How weather will impact this weekend's NFL games

Antonio Brown and the Steelers will have to deal with rain. Joe Sargent/Getty Images

As we head into Week 8 wind will be the issue of the day on Sunday.  While it does not make for as much entertainment as rain and snow do it arguably has a larger affect on games than any other condition. The wind blowing across the central plains on Sunday may even be enough to disrupt the seemingly unstoppable Chief’s offense.  Keep reading to see which games this week will see the most weather impacts.

Jets @ Bears – Rain will be passing through the Chicago area Sunday morning but by kickoff most of it should have moved out, however a few lingering showers early are not totally out of the question. The main issue here though will be wind.  Winds are forecast to be at about 20 mph with some gusts up to 30 mph which will likely put a damper on some deeper passes as well as the kicking game.

QB: ↓

RB: ↑

WR: ↔

TE: ↑

K: ↓↓

Broncos @ Chiefs – Sunday looks to be a beautiful day in Kansas City but this game has made this list because of the wind. For the past couple of days models have been showing winds potentially gusting up to 40 MPH, however today they have backed off some and brought wind speeds down to about 20mph with gusts to 30. Given what was shown a little earlier this week though I wouldn’t rule out some stronger winds that push 40 MPH.  Winds that high will pose a huge issue for kickers and the passing offense. Patrick Mahomes may have a cannon of an arm but even his deep throws will probably be affected with that kind of wind.

QB: ↓↓

RB: ↑↑

WR: ↓

TE: ↑

K: ↓↓↓

Browns @ Steelers – A good ol’ cold and wet AFC North battle here.  In case you forgot, the first meeting between these teams this year was played in a rain storm and thanks to missed field goals ended in a tie.  Well here we are for Round 2 and it looks like rain will be present again. While it should not be a heavy and consistent as the rain was during their first game it will likely still be a bit wet.  On top of that temperatures will be in the mid 40s, making for a rather raw afternoon. It will probably be more miserable for the fans in the stands than anything but the cold temperatures and possibly wet field could have a negative impact on kicking.

QB: ↔

RB: ↑

WR: ↔

TE: ↑

K: ↓↓


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Houston gets the lopsided win

Valdez, Astros dominate the Angels in 10-0 rout in Anaheim

Framber Valdez was dominant against the Angels on Monday night. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

With a series win at home over the weekend, the Astros started their final regular-season road trip on Monday, squaring off against the Angels in Anaheim. They held the momentum firmly in their favor all night, dominating both sides of the game to start the series with a victory.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 0

Astros' Record: 89-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (11-5)

Losing Pitcher: Jaime Barria (2-4)

Siri leads off with a bang

With Jose Altuve being given the night off, Houston gave Jose Siri a shot at the leadoff spot, and he delivered to start the opener in Anaheim. He launched a missile to left field, 426 feet, to put the Astros in front 1-0 before the Angels could record an out. Later that same inning, they strung together three singles, the third being an RBI by Carlos Correa to double the lead.

Valdez goes seven shutout innings

That gave Framber Valdez a lead to work with as he stepped on the rubber in the bottom of the inning, and he didn't give it up as he would post a dominant start. He started with a 1-2-3 first, worked around a couple of singles in the second, then used a double play to face the minimum in the third.

He retired Los Angeles in order again in the fourth, stranded a two-out single in the fifth and a single and a walk in the sixth. He had his worst inning of the night in the seventh, giving up a leadoff single then loading the bases on back-to-back two-out walks. He'd escape the jam, though, keeping the shutout alive and finalizing his impressive line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 98 P.

Astros take the opener in lopsided fashion

Houston tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth, getting a one-out double by Correa to set up an RBI single by Marwin Gonzalez, pushing the lead to 3-0. Things escalated from there, as another single put two on base for Martin Maldonado, who blew the game open with a three-run homer to make it a six-run lead.

Brooks Raley took over for Valdez in the bottom of the inning, and with a 1-2-3 inning, made it his eighth appearance in a row without allowing a run. The Astros didn't let up in the top of the ninth, getting two hits and a walk to load the bases before a grand slam by Gonzalez made it 10-0 and gave him 5 RBI in a two-inning span. Seth Martinez, called up by the Astros earlier in the day, made his big-league debut in the bottom of the ninth and closed out the lopsided win to put Houston's magic number at 6.

Up Next: The second of this four-game set will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Tuesday. Jose Urquidy (7-3, 3.38 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, going opposite Packy Naughton (0-2, 4.32 ERA) for the Angels.

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