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Josh McDaniels explains how Raiders are preparing for negative temperatures in Pittsburg

Dec 21, 2022, 3:36 PM | Updated: 3:36 pm
Wide receiver Diontae Johnson #18 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball against cornerback ...
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Wide receiver Diontae Johnson #18 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball against cornerback Nate Hobbs #39 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the game at Heinz Field on September 19, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

When the Pittsburg Steelers and Las Vegas Raiders game kicks off Saturday evening, temperatures are expected to hover around -4 degrees. In fact, parts of the Midwest and East Coast are bracing for major winter storms.

Right now, as the Raiders get ready for Saturday’s game, they’re practicing in 60-degree weather in Las Vegas.

Prior to arriving in Las Vegas, coach Josh McDaniels spent 14 years in New England, where he played in many cold-weather, East Coast games late in the year. He explained Wednesday that the Raiders are preparing for the Steelers, not the weather.

“Our preparation is going to be solely focused on them [the Steelers]. If something in the weather would dictate – 50-mile-per-hour winds, or something like that – obviously you need to be ready to adjust accordingly,” McDaniels said. “And there’s a lot of things that would go into that, but clearly when you play in these kinds of games you have to be ready to do it. It doesn’t mean that you’ve got to go in and assume that those things are going to happen, but I think preparation the next few days is going to be important just in case we need to adjust.”

McDaniels went on to say he enjoys the challenge of competing in these kinds of games. He even tried to get the Raiders’ training facility to simulate the cold weather.

” I asked to see how cold we could get the indoor [facility]. They said it might shut the building down if we got it down to zero or 10 degrees,” McDaniels said with a laugh.

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