WEATHER REPORT

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 loses first game to Oakland

A's end losing streak against Astros with late homers

Lance McCullers Jr. went five innings of one-run ball Friday night. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

After maintaining their stronghold against the A's in Thursday's home opener, the Astros had the chance to lock up the three-game series victory against Oakland with a win on Friday night. On the mound, Lance McCullers Jr. hoped to improve upon his first start against this same team, a five-inning one-run outing.

Instead, he would have the same outcome, once again lasting five innings while allowing one run, before a big tie-breaking home run late in the game would push Oakland out of their losing skid against the Astros.

Final Score: A's 6, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-2, tied for first in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Yusmeiro Petit (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (1-1)

McCullers Jr. makes it through five

McCullers Jr. looked sharp through the first three innings, allowing just two baserunners, one on a second-inning single, then a walk in the third. Oakland did better against him the second time through their order in the fourth, with Jed Lowrie leading the inning off with a solo home run to put Oakland in front 1-0.

They went on to load the bases with one out on an error and two walks, but McCullers would strand them all. He returned for the fifth, a much cleaner inning where a caught stealing by Martin Maldonado would help him face just three batters. His final line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 88 P.

Oakland gets homer-happy to even the series

McCullers Jr. would leave the game without being eligible for the winning or losing decision, as an RBI-groundout by Kyle Tucker in the fourth would have it tied 1-1. Bryan Abreu was the first out of Houston's bullpen, and he would attempt to eat up multiple innings. He had perfect innings in the sixth and seventh, retiring six A's in order to maintain the stalemate.

Abreu remained in the game in the top of the eighth, allowing a single before getting a strikeout, ending his run as Dusty Baker would bring in left-handed Blake Taylor. Taylor would give up a single against his first batter, then a loud go-ahead three-run home run to Matt Olson to push the A's back in front 4-1. They'd add two more insurance runs off of Joe Smith in the top of the ninth, getting a two-run home run by Mark Canha to extend the lead to 6-1.

Oakland's bullpen would hold on to the newly created lead, allowing just one run on a sac fly by Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth, finally ending their losing streak against Houston and setting up the rubber game on Saturday to be for the series victory.

Up Next: This series's finale will be a Saturday afternoon start, with first pitch scheduled for 3:05 PM. For the Astros, Jose Urquidy (0-0, 4.15 ERA) will look to get a win on the board, while Oakland will hand the ball to Frankie Montas (0-1, 23.63 ERA).

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