For the third time this year, NFL fans will be treated to a showdown between the Patriots and Bills. The teams have split the season series (1-1), with one win apiece, and will now square off in a grudge match with each team’s season on the line.
The game will be played at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. – home of the Bills, which is very close to Buffalo – and, once again, it looks like both teams will have to deal with some interesting weather in this win-or-lose game.
The last time these two teams met in Buffalo, the weather was extreme. There were wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour during New England’s 14-10 win that saw the team attempt just three passes with rookie quarterback Mac Jones.
The weather won’t be as crazy this time around, but the Bills and Patriots are still going to have to deal with very cold conditions and the unpredictable nature of Buffalo-area weather in this contest.
Here’s a look at the forecast for Saturday night’s clash between the Bills and Patriots.
Bills vs. Patriots weather forecast.
The Bills-Patriots game is likely to be played in single-digit weather, at most. The high for Saturday at Orchard Park is just 10 degrees Fahrenheit, while the low is 2 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Weather.com. It may get a little warmer than expected, but no matter what, it will be very cold at game time.
The good news for both teams is that the wind won’t be as bad this time as it was last time. The wind is supposed to blow at an average of 5 to 10 mph on Saturday night, so it won’t have an immense impact on the game, unlike the last time these two met in Buffalo.
That said, the wind could make kicking a bit difficult, and Jones could have some trouble throwing if the wind gusts are high enough. There could also be a wind chill that makes players feel like they’re playing in freezing temperatures. If that happens, it could make it slightly difficult to catch the ball. It’s not a big concern, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.
The same can be said for rain and snow. A game with the potential for snow was originally expected, but now there is only a 5 percent chance of precipitation. Perhaps a mini-storm will blow off Lake Erie for some lake-effect snow, but for now, it seems likely that bitter cold will have the biggest impact on this contest.