BUFFALO, N.Y. – Since the Broncos are from Colorado, you might think they were a cold-weather team.
You’d be wrong.
Ever since their back-to-back Super Bowl wins of 1997-98, the Broncos have often frozen up in cold conditions. In the last 13 seasons, the Broncos have dropped nearly two out of three games when the thermometer doesn’t rise to or above 50 degrees.
Their record in games played with kickoff temperatures below 50 degrees since 1999 is just 19-36, a sharp contract to the 93-63 mark they hold when the mercury rises above that point.
Since 2008, the Broncos are 3-11 when the temperature is below 50 degrees, but are 25-23 when it is 50 or higher.
Saturday will mark the Broncos’ first game this year with kickoff temperature below 50 degrees. The forecast calls for a cool but benign Christmas Eve in Orchard Park, N.Y., with a temperature in the low 30′s (around 0 Celsius), partly sunny skies and light winds.