The Bills are training ahead of their Chiefs game, unaffected by snow or a driving prohibition.

The Bills are training ahead of their Chiefs game, unaffected by snow or a driving prohibition.

 

The ever-resourceful Bills have become accustomed to Mother Nature throwing a snowball or two into their schedule.

 

The Bills are training ahead of their Chiefs game, unaffected by snow or a driving prohibition.

It happened in 2022, when a major storm forced the Bills into relocating their home game against Cleveland to Detroit. It happened again last weekend, when a winter storm led to Buffalo’s playoff-opening 31-17 win against Pittsburgh being moved from Sunday to Monday.

On Wednesday, neither frigid blowing winds, the prospect of another 2 feet of snow being dumped on the region nor an Erie County-imposed travel ban could prevent the Bills (12-6) from showing up for practice in preparation to host the Kansas City Chiefs (12-6) in a divisional round playoff game on Sunday night.

The storm is not expected to impact the game, with Sunday’s forecast calling for no precipitation, with partly cloudy skies and a low of 11 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-12 Celsius). And snow removal crews were already busy at the stadium clearing parking lots and concourses.

More important for the Bills was not losing a day of meetings and practice during an already shortened week following a Monday game, and with the Chiefs rested after their 26-7 win against Miami on Saturday night.

“The sport thrives on routine,” center Mitch Morse said. “Just to be able to have an opportunity to work it in person, that’s great. It’s just so hard to do sometimes over Zoom.”

At the Bills facility, defensive tackle Ed Oliver has become adept to dealing with Buffalo storms. From Houston, Oliver said he now owns a tractor with a snowblower attached to the front, which he can direct from the driver’s seat.

“I knew it was coming,” the fifth-year player said, referring to the storm. “We’ve been spared up until this point and then, all of a sudden in typical Buffalo fashion, it decides it’s gonna snow for the next week or two.”

The wintry weather is new to rookie guard O’Cyrus Torrence, who’s from Greensburg, Louisiana, and split his college career between Louisiana-Lafayette and Florida.

“It’s a job. You gotta make sure you wake up early in the morning and see how bad it is and give yourself time to clean out and get ready,” said Torrence, who woke up an hour earlier than normal to make sure he could make it to practice. “I’d be lying if I said I’m accustomed to it.”