"Denver is tough, especially when it's cold," says Chargers defensive end Marcellus Wiley. "The altitude and the thick grass make it tough to run. You've got 70,000 fans yelling and cursing at you. You've gotta love that."
"It's so tight at arrowhead that the fans are right on your back," says Raiders receiver Tim Brown. "You'll never forget your first game at that place."
Even retired legends such as John Elway still vividly recall their most hostile environments. "New Orleans easily was my least favorite place to play. We got slammed by the 49ers in a Super Bowl, we lost to the Saints, 35-0, and I was beaten 52-7 by Tulane in my first college game there. I don't care to return to the Superdome anytime soon."
Still, Oakland rises above the rest when it comes to hostile territory.
"Nobody likes playing in Oakland," says Jets center Kevin Mawae. "The Black Hole, the whole thing is just horrible. But at least it's always a good game." - K.
MIAMI DOLPHINS versus NEW YORK JETS
Jets 37, Dolphins 35, 1 tie
Obvious Reason for Dislike: Division rivals for 30 years
Intangible Reason for Dislike: Numerous retired New Yorkers make their homes in South Florida, giving the Jets a rowdy, albeit geriatric, road presence in Miami.
Get Ready to Rumble: September 22 at Miami, November 10 at New York
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS versus ST. LOUIS RAMS
Rams 54, 49ers 49, 2 ties
Obvious Reason for Dislike:
Greatest Show on Turf meets the storied 49ers, perhaps the greatest franchise in NFL history.
Intangible Reason for Dislike: