Bills vs. Dolphins weather: Miami arrives at snowy Orchard Park with suitcases full of gear for the cold, according to the report

The Miami Dolphins will feel a lot like the road team during their Saturday night game against rival Buffalo Bills. old man winter arrived in buffalo on Friday night, leaving about eight inches of the white stuff. Buffalo isn’t done with the snow either, as a Lake Effect Snow Warning is in effect until 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

Orchard Park had a break from snow in the morning but is expected to pick up again later today. According to the hourly forecast, precipitation will go from “a few snow showers” at 2:00 p.m. ET to “snow showers” at 5:00 p.m. ET and then only “snow” until kick-off at 8:15 p.m. ET. So expect plenty of prime-time handovers.

The Dolphins are doing their best to be prepared for the desolate conditions as they brought 1,400 pounds of suitcases of cold-weather gear to Orchard Park. per NFL Media. Each player can try on several studs to find the best grip in the snow.

Tua Tagovailoa did not have success in cold-weather games in his three years as quarterback for the Dolphins. He is winless in the four coldest games he has started, with a passer rating of just 61.4. According to CBS Sports senior research editor Doug Clawson, Tagovailoa has had just three total touchdowns in those games while turning the ball over six times.

The coldest games in Tua Tagovailoa’s career

2020 at Broncos 20-13 11-20, 83 yards, 1 TD
2020 with invoices 56-26 35-58, 351 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT

2021

with invoices

24-21

21-39, 205 meters, INT

2021

at titans

34-3

18-38, 205 meters, INT

As you can see, two of Tagovailoa’s cold-weather losses have come to the Bills, who will host the Dolphins in Tagovailoa’s coldest NFL game to date. The expected Saturday temperature is between 25 and 28 degrees, making it Tagovailoa’s first NFL game in freezing conditions. Snow showers are also in the forecast, which will likely make throwing down more difficult.

Coach Mike McDaniel downplayed talk of the Dolphins’ cold-weather struggles this week, told reporters in Week 15, “It’s the same field, same elements” for both teams, and wore a T-shirt to practice that read “I wish it was colder.” .

Tagovailoa also didn’t put much stock in the frigid and snowy forecast, which calls for a low of 27 degrees, winds of 11 MPH and an 85% chance of more snow, according to Weather.com.

“It snowed in Alabama my freshman year. So it’s snowing in Alabama, folks‘ Tagovailoa said during his press conference on Wednesday. “People don’t know that. Some people just think it’s going to be cold, but it’s snowing.”

“It’s a mindset thing,” he said. “If I’m too focused and worried about whether it’s too cold, I can catch the ball or not, then I would say I’m focusing on the wrong things. It would be difficult to play like that against him – a really good team.”

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To be fair, Tagovailoa’s previous struggles in cold-weather games shouldn’t be attributed solely to him. He was a rookie during Miami’s late 2020 season road losses in Denver and Buffalo. And in the case of Miami’s season-ending 30-point drubbing, Tagovailoa and the Dolphins’ offense threw an unusually high number of passes while attempting to extend their playoff to keep hopes alive.

Tagovailoa’s other two cold-weather losses came against superior teams in Buffalo and Tennessee. Those games also didn’t include his new coach or wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who made several big games Sunday night.

A win this weekend would not only keep the Dolphins in contention for the AFC East Division title, but also stop the growing narrative that Tagovailoa and company can’t make it in cold climates.

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