The Chiefs Kingdom has a chance to bring their home-field advantage on the road with them this week.
Kansas City Chiefs fans have always traveled well, but at the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams’ SoFi Stadium, they’ve traveled exceptionally well. You can always tell just how many fans show up during the end of the National Anthem when Chiefs Kingdom roars down a booming, “Home of the Chiefs!”
Chiefs DB coach Dave Merritt is hopeful that he’ll hear that roar at the onset of the game in Week 11. He’s looking forward to the fans showing up in force to help give them an advantage over the Chargers on Sunday night.
“Absolutely that would help, and I hope that the entire Chiefs Kingdom comes out to this game because again, I was showing them — the entire (DB) group this morning — third-down when the (Chargers) were going silent count versus Denver, obviously there was a lot of Broncos fans there so hopefully that can show for us as well,” Merritt said. “Normally when you travel away, the quarterback on the offense has the quieter crowd. He can get all of his checks, and they can hear our checks, but when our fans travel with us it makes it that much more difficult for the opposing quarterback to be able to get in and out of checks and so, come on Chiefs Kingdom, let’s go! We need you all, all of us.”
Crowd noise coming from opponent fanbases has been an issue at SoFi Stadium this season. It was clearly an issue for the Chargers against the Broncos if they had to go to the silent count in their own stadium. As Merritt says, hopefully, the Chiefs Kingdom shows up to SoFi Stadium and the defense can take advantage of something rarely seen in opposing stadiums.