The Patriots Won’t Return Offense Vs. Bills Because of Weather


Don’t expect Mac Jones to repeat that three-pass performance in Week 13 this weekend, suggests Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Patriots quarterback Mack Jones throws a pass under pressure from the Buffalo Bills. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff)

Weather will be rough when the Patriots take on their rivals the Buffalo Bills at Orchard Park in New York on Saturday. According to WBZ meteorologist Jacob Wykoff, temperatures could be in the single digits at kickoff with wind gusts below zero – “a typical January football night in Buffalo”.

The last time New England played Bills on the Road, Mack Jones had bowled only three times in a 14–10 Patriots win. Again, that competition featured 40-mph winds, which made making the ball a risky business, as well as snowing around the stadium.

If the weather on Saturday is, well, cold, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels doesn’t see a repeat of that three-pass, 46-run performance.

“I really don’t think it’s a big deal,” McDaniels said Tuesday of the impending forecast. “I mean, throwing the ball or running it in the cold, either way, that’s what it is. I think it’s hard to throw the ball or not – wind or rain or other things with heavy, heavy snow There are more. We have contingency plans ready only when something changes at the last second because we know where we are going. Buffalo is like New England; the weather there can change quickly. So we are prepared to deal with it. Will stay the way we need it to be, but if temperature is the only thing we’re dealing with, I wouldn’t expect it to change radically.”

Snow is expected in the forecast for the week before, but no more than an inch of snow is expected.

The Patriots haven’t played a game in the 2021-22 season as cold as it could be – their first matchup in Buffalo this year listed the temperature at 36 degrees. but they Have generally performed well in cold weather sports of late. Since the start of the 2018 season, the team has been 9-3 in games under 40 degrees and 2-0 in competitions colder than 30 degrees, according to Stathead. After all, New England has its share of cold snaps and snows, too.

Still, Buffalo is quite used to these conditions as well. Although Bills quarterback Josh Allen’s home division is slightly worse than his road stats, perhaps due to the weather, the Bills have won 11 of their 14 games in sub-40-degree games and 4 of such games this year. There are -1. The loss to the 13 Patriots is their only defeat that week.

The weather, McDaniels said, “is what it will be.” His crime is just to be executed.

“We have definitely played and practiced in cold weather. Maybe haven’t practiced in that kind of weather yet this year, but I’d say it’s been below 20 degrees at times. So that’s it… I don’t think the temperature really has anything to do with the passing game,” he said.

“It’s more of a mental thing than anything else. Our players are used to practicing and playing whatever the conditions are here in New England and we’re ready to go. Whatever God has for us on Saturday night.” Good too, we’ll be ready to go, and we’ll try to do the best we can to help us win the game.”

The McDaniels’ rookie quarterback, Jones, has shown he can throw the ball well in slippery conditions during the summer, but his hand was not tested in that first road meeting with the Bills. On top of that, he has struggled to throw the football in the best of conditions in three of his last four matches.

Although the Patriots will undoubtedly rely on the run game as much as they can against Buffalo, especially in the cold, Jones will have to bowl the ball this time around. If he stumbles again, New England’s season will be over.