Cold weather may not help Denver

December, 17, 2008
12/17/08
3:25
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

On paper, a chilly forecast should help the Broncos as they try to lock up their first AFC West championship in three years on Sunday.

All they need to do is win at home and the division crown is theirs.

The team will have the benefit of classic December football weather. The Denver forecast for Sunday is for very cold temperatures expected to be in the low teens at kickoff and to drop into the high single digits later in the game.

It all points to an advantage for the home team, right? Usually.

But the problem for Denver is that the visiting team Sunday will be the Bills. Yes, the team that plays in Buffalo.

The Bills will not be intimidated by this weather. Had the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Arizona Cardinals been the date, perhaps Denver would have an advantage.

But the Bills will be ready. Playing in 10 degree weather for the Bills is a lark.

Plus, if the weather gets nasty, the Bills can run the ball well. The Bills' Marshawn Lynch is ranked fourth in the AFC in rushing yards with 1,002 yards. Denver is the No. 27-ranked run offense in the league. It allows an average of 140.1 yards a game on the ground.

Thus, the ideal Denver football weather is also ideal Buffalo football weather. Don't expect Denver to have any intangible advantages as it tries to clinch the division crown.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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