At 10-3, the Dallas Cowboys have to keep churning out wins to keep their aspirations of reclaiming the NFC East title alive. There's even an outside shot that the Cowboys can nab the No. 1 seed, but they need some help along the way.
It all starts with beating Josh Allen and the Bills on Sunday. When the schedule was released in April, folks viewed this as a daunting matchup for Dallas. Not only is Buffalo a good team (when it wants to be), but playing in Buffalo in mid-December? In likely hellacious weather conditions? Good luck.
As it turns out, luck might be on the Cowboys side this weekend. Per Patrik Walker of DallasCowboys.com, Sunday's forecast calls for a high of nearly 45 degrees, a 90% chance of precipitation (rain, not snow!) and winds as high as 15 miles per hour.
No, Cowboys fans, you're not being punk'd.
Week 15 weather report for Cowboys vs Bills is shockingly beneficial for Dallas
"No wintry mix" is the key.
Forecasts can change on a dime, as we're likely all aware, but Cowboys fans couldn't have asked for a better weather report for Sunday. The Bills haven't played at home since Week 11 -- back on Nov. 19 -- and the conditions for that game were messy. There was a 71% chance of rain with wind gusts as high as 31 mph.
It rained sporadically throughout the game, but it just goes to show the unpredicable nature of Buffalo's climate.
Perhaps a better example to highlight said unpredictable nature would be the Bills' Week 15 home game last season, which is almost exactly a year to the date of Sunday's game. Getting set to face the Dolphins, Buffalo was hit with a vicious snowstorm. Highmark Stadium was covered in roughly 10 inches of snow.
Here are some pictures of the stadium before kickoff.
Mind you, this came after the Bills had a game relocated to Detroit in late-November after a storm brought two feet of snow to Orchard Park. Again, Buffalo is subject to fiendish winter storms. This could have easily been the Cowboys' fate, and many thought it would be when the schedule was first released.
Advantage Buffalo in that scenario given they're used to playing in those conditions. Now, though? The playing field is literally and figuratively level.
There still might be an adjustment period for Dak Prescott in terms of throwing in the wind and the team in general if the turf is slippery. But even if winds pick up and rain falls throughout the game, weather won't be a viable excuse for the Cowboys.