How weather will impact this weekend's NFL games
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.
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.
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.