The Miami Dolphins announced their presence as a contender when they defeated the Buffalo Bills on a hot and muggy Week 3 morning in South Florida. Now it looks like the Bills may get some help from the elements when the two AFC East rivals meet again in Buffalo on Saturday night.
A “lake effect” blizzard is expected to dump several inches, and perhaps even more than a foot, of snow Saturday night during the Bills-Dolphins game at Highmark Stadium, according to multiple local reports. The storm could not only affect the game but also the ability of fans to get there.
Needless to say, the Dolphins are used to much warmer weather and even had heaters near their benches during last week’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in a cold, but much more temperate, California climate.
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Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and linebacker Jaelan Phillips, two of the Dolphins’ young stars, told reporters this week that they have never played football in the snow. Waddle is from Houston and played collegiately at Alabama, while Phillips is from Redlands, California and played at UCLA and the University of Miami.
Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel, however, accepted the challenge when the air conditioner exploded during a recent practice at Miami’s indoor facility.
Tua Tagovailoa, a Hawaiian who was a college teammate of Waddle’s on the Crimson Tide, also downplayed the conditions he’ll face Saturday night.
“It snows in Alabama, guys,” the Miami QB said he told local media Wednesday.
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The Dolphins find themselves semi-retired after back-to-back losses in California to the 49ers and Chargers. Miami is still in the thick of the playoff race at 8-5 and would maintain a tiebreaker over the division-leading Bills (10-3) with a win Saturday night.
Despite the team’s recent struggles, “Speak” co-host Joy Taylor sees no reason why the Dolphins can’t pull off a win in Buffalo’s notoriously hostile environment.
“Why not?” Taylor said Wednesday. “They’re a good team. They’ve been a good team all season. All season we’ve been talking about how great Tua has been, Mike McDaniel, how talented this team is, how creative they’ve been with the offense. , how they get back on track, how Tua is a franchise quarterback.
“Why can’t they beat Buffalo this weekend?”
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