seven of eight home games.
New England Patriots
The Patriots are 30-6 at Gillette Stadium since it opened in 2002, including 4-0 in the playoffs. The Razor is always a tough place to visit, but it gets even scarier when the weather gets cold, because the conditions don't seem to bother a Bill Belichick-coached team.
The RCA Dome is the perfect track for the Colts to run wild. Peyton Manning & Co. are especially comfortable playing on turf and they've lost just two regular-season games there over the last two seasons.
Not quite the madhouse Mile High Stadium was, but Invesco still rocks and has the same altitude, which causes problems for opponents. The Broncos are 31-9 at Invesco since it opened in 2001 and finished 8-0 at home last season.
No team uses home-field noise to its advantage better than the Seahawks. The Giants had 11 false-start penalties during a trip to Seattle this season. The Seahawks have won 22 of their last 25 home games.
The defending Super Bowl champs love playing in front of all those rabid fans with their Terrible Towels. The always-aggressive Pittsburgh defense gets just a little nastier at home.
Now that it has settled into the new Soldier Field, Chicago is a bear at home. The team is built for cold weather, stressing defense and the running game, and the crowd still goes nuts no matter how frigid the wind is.
Green Bay Packers
A trip to Lambeau Field may not be the guaranteed loss it once was, but there is still a certain magic to this stadium, which has been home to so many of the greatest moments in NFL history.
Lincoln Financial Field
It doesn't have the bumpy surface of the old Veterans Stadium to trip opponents up, but Lincoln Field can get pretty crazy. Before T.O.-gate struck the Eagles last year, they were nearly unbeatable in front of a loyal, green-clad crowd.
The Vikings have remained respectable in recent years because they can always win at home. The Metrodome gets very loud and seems to fit the Vikings' style of play, which has been more about speed than grit since they moved indoors.
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