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Breaking down NFL weather report for Colts vs. Bills, and what it means for fantasy and betting

The weather report can impact fantasy football and betting. We break down the important information you need to prepare for the Colts and Bills in the 2021 NFL Playoffs.

A general view of Bills Stadium before a game between the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 13, 2020 in Orchard Park, New York. Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

Friday night update: It should be perfect winter weather when the Indianapolis Colts take on the Buffalo Bills. The temperature around game time should be 35 degrees and partly cloudy. There will also be no precipitation and the winds will be blowing at 7 mph NW.

Playing football in Orchard Park, New York in January can be difficult. Walking to your mailbox in Orchard Park in January can also be difficult. The winds and freezing temperatures can put a damper on fantasy numbers, but that’s one reason the Buffalo Bills went after the strong arm of Josh Allen in the draft.

This Saturday, the Bills will host the Indianapolis Colts. We’ll get the young gun-slinging Josh Allen against the old, toe-hurting and dome-playing Philip Rivers. Rivers is tough as nails, but cold isn’t his usual playing weather.

Thankfully for Rivers and company, they won’t catch the brunt of a January Buffalo storm.

Orchard Park, New York Forecast: Saturday, 1/9, 1:05 ET

Temperature: 27 to 29 degrees
Wind: 5-7 mph
Sky: Mostly cloudy

Right now there is no precipitation in the forecast while the winds are light. The only trouble will be below freezing temperatures, which can impact passing, especially for the over-40 crowd.

Rivers doesn’t need to be a consistent deep passer in the Colts offense, so I think he should be okay, especially with running back Jonathan Taylor breaking out just at the right time.

The weather shouldn’t end up impacting fantasy or betting in this matchup. Maybe T.Y. Hilton doesn’t get perfect deep passes, but that’s nothing new at this point.

Helpful weather resources include National Weather Service and Dark Sky, among others.

Check back before kickoff for updates on these weather situations.