ORCHARD PARK, NY — It’s cold in western New York. This is not news. It’s always cold in the greater Buffalo area in January.
But it’s cold even by Buffalo standards for the Patriots-Bills Wild Card weekend game at 8 p.m. Saturday.
It was 8 degrees at 7 p.m. (looks like -3 according to Weather.com). It’s expected to be 7 degrees at 8pm (and probably feel even colder). It should drop to 5 degrees.
How cold is it? According to WeatherSpark.com. The average January high temperature in Buffalo is 31 degrees and the average low temperature is 19. It’s 29 degrees in Anchorage, Alaska and should warm up, relatively speaking, overnight. In Novosibirsk, in Russia (Siberia!), it is 18 degrees.
Unsurprisingly, Bill Belichick seemed indifferent earlier this week.
“We trained in just about everything we could, in every type of condition we could get and played in several as well. There is no way to lower, raise the temperature or anything else. That’s what it’s over there,” the Patriots coach said. “I think over the year we’ve dealt with, again, almost everything. I have great confidence in our players. During their careers they have faced multiple situations of all types, so hopefully we are prepared for that. I’m more worried about the Bills than the weather. I think the bills are what we need to focus on and that’s what we need to beat. Time is time. »