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Colts bracing for the cold in Kansas City

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts will throw on extra layers of clothes, crank up the music in the sound system and head outdoors to practice the rest of the week to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The temperature is supposed to be 23 degrees with a 50 percent chance of snow when the two teams take the field this weekend in Kansas City, Mo. This is second straight season that the Colts will face the Chiefs with the temperature not in their favor. It was 25 degrees with a wind chill of 18 degrees in the Colts’ 20-13 victory over the Chiefs last season.

“We all know how loud it can be there, let alone the weather conditions, the field this time of year, all those things,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “Certainly the noise is going to play a factor. But our guys, they get giddied up for playing in stadiums and atmospheres like that, playoff-type football, December football in the cold, great football team we’re going against, so that will help.”

The Colts played outside in the cold and snow two weeks ago against Cincinnati. The temperature at kickoff was 25 degrees. Many of the Colts decided against wearing long sleeves in their 42-28 loss to Bengals.

Pagano joked that they like to mix up the type of music they blast during practice to prepare for the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium.

“Little Bob Marley, little bit of this, little bit of that,” he said. “The airplane stuff is just really annoying, to be honest with you. They have to pass out Advil after practice to all the coaches and players. So we just get something on there to make it as hard as possible on our offense from a communication standpoint.”