Week 1 NFL football weather report - Thursday night special

Weather could be a factor in Philadelphia.

These days there is so much fantasy football and gambling information available to the masses that it is tough to find information that really gives you an edge. Well I am here to hopefully change that for you.  How many of your opponents take the weather conditions into account when setting their lineups for the week? My guess is none. However you, yes you the discerning SportsMap reader will now have that information available to help you gain every fantasy point possible.

Each week I will be providing information on which games are likely to be impacted by adverse weather conditions that could have an affect on players or schemes.  I hope you will stop by each week so that on gameday you aren’t caught off guard to find your kicker is dealing with 30 mph winds or your receivers are playing in a snowstorm.

In order to provide them most accurate information you will likely find this piece on Fridays, however if there is weather likely to impact the Thursday night game you will find a Thursday Night Special Edition of this report covering that Thurdsay night game. So with that said….


Falcons @ Eagles – 7:20 p.m. (Central time) – Right off the bat we may see some weather issues affect the season opener. A front entering the Philadelphia region Thursday evening will bring a not-insignificant chance of rain and thunderstorms.  At the moment it appears the strongest storms may die down before reaching the stadium but light to moderate rain showers could still drift overhead an hour or two into the game. However, it is within the realm of possibility that storms get close enough to cause a lightning delay around kickoff time or slightly thereafter.  If some heavier rain does indeed reach the stadium it could make a bit of a mess of the natural grass field. A wet field coupled with the fact that it is the first game of the season could have a slightly negative impact on lower rung receivers. Wind does not look to be a significant impact for kickers. While the wind will be shifting directions with the passage of the front during the game speeds do not look to be noteworthy.

Check back tomorrow for information regarding the rest of the Week 1 games as the remains of Tropical Storm Gordon could make for some very wet conditions at a few game sites.

For more weather information and updates to the forecast, or if you have questions about specific games or players (including college football), find me on Twitter @stephenuzick.


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Nick Caserio's history of drafting injury prone players has become a problem. Composite Getty Image.

Nick Caserio was hired to serve as the general manager (GM) of the Texans on January 7, 2021. Some saw it as another nod to the organization's obsession with the Patriots. Others saw it as the team finally getting their guy after pursuing him previously. They were even hit with a tampering charge while trying to talk to him about the job. Since he's been on the job, there have been highs and lows.

Recently, the news about Kenyon Green and Derek Stingley Jr put a stain on his tenure. Green was placed on season-ending injured reserve (IR) and Stingley Jr is expected to be placed on IR, likely missing six to eight weeks, per Aaron Wilson. Both guys were Caserio's 2022 first rounders. Both guys are starting to look like busts and have fans a little more than just upset.

Green's case was curious because he was said to have needed surgery before he tore his labrum during the Saints preseason game. He had knee surgery this past offseason. There were knee injury concerns when he was coming out of A&M. Adding to his injuries, Green has played poorly. To make matters worse, the Chargers drafted fellow guard Zion Johnson two picks later. Johnson played all 17 games last season as a rookie at right guard and has moved to left guard this season. The pick used to draft Green was part of a trade back with the Eagles. They used the 13th overall pick to take Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis, a guy at a position this team could desperately use.

Stingley Jr was a highly touted recruit coming into LSU as a freshman. He played as well as any corner in the country that year. Oh, and they won a national title with arguably one of the best teams in college football history. His net two years in Baton Rouge were marred with injuries. Some believed his junior year was more him holding back to stay healthy for the draft. It worked because he was taken third overall, one spot ahead of Sauce Gardner. Gardner went on to be an All Pro as a rookie. While he's surrounded by more talent on the Jets' defense, people will forever link them because Stingley Jr hasn't lived up to expectations. He missed six games last season and is set to miss at least that many this season. When he has played, he's looked okay. “Okay” isn't what you want from a guy drafted third overall ahead of the other guy who was widely considered better than him.

For the 2021 draft, Caserio was handcuffed. He had no first or second rounders, and made a few trades that lessened his draft pool from eight to five picks. Of the five guys drafted that year, only Nico Collins seems to be a player. The 2022 draft was more productive. Although Green and Stingley Jr were the headliners and haven't played up to the hype, the others are carrying the load. Jalen Pitre and Dameon PIerce alone make that draft class dope. This past draft was seen as the one to save the franchise so to speak. Getting C.J. Stroud and Will Anderson Jr got the team a franchise quarterback and edge rusher with picks two and three overall. The price paid to move back up to three was hefty and puts more scrutiny on Anderson Jr. They appear, so far, to have also found a couple other nice players. Tank Dell being the hidden gem of this class.

While people can't, and shouldn't, base Caserio's performance strictly off of the guys he's drafted, one must call it into question. The '21 draft was a wash. The '22 draft looks suspect, but has some redeeming qualities. The '23 draft will most likely be his saving grace. But should it? Former Texans GM Rick Smith nailed almost every first rounder he drafted. Even he was almost run out of town because folks didn't like what he did. Why should Caserio be any different? So what if he cleaned up the mess by the previous regime! That's what he was hired to do!

“Keep that same energy!” That phrase is used when people try to hold others to different standards. Where's that energy everyone had for Bill O'Brien, Jack Easterby, Rick Smith, Gary Kubiak, David Culley, and Lovie Smith? When others weren't performing well, their heads were called for. I see some people holding Caserio accountable. For the most part, it appears as if he's getting a bit of a pass. I'll be interested to see if this continues should the team has another subpar season. If that pick they traded to the Cardinals is another top 10 pick and the Browns pick the Texans own isn't...if Green can't come back and/or Stingley Jr doesn't show any signs of being a lockdown corner...then what? Let's hope none of this comes to fruition. If it does, we'll have to revisit this conversation.

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