The Miami Dolphins are gearing up for a crucial game against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night, and if playing against one of the best teams in the NFL wasn’t tough enough, the Dolphins will also have to deal with major weather issues.
The game, which is scheduled to get going at 8:15 p.m. EST, is going to take place in the midst of a massive snow storm that is streaking across the Eastern side of the United States.
Despite the fact that the storm could deliver up to one to two feet of snow in its snowiest spots, there have been no discussions regarding postponing the game.
Three separate sources yesterday told me there have been no conversations about postponing today’s game https://t.co/jKZMSRNDyx
— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) December 17, 2022
Snow has already started to pile up around the Bills’ stadium.
— Patrick Hammer (@pathammer) December 17, 2022
Saturday night’s game has the making of a really fun and unique style of football. Every so often, NFL and college games take place during a winter storm, and it almost always yields a sloppy and entertaining style of ball. With that in mind, snowy games often also provide lots of frustration for invested fans, as mistakes become far more prevalent.
For the Dolphins, they’re going to have to avoid as many mistakes as possible if they want to get the win and keep pace in the AFC East. They are currently two games back of the Bills for the division lead, making tonight’s game an essential must-win contest if they still have goals of earning a division crown.
Even though they might have slim chances of winning the division, the Dolphins still badly need a win to keep pace in the AFC playoff picture. Just a couple weeks ago, the Dolphins were in really great position to earn a playoff berth. Now, things are getting a little more precarious.
The Dolphins currently sit at the No. 6 seed in the AFC with an 8-5 record on the season. They’ve lost two straight heading into Saturday’s game. The Los Angeles Chargers (who defeated the Dolphins last week), New England Patriots (who the Dolphins will face on Jan. 1) and New York Jets (who the Dolphins will face on Jan. 8) are all breathing down Miami’s neck at 7-6.
Dolphins fans may be nervous about what quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will look like against the Bills. Playing in South Florida doesn’t offer ample preparation for games in the snow.
The good news is that extreme weather does tend to serve as a democratizer. The Dolphins could get a lucky break here and there and come out with a win despite the fact that the Bills are 5-1 at home this season.