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The NFL weather report (with a bonus update on what will happen in Houston)

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers should have an advantage. Photo credit: Andy Lyons

Despite a large storm system working its way across the south this weekend most NFL games will be spared impacts as the majority will be played safely away from the action. However, there are still a few games worth highlighting from a weather perspective with some being due to the conditions and others being because of the participants.

Falcons @ Packers (12:00 PM Sunday): Your 2018 Disappointment Bowl. Honestly the weather won't be too bad for December in Green Bay with the temperature in the mid to upper 20s, a windchill in the upper teens and no precipitation. However, I am spotlighting this game because of the Falcons. The Falcons have played 8 of their 12 games this season in a dome and the last outdoor cold weather game they played they lost to the Browns. Yes the Falcons are having a disappointing year and the Browns are improved but I still think the weather played a role. I wouldn't be too high on Atlanta on the frozen tundra.

Patriots @ Dolphins (12:00 PM Sunday): For some reason South Florida is like the Bermuda Triangle for the Patriots. While it won't be terrible, the weather won't be fully cooperative on Sunday. Temperatures will be in the mid 80s with some scattered rain showers. The rain shouldn't be too bad, but winds will be at about 15 MPH and gust to about 20 throughout the game.

Saints @ Buccaneers (12:00 PM Sunday): The cold front associated with the storm system moving across the southern US this weekend should be approaching the Tampa area around game time on Sunday. This is going to bring wind gusts up to 25 MPH during the game as well as some rain. While there may be some scattered rain ahead of the front, I think the bulk of it will come in a thin line along the front probably sometime in the first half. The rain in that line could be heavy and have some thunder with it but it should not last very long and will clear fairly quickly.

Rams @ Bears (7:20 PM Sunday): The weather will be clear but it will be cold. The temperature will be around 30 degrees at kickoff and will fall into the mid 20s during the game with windchills in the upper teens. I am highlighting this game only because of how the Rams may be impacted. They did win in the snow earlier this year in Denver, but these cold temperatures are still a concern for a Southern California team.

Local Weather Update:

As I am sure you all have heard by now heavy rain is expected this evening (Friday night) into Saturday morning. Be weather aware if you are going out tonight as street flooding is possible. Please don't be a dummy and drive into high water, especially after dark. A good rule of thumb is if you can't see the curb do not drive through.

If you have any questions about the games or the storm this weekend you can find me on Twitter @stephenuzick.

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The losing streak continues

Mariners get walk-off win over short-staffed Astros

Alex De Goti had an impressive debut. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

After a brutal homestand capped off by losing five players to the IL for health and safety protocols, the once 5-1 Astros brought their now 6-6 record to T-Mobile park in Seattle to try and right the ship. They'd have to do it with new and young players in the lineup using the "next man up" mentality to get some wins against the first-place Mariners.

Though the young bats would work themselves into a lead most of the night, Houston's bullpen wouldn't be able to hold the Mariners down, with Seattle ultimately walking things off in the ninth.

Final Score: Mariners 6, Astros 5

Astros' Record: 6-7, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Anthony Misiewicz (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (0-1)

After a quiet start, Houston gets three in the fifth

After cruising through the Astros through the first four innings, allowing only a walk over that span, Houston was able to put up a big inning against Yusei Kikuchi in the top of the fifth. Carlos Correa notched the first hit of the night, followed by a walk by Taylor Jones to put two on base.



That brought Alex De Goti, making his major-league debut, to the plate and, in his second career at-bat, would get his first hit and RBI, bringing in Correa from second on a single. A second run would come on the same play on a throwing error, then Chaz McCormick made it a three-run inning with an RBI-double, putting Houston out front 3-0.

Urquidy comes an out shy of a quality start

Meanwhile, Jose Urquidy was doing well through five innings. On track for a much-needed quality start, the Mariners would tag him in the bottom of the sixth, getting three-straight hits to bring in two runs to lead off the frame and leaving a runner on second base with no outs.

Urquidy would rebound to get the next two batters on strikeouts, but at 90 pitches and with a left-handed hitter up next, Dusty Baker would bring in lefty Brooks Raley to try and get out of the inning with the one-run lead intact. Raley would do his job, putting Uruidy's line final: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 90 P.

Teams trade two-run seventh innings

The young bats for Houston struck again in the top of the seventh, with Jones and De Goti leading it off with back-to-back singles before Jason Castro would load the bases with a walk. With two outs, Aledmys Diaz would push the lead back to three with a two-RBI single, making it 5-2.

With Raley out after facing his one batter, next out of Houston's bullpen was Bryan Abreu to help maintain Houston's lead. Instead, he would give up two runs on two hits and a walk while getting just two outs before Baker moved on to Blake Taylor, who would get the last out of the seventh with Houston hanging on to a one-run lead at 5-4.

Mariners get the walk-off win

Taylor remained in the game in the bottom of the eighth, and after getting an out, would allow a game-tying solo home run to Evan White before injuring himself trying to field an infield single. Ryne Stanek entered and finished off the eighth, sending the tie game to the ninth.

After Houston came up empty in the top half, Stanek remained in the game in the bottom of the ninth, attempting to force extras. Back-to-back walks ended Stanek's night, with the Astros hoping Ryan Pressly could bail them out. He couldn't, though, giving up the walk-off hit as the Mariners would take the opener, 6-5.

Up Next: Game two of this three-game set will start an hour earlier on Saturday, with first pitch at 8:10 PM Central. Zack Greinke (1-1, 4.08 ERA) will try to rebound from a poor start his last time out for the Astros, while the Mariners will hand the ball to Chris Flexen (1-0, 4.50 ERA).

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