Bengals take extremely loud measures to prepare for Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium

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The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing to travel where they've never been before.

No, not Kansas City. But an AFC championship game on the road.

The Bengals have twice played in and won the AFC championship. But both of those games in their 80s heyday were played in the friendly confines of Riverfront Stadium.

On Sunday they'll travel to one of the least-hospitable stadiums in sports for the highest-stakes round of NFL football not played at a neutral site. Preparing for Arrowhead Stadium is a top priority. Just check the tape from Wednesday's practice. Or outside practice, to be precise.

That's loud. So loud that ESPN's Michele Steele said she got an apology from stadium security for the noise.

How will young Bengals respond?

The Bengals led by second-year quarterback Joe Burrow have impressed in these playoffs. Sunday's will be a test like they've never experienced. But don't count them out.

Burrow may be the youngest and least experienced quarterback standing. But he's run the gantlet of SEC road games and has won his own share of high-stakes contests, including the CFP national championship. As has top target Ja'Marr Chase.

The Bengals may not have been here before. But they're not going into Sunday's game unprepared.

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 12: A wide view from the end zone as the scoreboard implores the crowd to Get Loud in the fourth quarter of an NFL game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs on Dec 12, 2021 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The Bengals are sure to receive a high-decibel welcome on Sunday. (Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)