Bill Belichick downplays Bills playoff rematch, however momentum is towards Patriots
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The slumping Patriots want all the assistance they will get after they face the surging Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park on Saturday for Wildcard Weekend. Interestingly, they could get one more increase from an previous buddy: Mother Nature.
WBZ meteorologist Jacob Wycoff’s preliminary forecast for Saturday’s sport requires single-digit temperatures with sub-zero wind chills.
The temperature across the sport’s 8:15 p.m. kickoff, according to Wycoff, may very well be round 8 levels, although it would really feel as if it’s -5. By the time the sport ends, that relative temperature might drop to double-digits within the sub-zero vary.
The Weather Channel predicts a couple of 34 % likelihood of snow for the day, with scattered snow showers (lower than 1 inch whole) potential within the afternoon. Winds are anticipated to be round 8 mph.
Wycoff referred to as it “a typical January football night in Buffalo,” which definitely can be a dramatic departure from the blizzard situations and constant 40-plus mph wind gusts that tilted the goalposts and made the ball dance within the air the final time the 2 groups performed one another in New York.
That mentioned, less-than-favorable climate situations may simply favor the Patriots as soon as once more.
New England charged to victory on the bottom in that Monday night time matchup in Week 13, throwing the ball simply thrice however speeding for 222 yards, holding the Bills underneath 100 yards speeding and profitable the time of possession battle within the ugly climate.
In Week 16, although, the Bills took benefit of the delicate 40-degree, comparatively windless climate in a radical domination of the Patriots, with Josh Allen throwing for 314 yards and three touchdowns.
Bone-chilling temperatures in Buffalo might pressure the motion again onto the bottom a bit, which can work for a Patriots crew constructed to run the ball. Defensively, New England may hopefully get bodily linebacker Dont’a Hightower and security Kyle Dugger again to assist them bottle up the Bills’ speeding assault in flip.
As lengthy because the wind’s not too unhealthy and gamers can catch the ball, although, issues received’t be fairly as one-sided when it comes to the run sport. Mac Jones will virtually definitely throw the ball greater than thrice, and Allen will throw the ball fairly a bit greater than that.
But these hoping for less-than-ideal climate seem to considerably be getting their want forward of Saturday’s sport.
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