Updated: Sunday, 18 Dec 2011, 6:58 PM EST
Published : Sunday, 18 Dec 2011, 6:34 PM EST
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Bills' freefall in the standings hasn't cooled the spirit of fans in the parking lots around Ralph Wilson Stadium.
This is my first full Buffalo Bills football season here in Western New York, and I've been down to Ralph Wilson Stadium a couple times and have learned that Bills fans definitely take their tailgating seriously.
But when the winter comes, and the temperatures drop, I learned on Sunday that Bills fans take tailgating up a whole other level.
Bob Ertel of Buffalo said, "It was about 15 degrees this morning. We started a fire over there, kind of trying to warm up."
Ertel added, "I love the winter here. You've got to embrace it if you live in Buffalo you know what I mean?"
Jake Krezmien of Buffalo said, "In the morning, a few more layers, couple hoodies under here, a thermal, the standard trying to keep yourself warm stuff."
Some people differ on which time of year they prefer their football.
Chris Needman said, "I actually like it when it's warmer, being out in shorts and a t-shirt."
Looking around the different set ups, you learn people's menus vary depending on how many layers they're wearing.
"We have some hotdogs, steak that kind of stuff early and now we're cooking Jambalaya and warm food," said Kevin Beamer of Tonawanda.
"We've got some chicken wing soup on the burner over there," said Krezmien.
While it was cold this morning, plenty of fans have been through worse.
Mark Neff of Elma said, "It's more fun, it really is. It's not like the days when we were here playing Oakland in the playoffs, when we had to put our beers under the heaters in our car to thaw it out."
"Unfortunately the worse thing about being a Bills fan in the last 10-12 years in the winter time is usually our team is completely out of it," added Matt Weinert.
Weinert said, "We still have the tailgating and we get to see a lot of friends and we hang out, that's what it's about. It's about being with a group of people and having a good time."