As in 2017, the Buffalo Bills could be hosting a “Snow Bowl”, since heavy snowfall is expected for Saturday. That’s nothing to dampen the ardor of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who intends to perform no matter the playing conditions.
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According to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, there is a 90% chance of snowfall around Highmark Stadium, while the mercury could dip below 0 degrees Celsius this weekend. In November, a storm forced the Bills to play at home at Ford Field in Detroit, but it looks like the team is ready to stay put Saturday.
Strangely, Tagovailoa, who is a native of Hawaii, has no fear playing in the snow for the first time in his NFL career.
“For me, it’s a matter of mindset. If I think too much about: “Is it too cold? Can I take the ball?”, well, I’ll think about the bad things. It will be difficult to play in these conditions there and we are facing a good team,” Tagovailoa told reporters on Thursday.
The 24-year-old has had to deal with snowflakes before while at the University of Alabama, but it was nothing like a good upstate New York storm.
“I felt good throwing while it was snowing. I did not feel any particular effect despite the snow,” he said.
If Florida heat has been the Dolphins’ trademark over the years, so have the Bills and the cold. In this famous 2017 game, where about twenty centimeters of snow fell on the field in Buffalo, the local favorites triumphed 13-7 in overtime against the Indianapolis Colts.
Sean McDermott’s men (10-3) have won their last four duels. The Dolphins (8-5), meanwhile, have suffered defeat in their last two outings.