Chiefs news: Travis Kelce is ready for Buffalo’s hostile environment
The Hall of Fame tight end embraces his first postseason road game in eight years.
The Kansas City Chiefs are entering very unfamiliar territory this weekend, playing on the road in a postseason game for the first time since January 2016. Not only that, this will be the first time since the 2014 season that the Buffalo Bills will host the Chiefs . Without attendance restrictions.
It creates a great atmosphere for an intense postseason game, and that’s music to Travis Kelce’s ears. He spoke about the rare road trip when he spoke with reporters on Friday.
“Buffalo, cold, playoff game,” Kelce said. “It doesn’t get any better, man.”
The temperature won’t reach the lows it did in the Chiefs’ win over the Miami Dolphins on Wild Card weekend, but the game will feature temperatures below freezing. In addition to a rabid fan base, there is a lot for Chiefs players and coaches to overcome in a postseason game.
The Chiefs welcome that pressure and Kelce says it starts with head coach Andy Reid.
“From top to bottom, Coach Reed does a great job of challenging everyone in the building,” Kelce admitted. “It’s not easy to go anywhere and win in the NFL, let alone the playoffs. However, it’s a challenge to face during the week, and Coach Reid does a great job of organizing everything in that regard.
Kelsey cites team meetings as a way for Reid to set the tone for the week and get into the right frame of mind. The heightened intensity is not limited to the Chiefs playing away from home; Progressing into the postseason highlights that.
“Everyone played on the road,” Kelce noted. “It’s more so in the playoffs, where we’re a little bit further ahead of the Wild Card weekend. Everything accelerates as you get further into the playoffs. I think it’s important to stay focused, understand your tasks a little bit more, so you can go out and play as quickly as you can.”
That message is directed at the Chiefs’ offense more than anyone else, as they have to deal with crowd noise in a postseason game for the first time. Communication at the line of scrimmage won’t be as easy, which could make things more difficult for a group that has issues with overall execution.
Depending on the Wild Card game, the team may also have to dodge snowballs from the audience. Kelsey laughed when he thought about that, because he knew he could come up with worse things.
“It’s a hostile environment, isn’t it?” Kelsey noted. “It’s the Bills Mafia, and that’s their home advantage… I grew up in Cleveland; we used to throw beer bottles at people.”