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Snowbirds flying to South Beach for their Buffalo Bills in Week 18

It’s likely there will be more Bills fans in Hard Rock Stadium for ‘Sunday Night Football’

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Buffalo Bills v Miami Dolphins Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

The weather outside hasn’t been all that frightful in Buffalo Bills country. We’ve passed the winter solstice and most of Western New York has somehow been fortunate enough to avoid a major snowstorm to this point. While that doesn’t help places such as Holiday Valley, where they turn to artificial snow during a dry spell, it has helped many avoid the winter blues.

But things appear to be headed for a change this weekend. Much of the Northeast is expected to finally see its first significant storm of the season, which makes the Bills playing a game in Miami all the more appealing to those with an aversion to snow.

According to Vivid Seats and its fan forecast, better than half the tickets being sold are going to fans of the Buffalo Bills. According to Vivid Seats, there is a 52% to 48% ratio in favor of Bills fans. The Miami Dolphins’ home turf, Hard Rock Stadium, has a seating capacity of 64,767 — which, if the ratio holds, would equate to around 33,679 Bills fans.

True, the idea of people from northern states heading south for winter is nothing new — nor is the idea of Bills Mafia being well-represented in Hard Rock Stadium. Bills country has flocked to the home of the Dolphins for decades. But better than half of tickets going to the visiting team’s fan base? Well done, Bills Mafia!

The Miami Dolphins have dealt with a significant amount of injury adversity in recent weeks, plus wide receiver Tyreek Hill is now picking up the pieces following a multi-room fire at his estate early this week. Have the injury concerns and the team having only won one game against another team with a winning record caused Dolfans to lose confidence? It would be telling, if true. The Dolphins are currently first in the AFC East, and in possession of the second seed in the AFC. They play extremely well at home (7-1), and they have a deep roster full of very talented players.

Bills fans understand the injury struggle. Beginning in Week 5, it appeared as though a never-ending list of defensive players were being lost, and too many for the remainder of the season. Instead of caving to the chaos, the team and their fans rallied around the age-old adage of “next man up” — and it paid off. Now, with many players returning to the fold and so many depth players gaining an incredible amount of unexpected experience, Buffalo’s defense may be in a better place than imagined.

So scream loud, Bills Mafia. Let those who’ve cast doubt about the team’s season hear your voices from every corner of Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday night. Show the world the advantage a rabid fan base is for its team.

No one travels like Bills Mafia!