Weather forecast for Miami Dolphins’ potential trip to Pittsburrrrrgh: pretty gross

Let's see if these guys are dressed like that next weekend in Pittsburgh. (Getty Images)

Let’s see if this guy are dressed like that next weekend in Pittsburgh. (Getty Images)

The Dolphins have been trailblazers in all sorts of ways this season. Next week, they may get a chance to prove their mettle again.

They will play at Pittsburgh or Houston in the first round of the playoffs next weekend, and if you’re a weather-watcher, hope they’re not Pennsylvania-bound.

The NFL has not yet determined if the Dolphins will play on Saturday or Sunday, but either way, it’s going to be frigid in Pittsburgh. Odds are, that’s where they’ll end up.

The forecast for a Saturday evening game in Pittsburgh calls for temperatures around 17 degrees, but it won’t be that toasty. No. The “feels like” temperature will be 6.

If the game is Sunday afternoon, it’ll be a little more fit for humans, around 35 degrees but with moderate winds that always make playing at Heinz Field tricky.

Luckily, earlier forecasts mumbling about the possibility of snow flurries next weekend seem to be melting away.

It’ll be much more comfortable in Houston, although that’s a moot point because the Texans play in a retractable-roof facility. For the record, it’ll be in the upper 40s next weekend in the Big H.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase attempted to put out the weather warning bells.

“I don’t know how much I really put into that,” he said. “That’s kind of like when we go up north, everybody says, ‘You’re not going to play well because of the cold.’ At the end of the day, you’re talking 3 1/2, four hours. NFL players, they adapt. They know what it is and they just roll with the punches.”

To some degree, he’s right. It was 35 in the Meadowlands when the Dolphins beat the Jets 34-13 on Dec. 17. Miami followed that with a 34-31 OT victory at Buffalo last week in 38 degrees.

This indicates they’re becoming a better cold-weather team under Gase. Traditionally, they’ve been poor when the mercury dips. They’re 4-6 in their 10 coldest games, including 1-2 when it’s below 20.

Contrast that to their dozen hottest games, in which they’re 10-2. And in a stat that might surprise you, neither of their two hottest games were at home: They beat Arizona 38-10 in 101 degrees in 1996 and beat the L.A. Raiders 24-14 in 1988 when it was 96.

The Dolphins will play at Pittsburgh if they’re the No. 6 seed (which they currently are). To move up to No. 5 and face the Texans, Miami must defeat New England and Kansas City must be upset by San Diego.

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