Lamar Jackson is headed to Buffalo with the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday for their divisional playoff game against the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo is known for its wings, its dedicated fans, and the one thing Jackson knows he can’t really prepare for: snow.
Jackson has never quarterbacked a game in the snow. Growing up in Florida, he’d never even seen snow until he was in Louisville for college.
“I never got to play in the snow, except my first time seeing snow in Louisville, but we had a snowball fight, so that’s totally different from playing in it. Yeah, that definitely will be my first time playing football in the snow Saturday. If it does. Hopefully it don’t.”
There’s no comparison between having a snowball fight and playing an entire game in the snow, which Jackson clearly knows. Snow games are notorious for slippery conditions and vision issues, which is difficult to deal with even for players who have snow experience. Playing with frozen white stuff flying everywhere will be completely alien for Jackson. Unless he can find a ski resort with a snow machine he can practice with, it’ll be something he can’t really prepare for.
As of Wednesday, the Weather.com forecast for Orchard Park, New York on Saturday night shows a 49 percent chance of precipitation, with “rain and snow in the evening transitioning to snow showers late.” That’s not great news for Jackson, who probably wants his first snow game to happen during the regular season and not in the playoffs when his team will be eliminated if they lose.
However, winter weather can change in an instant, especially in the Buffalo area. Until game time on Saturday, Jackson might want to set some weather alerts on his phone.
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