BUFFALO, N.Y.—With the game-time temperature expected to be around 30 inches and there being a possibility of snow, the Dolphins could be in for one of their most eventful games of the year when they visit the Bills on Sunday.
The assumption is always that warm-weather or dome teams can’t win in the cold, but Miami actually hasn’t been too bad. According to Pro Football Reference, the team is 25-31-1 in games in which the temperature was 40 degrees or colder. (One of those 57 games was at home, surprisingly. The Dolphins lost to Kansas City on Christmas Eve in 1989 with a kickoff temperature of 38.)
Their most recent snow game was a 2013 appearance in Pittsburgh. It was 25 degrees, and they won 34-28.
“Traditionally, every game from October on that’s not in Miami, it’s going to be cold,” Cameron Wake said this week. “Buffalo’s cold. New York’s cold. New England’s cold. It’s not really a thing at this point. Every home game is going to be hot. Surprise.
“The same way you deal with 110 degrees as we do for months in training camp is the same way you deal with cold games, whatever the temperature may be. You put on some gloves and go out there and play. If you’re thinking about the cold, you’re already losing the battle.”
It was 38 degrees when the Dolphins helped secure a playoff berth by winning at Buffalo last Christmas Eve.
The most frigid game in franchise history was a December 2008 trip to Kansas City that was played in 10-degree weather. The Dolphins won 38-31 that afternoon.
In its 10 coldest games, including last year’s wild-card round at Pittsburgh in 17 degrees, Miami is 4-6.
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