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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton appears to whistle along as a Fats Domino song is played during an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. The team honored musician Fats Domino who died Tuesday.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

The New Orleans Saints will get a taste of winter on Sunday. 

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures at New Era Field in Buffalo are supposed to be in the low 40's, with a high of 42 and a slight chance of rain. 

Colder than the Saints have played in a while, to be sure, but nothing frigid.

"It'll be a colder game than we've played, but we've played in cold-weather games, and this week, it couldn't have been better here," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "I think they're calling for low-40's, nine-mile-an-hour, eight-mile-an-hour wind, which is probably less than what we've had here."

The National Weather Service actually projects the wind at three to six miles an hour, even better for the Saints. 

As much as cold weather is talked about, the real weather condition that can throw off a team's game plan is the wind.

"Wind; it's like golf," Payton said. "Wind, at times, and then obviously, heavy rain." 

New Orleans has already played in a few chilly and wet conditions. Temperatures in Green Bay were in the high 50's, but there was also rain at Lambeau Field, which made the football and the grass slick. 

"It can affect us in a lot of ways," wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. said. "It can affect us in the passing game, it can affect us in the running game, it can affect us in anything, the return game. You've just got to be on your p's and q's."

New Orleans won't have to worry about its cleats this time. Instead of the grass surfaces of Wembley Stadium or Lambeau, Buffalo's New Era Field has FieldTurf. 

All it comes down to is handling temperatures that will be a little colder than the Saints have been practicing in the past week. 

"Each game has its challenges, whether it’s the weather conditions, whether it is the team that you are playing, whether it is the environment, the situation," quarterback Drew Brees said. "Bottom line, you prepare yourself the best you can."

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