ORCHARD PARK – Football nation’s fascination with snowy games may get satiated Saturday night because Highmark Stadium is expected to be in the crosshairs of another lake effect event when the Buffalo Bills host the Miami Dolphins.
Now, this isn’t going to produce seven feet of snow like the one in mid-November which forced the Bills to move their game against Cleveland to Detroit’s Ford Field. But the forecast is calling for several inches of snow, temperatures in the mid-20s, and wind chills much lower due to a wind that could blow between 15-30 miles per hour.
In other words, miserable to play in, miserable to drive in, and miserable to sit in for three-plus hours, unless you’re sitting on your comfortable couch in your heated home watching on NFL Network.
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The overwhelming theory is that the Bills will have a big advantage on the visitors from South Florida because they have far more experience living, practicing and playing in these conditions.
Just don’t try to sell that to Bills coach Sean McDermott.
“They’re gonna be in the same conditions we’re in. It’s not like every day we’re out playing in 6 inches of snow around here,” McDermott said. “I think people get this perception that we go out and practice in the snow every day.”
The Bills don’t. But obviously, they do it more than the Dolphins, a team that cranked up sideline heaters Sunday night when the temperature dipped to 55 degrees during their game at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium, which gave Bills fans a hearty chuckle.
“I think it’s kind of like playing in Miami. It’s hot, we’re used to it being hot,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said. “Does that mean we win every game? The course of the game can be influenced, but you still have to play in the same temperature and climate as the opposing team, just one’s more used to it than the other. I don’t plan on using that as an excuse in the slightest.”
What time is the Bills vs. Dolphins game?
- Date: Saturday, Dec. 17
- Time: 8:15 p.m.
- Place: Highmark Stadium
Who is favored to win Bills vs. Dolphins game?
- Tipico betting line: Bills -7.5
Who is announcing the Bills vs. Dolphins game?
- Play-by-play: Kevin Kugler.
- Analyst: Mark Sanchez.
- Sideline reporters: Laura Okmin and Peter Schrager.
Cable/Network: NFL Network. If you have Spectrum cable or Spectrum streaming, NFL Network is channel 96. The game will not be available on any of the local stations in Rochester, though because Buffalo is the primary Bills market, it will be available there on the ABC affiliate, WKBW.
Online streaming services: NFL.com and the NFL mobile app. Also, the NFL has a new streaming service called NFL+ which replaces NFL Game Pass, though you can’t cast the games to your TV – you must watch on your phone or tablet. The cost is $5 a month or $30 for the season, and a premium tier costs $10/$80 which includes all-22 coaches film and condensed and full-game replays. With it, you’ll be able to watch every local game on Sunday and the national games on Monday and Thursday nights as well as the playoffs and the Super Bowl. You can also stream if you have subscriptions to DirecTV, fuboTV, Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV.
On the radio: How to listen to the Bills vs Dolphins game
You can listen on SiriusXM satellite radio on channel 225 (Bills) and channel 226 (Dolphins). On traditional radio, the Bills Radio Network has stations all across the state. They include:
- Rochester (WCMF 96.5 and WROC 950 AM)
- Buffalo (WGR550, 550 AM)
- Syracuse (WTKW 99.5/WTKV 105.5)
- Binghamton (WDRE 100.5FM)
- Ithaca (WIII 99.9/100.3 FM)
- Bath (WVIN 98.3 FM)
- Newark (WACK 1420 AM)
- Dansville (WDNY 93.9 FM)
- Elmira (WNGZ 1490 AM)
- Auburn (WAUB 98.1 FM/1590 AM)
- Geneva (WGVA 95.9 FM, 1240 AM)
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