Bills left out of the cold

MIKE RUTSEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

Yesterday afternoon was wet, cold, raw and windy.

It was the type of weather that the Buffalo Bills feast on and their opponents dread.

But in two weeks time -- Dec. 7 to be exact -- the weather won't mean squat because the roof at the Rogers Centre will be shut tight and the Bills will be giving a whole lot of home-field advantage away when the Miami Dolphins come calling.

Way back when, maybe the NFL powers that be didn't figure the Dec. 7 date would be so pivotal to the Bills' playoff hopes.

Now, at 6-5 and in need of running the table to ensure a playoff spot, an indoor game in Toronto as opposed to being outdoors at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo must have the Dolphins dancing with glee.

Trent Edwards, the Bills quickly maturing quarterback, was at an autograph session yesterday at the Rogers Centre and conceded that the December elements definitely play in the Bills' favour at their home games.

"I thought about that," Edwards said. "Last year's game we played them in December in Buffalo and it started snowing and we beat them 38-17, I believe.

"I think a lot of that had to do with the weather conditions. We were able to get on them early, we had our home fans behind us and we scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to put us over the top.

"But that's (the game here) the cards we are dealt. We're just dealing with the situation and we'll have other factors that will allow us, hopefully, to win this football game."

This Sunday, the Bills, fresh off a rousing 54-31 road win at Kansas City, will entertain another lightweight in the San Francisco 49ers.

Then they have the Dolphins, who beat them 25-16 in Miami on Oct. 26, a loss that kick-started a four-game losing streak. Two of their final three games are road trips to New York and the hot Jets followed by Denver. They close at home against New England.

That's a lot of tough sledding, making a win Dec. 7 that much more essential.

"Statistically, we're not out and probably if we won all the games (remaining) we'd be in the playoffs," Edwards said.

"We were in the same situation last year (after beating Miami in the snow) and we lost to Cleveland, we lost to the Giants and we lost to the Eagles ... lost three right there and finished 7-9. We could just as easily have won those games and been in the playoffs, so we've been in this situation before."

The difference is they didn't give away a home date at a key time of the season to play at a neutral site.

'THAT'S THE SCHEDULE'

"That's what it says on the schedule. We're playing in Toronto, and the less you think about that and the less you complain about that, the better," Edwards said. "We're not playing at home and it's a good environment to play in and I know the Bills fans will show up. There's going to be more Bills fans than Dolphins fans, so we have that going for us. Obviously, we're not playing in Buffalo.

"It's going to be a tough divisional game for us that we're going to need to win. Hopefully, the Toronto Bills fans will show up for us."


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