Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman got in some quality practice inside Ralph Wilson Stadium on Thursday, when winds were blowing at about 25 mph. That’s about what they’re forecast to blow for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets in Orchard Park.
“You know me, I’m always checking Weather.com about 60 times a day,” Moorman said Friday about the game-day forecast. “We go out there every week, at least one day a week in the stadium. We went out Thursday. It was pretty windy, so it was great.”
Winds could gust up to 30 mph on Sunday, which figures to make passing and punting more challenging. Moorman will be playing his 185th game as a Bill, so he’s well versed in the Orchard Park weather.
“You just try and stick with your technique and form,” he said. “If the wind blows it after you drop it, there’s nothing you can do. You try to make the best kick you can, and if it doesn’t work out you have to move onto the next one. You can’t control it. You hope the next time it doesn’t move on you. I check the weather all the time, I look at the wind, all that stuff, but I know deep down you can’t change it.”
The Bills avoided a local television blackout when owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. ensured the purchase of the remaining tickets, probably about 3,500, by Friday’s deadline. Wilson donated proceeds from all remaining tickets to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Bills will host a number of on-field initiatives during the “Salute to Service” game to honor members of our Armed Forces.
The New York National Guard will unfurl and unveil a full-field American flag before the game. The Guard also will conduct a live oath reaffirmation ceremony on-field at halftime. The Bills will host 10 members of each of the five military branches – Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard – on-field prior to kickoff.
Bills receiver Stevie Johnson was ruled out due to his groin injury. The Bills will go with T.J. Graham, Marquise Goodwin, Marcus Easley and Chris Hogan as their four receivers. Safety Da’Norris Searcy (hamstring) is probable. The Jets’ top receiver, Santonio Holmes (foot), is probable.