In fact, early forecasts called for clear skies and temperatures in the 30s.
But what matters most is how the Dolphins play, and they'll need to snap a two-game losing streak to keep their hopes alive going against a Buffalo team that was mathematically eliminated from the playoffs last weekend.
What follows is a preview of the Dolphins-Bills matchup.
WHO: Miami Dolphins (8-6) vs. Buffalo Bills (6-8)
WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
WHERE: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, N.Y.
TV: CBS (Dick Enberg, play-by-play; Dan Dierdorf, analysis; Bonnie Bernstein, sidelines)
LINE: Bills by 1 1/2
NFL RANKINGS: Dolphins — 25th in the NFL in total offense, 16th in rushing offense, 27th in passing offense, 12th in total defense, 4th in rushing defense, 22nd in passing defense
Bills — 27th in the NFL in total offense, 19th in rushing offense, 28th in passing offense, 2nd in total defense, 7th in rushing defense, 4th in passing defense
COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (4th year with team); Bills, Gregg Williams (3rd year with team)
SERIES RECORD: The Dolphins lead 48-30-1
LAST FIVE MEETINGS: 2003 at Miami, Dolphins 17, Bills 7; 2002 at Buffalo, Bills 38, Dolphins 21; 2002 at Miami, Bills 23, Dolphins 10; 2001 at Miami, Dolphins 34, Bills 7; 2001 at Buffalo, Dolphins 34, Bills 27
INJURIES: Dolphins — FB Rob Konrad (concussion) is out; DT Tim Bowens (calf) and WR James McKnight (oblique/knee) are questionable; WR Chris Chambers (ribs), QB Jay Fiedler (knee), S Brock Marion (eye), Junior Seau (shoulder), DE Jason Taylor (ankle) and RB Ricky Williams (shoulder) are probable.
Bills — S Izell Reese (leg) is out/IR; TE Dave Moore (leg) and T Mike Williams (knee) are questionable.