THE WEATHER REPORT

Weather conditions for key NFL, college football games this weekend

Aaron Rodgers will be in familiar surroundings. Andy Lyons

After a couple of weeks off the weather report is back this week.  I know you all missed me dearly. And speaking of misses, boy did I miss out on getting something written about that Washington-Washington State game before it started.  Well not to worry, I have some more snow for you this week. Lets get to that weather.

Bears @ Giants (12:00 PM Sunday): Temperatures will be comfortable, especially for this time of year, rising all the way into the mid to upper 50s.  The issue here will be rain. Some potentially heavy rain will be moving through Sunday morning. It looks like the bulk of it should be out of the area by game time, however it is close enough that we could still see some rain lingering during the early portions of the game.

Cardinals @ Packers (12:00 PM Sunday):  Ah December in Green Bay – and the conditions will be true to form here.  Temperatures will be in the mid to low 30s, so not that cold relatively speaking. But the issue here will be snow. It looks like snow could be falling throughout the game and pick up to be moderate to heavy at times.  In addition to the snow winds will be around 20 MPH gusting to 30 MPH. Probably not ideal for the dome team from the desert, not that they are any good at football anyway.

Panthers @ Buccaneers AND Colts @ Jaguars (12:00 PM Sunday): We’ll see typical Florida conditions at both of these games.  Temperatures will be near 80 degrees with about a 40-50% chance of some passing rain during the game.  Not looking for a deluge but it could be a bit damp at times.

Vikings @ Patriots (3:25 PM Sunday):  Temperatures here will be in the mid 40s, again not so bad for the northeast in December.  Similarly, to New York an area of rain will be moving through on Sunday. While the rain will linger a bit longer in the Boston area, the later start of this game will keep it from being a washout.  Look for rain to be possible early on with chances declining as the game goes on.

COLLEGE SPECIAL

Pac-12 Championship Game in Santa Clara, California

Utah vs. Washington (7:00 PM Friday): While California has received a nice drenching recently rain does not look to be in the cards here.  The only potential issue will be winds early on which could gust up to 20 MPH. After halftime though winds should die down.

ACC Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina

Clemson vs. Pittsburgh (7:00 PM Saturday): Rain looks likely here and could possibly be quite heavy at times. Additionally, the potential exists for a few thunderstorms, so a lightning delay isn’t totally out of the question here.

As always you can find me on Twitter @stephenuzick for any other weather questions you may have.

 

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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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