“We expect them to handle them well because that’s what we expect from all our opponents: That they’ll perform at the highest level against us, so that’s what we have to get ready for.”
That’s what Bush is expecting from his teammates. Even though there will be long, heavy jackets hung over the Dolphins and seat heaters on the sideline. And even though an iconic piece of equipment remains on display not far from Gillette Stadium, a reminder of the teams’ most memorable cold-weather game: Dec. 12, 1982, when the Patriots won on a fourth-quarter field goal, 3-0, thanks to a swath of snow being removed from the field with a snow plow just before the kick.
The weather on Sunday will be cold. It might snow. This time of year, up here, it’s what the Dolphins expect. They’ll offer no excuses.
“You have to go out there and get it done. You don’t have a choice,” Bush said. “Obviously, it is going to be cold but you know that going into it, so you think about it early on and then during the game you forget about it. You just go play football.”