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Patriots will play Bills in wild weather including snow and gusts of 55 mph


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Mac Jones will have to face serious weather conditions.

A Buffalo Bills flag flies in the wind above parked trailers in front of Highmark Stadium. Joshua Bessex for the Boston Globe

The weather for the pivotal Patriots vs. Bills showdown on Monday looks delicious, if you like cold temperatures, snow and high winds.

For everyone else – including Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, who grew up in Florida and went to college in Alabama – conditions could be a challenge. Still, the swirling snow in the lights of Highmark Stadium makes for a good video, as evidenced by Twitter feeds from almost all members of the media present.

The weather should continue to snow with howling wind throughout. Wind should at 25-35 mph, with gusts that could reach 55 mph.

Jones could be seen warming up before the game. Indeed (as we can see at the end of the video), throwing a soccer ball looks like a major challenge.

Jones was asked last week if he expected cold weather to be a problem.

“Not really, we’re riding in similar conditions and it will keep getting colder,” Jones said. “I like that we can train outside and then it’s going to happen a lot more and it will be a lot colder.”

He added that playing in bad conditions is “a state of mind thing”.

“Coach Belichick always tells us to get what you need and be prepared and then not to complain about it because that is what it is,” Jones said. “It’s just a state of mind. Obviously it’s going to get worse and we’ll continue to understand and work on it. “

Bill Belichick said the team isn’t really preparing for the weather.

“We haven’t seen a lot of snow this year, but I don’t know what we could do about it,” he said. “We practice in the wind. We practice on sunny days, cloudy days, windy days, calm days, hot days, cold days, wet days, dry days. What is it gonna be? Whatever it is, it is, and if we haven’t, then we’ll adapt to it. We handled almost everything.



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