Video: Snow, Wind Swirl Around Buffalo's Highmark Stadium Ahead of Patriots vs. Bills

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 6, 2021

Orchard Park - December 5: Early arriving RVs at a RV park across from Highmark stadium in Orchard Park, NY on Dec. 5, 2021. Buffalo Bills fans begin to tailgate a day and a half before the start of the game against the New England Patriots. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The Monday Night Football matchup between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills is going to be a blustery affair. 

Here's what the 8-4 Patriots and 7-4 Bills will be dealing with on Monday night as they battle for AFC East supremacy:

Buffalo Bills @BuffaloBills

Football weather. 🥶 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NEvsBUF?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NEvsBUF</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BillsMafia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BillsMafia</a> <a href="https://t.co/whoPLHNuqA">pic.twitter.com/whoPLHNuqA</a>

B/R Gridiron @brgridiron

Checking in on the weather in Buffalo 🥶<br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/thadbrown7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@thadbrown7</a>) <br> <a href="https://t.co/PIZ5ucQ1qd">pic.twitter.com/PIZ5ucQ1qd</a>

Thad Brown @thadbrown7

This is amazing.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bills?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bills</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Patriots?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Patriots</a> <a href="https://t.co/xWM6LMNcpS">pic.twitter.com/xWM6LMNcpS</a>

Spotrac @spotrac

99% of the time, the “Buffalo Weather” narrative leading into a home Bills game is just hyperbole. <br><br>Today, it’s legitimately going to be a factor, and likely a huge problem. <br><br>Hammer that under.

Per Weather.com, game-time temperature is set to be 36 degrees but will feel like 23 degrees, with winds up to 28 mph and "brief bursts of moderate snow."

This is a huge matchup with implications for the entire AFC playoff picture, and it may be hard to see the action on the field. A Pats win would leave them in sole possession of the top overall seed in the AFC. A Buffalo win would leave four teams—the Bills, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens—at 8-4 atop the conference. 

Expect to see a whole lot of running the ball, and a defensive struggle, when these divisional rivals face off on Monday night. The swirling winds inside of Highmark Stadium may also make the contest a struggle for both kickers.