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Clear and crisp for first kickoff at New Era Field Thursday

Autumn will be in the air when the Buffalo Bills kickoff their home opener at 8:25 p.m. Thursday at New Era Field in Orchard Park.

A bright, nearly full moon should be plainly visible rising southeast from about 15 degrees off the horizon in a nearly clear east-southeast sky.

The temperature will be about 63 degrees with low humidity and a light northeast breeze, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

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By the time Bruce Smith's jersey number 78 is retired at halftime, light winds will have shifted to the east and temperatures will start dipping into the upper 50s.

The thermometer will drop closer to the mid-50s for the walk out to the parking lot after the game and bottom out about 50 degrees even by dawn on Friday, forecasts show.


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