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Sean McDermott’s shocking decision for Josh Allen, Bills ahead of matchup vs. Patriots

Bills, Patriots, Sean McDermott, Josh Allen, AFC Wild Card

The Buffalo Bills are looking to survive another day as they face the New England Patriots on Saturday in the AFC Wild Card game. Josh Allen and company will play on the road, where they had a 5-3 record in the regular season.

But facing the Patriots at Gillette Stadium poses an entirely different challenge. The Bills could be playing under brutal conditions as the temperature forecast on Saturday is reportedly at a single digit. But instead of finding ways to acclimatize to the punishing cold, Bills coach Sean McDermott chose to keep his boys warm on Wednesday’s practice, according to a report by Heavy.

With the Bills set to take on the New England Patriots in what could be the coldest game in franchise history, McDermott decided to give his players a break from the cold and held the team’s practice indoors on Wednesday. That decision is drawing some criticism, especially after Patriots head coach Bill Belichick made the opposite call for his players.

McDermott is a pretty successful coach, having won two NFC titles, so it’s hard to question his tactics. But it does make a ton of sense for him to make the Bills train in cold conditions to prepare for the Patriots.

It doesn’t bode well for the Bills as well that Allen recently admitted that he’s not comfortable playing in frigid temperatures. His counterpart, Patriots rookie Mac Jones, on the other hand, has adjusted pretty well.

Well, so far, it seems McDermott has given the issue a—wait for it—cold shoulder.