When in their home state, the Miami Dolphins are used to temperatures in the 70s and 80s during the winter months.
This Sunday, the Dolphins will be traveling to Buffalo, where their matchup with the Bills has expected temperatures of the low 30s or high 20s.
In his NFL career to date, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hasn’t had the best of luck in cold climates.
Coldest games in Tua Tagovailoa’s career
2021 — at Bills — 35 degrees (58.2 rating)
2021 — at Titans– 36 — 53.1
2020 — at Broncos — 45 — 81.9
2020 — at Bills — 51 — 62.5#Dolphins lost all 4 games by combined 83 points#Bills #BillsMafia #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/p8jwIdR7xR
— Jeff Kerr (@JeffKerrCBS) December 14, 2022
Sunday’s game is shaping up to be the coldest game that Tagovailoa has encountered in the three seasons that he has been in the league.
Fortunately for the Bills, Tagovailoa has struggled in cold games in his career, losing the four coldest matchups.
This, paired with the fact that Tagovailoa has a lifetime record of 1-3 against the Bills, should make Sunday’s matchup one to watch.
The Current State Of The AFC East
The Dolphins are currently on a two-game losing streak and are also two games behind the Bills for the AFC East title.
Both teams are in desperate need of a win.
The Bills are the overall leaders in the AFC.
If this were to stand, they guarantee themselves home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
With the Kansas City Chiefs right on their tail, the Bills need this win against the Dolphins.
If the season were to end today, the Dolphins would be the sixth seed for the playoffs but are only one game ahead of other teams just outside the playoffs bubble, including the New England Patriots and New York Jets.
Both teams are going to be playing their hearts out in this game.
Who will prevail?