The Buffalo Bills are used to playing in the cold weather. It’s Western New York, and if you’ve lived here for any extended period of time, you know that January and February are the two months of the year you are guaranteed to get bitterly cold temperatures.
The Bills play their first full-capacity home playoff game in over 25 years this Saturday night against the New England Patriots, and if you have not yet looked at the forecast, the weather is going to be brutally cold.
The good news is winds will be minimal, but the game time temperature is expected to be in the single digits, and even as low as 1 degree. It will be one of the coldest games ever played at Highmark Stadium, dating back to its time as Rich Stadium and Ralph Wilson Stadium.
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Players will have to make sure they wear appropriate clothing for the game, and many will for sure be wearing sleeves to keep warm.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen will not be one of those players.
Allen told the Buffalo media on Tuesday that he’s “not a big sleeves guy.”
Allen added that he feels wearing sleeves will hurt with ball security, which will obviously be important in that weather and the fact it’s a playoff game, and any turnover could mean the difference.
Josh did say he has poor circulation in his toes, and wears one sock, so he will have to make sure he gets by the heaters when on the sideline to warm them.
It’s hard keeping warm for the players — even harder than the fans in the stadium.
The players can wear layers, but they also sweat, which will turn cold underneath their clothing and contribute to the cold body temperature.
It will be very important for players to pick the right attack for battling the single digits on Saturday night.
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