WEATHER OR NOT?

Week 3 NFL/select college football weather report

Week 3 NFL/select college football weather report
Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins will face the heat again. Miami Dolphins/Facebook

This weekend will see the country’s first good fall cool front move across the nation (but no, unfortunately it won’t make it all the way to Houston). As these fronts begin to become more frequent the weather will become volatile as they pass through. However this week impacts from the front look to be limited to just a couple of games. In addition to that there will also be the usual Florida trouble spots. Also, keep reading to the end for a College Football Special for a couple of games of local interest.  Lets jump to it:

Raiders @ Dolphins (12:00 PM Sunday) – The typical Miami issues look to be in play for this game.  The humidity will put the heat index in the mid to upper 90s. Some thunderstorms will be possible over the course of the game, with lightning being the main concern. Slight bump down to the defenses due to the heat but other than that no big position impacts.

DEF: ↓

Packers @ Redskins AND Broncos @ Ravens (12:00 PM Sunday) – Rain lingering behind the aforementioned cold front will be the primary issue at both of these games.  This will likely be a soggy afternoon with light rain being present for most of the game with pockets of some moderate rainfall moving through from time to time.  Overall winds shouldn’t be a huge issue, but there is the possibility that there could be a few gusts around 15 MPH which could cause a brief cross wind. Given the conditions I see the position impacts as follows:

RB: ↑

WR/TE: ↓↓

K: ↓

DEF: ↑

Steelers @ Buccaneers (7:15 PM Monday) – As of now it looks like the heat index will be around 90 degrees for this game and some rain may be possible. However it is still a bit too far out to make a good call on rain here yet.  If something looks concerning I will post an update.

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TCU @ Texas (3:30 PM Saturday) – There is a good chance this will be a wet affair. Rain is very likely for at least the early portion of the game, but it could linger throughout the afternoon.  Overall rain will be light to moderate but there may be a few pockets of heavy rain that move through and a couple of lightning strikes that could possibly cause an issue.

Texas A&M @ Alabama (2:30 Saturday) – I don’t think that even a hurricane could change the likely outcome of this game. But if you plan to bet you may want to note that while no rain is forecast, it will be a sweltering afternoon with the heat index around 100 degrees throughout the game. While both teams should be relatively well acclimated to heat it can still take a toll over the course of the game. If I had to bet, I would say A&M would see the defensive drop off first though.

For more information on these or any other games, or if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @stephenuzick.


 

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The Astros rotation looks like a strength moving forward. Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Astros are coming off a much-needed series win over the White Sox, but have a quick turnaround as they host the Orioles on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The 'Stros dropped the first game of the series with Framber Valdez on the mound, but were able to rebound with Hunter Brown and Spencer Arrighetti starting the final two games.

Brown was brilliant once again, and Arrighetti bounced back after a disastrous start against the Tigers over the weekend. Despite all the injures to the Astros staff this season, their young pitchers are stepping up when they need them the most.

Brown has six consecutive quality starts and is beginning to show signs that he can be the top of the rotation pitcher the club always hoped he could develop into.

Arrighetti has stepped in and shown that he belongs in the big leagues, and has provided innings Houston desperately requires with so many pitchers on the injured list.

Speaking of which, with Justin Verlander on the IL, Double A prospect Jake Bloss will make the start for Houston on Friday night. Bloss has quickly progressed through the farm system, having been drafted just a year ago.

We'll see how he performs in his MLB debut, but the club seems to have a lot of quality pitching options moving forward, especially with Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers scheduled to return in late July and early August respectively.

And as we look at the Astros rotation moving forward, perhaps they will go back to a six-man rotation during certain stretches in the second half of the season.

Which could prove to be vital to the team's success. As good as Ronel Blanco has been, he's never pitched as many innings as he'll be asked to pitch this year. Same goes for Arrighetti. And let's face it, sending Verlander out to pitch on four days rest consistently at 41 years old doesn't sound like a wise decision. He's already been on the IL twice this year.

While some see Garcia and McCullers as wild cards to help the team this season, Astros GM Dana Brown doesn't see it that way. He told the Astros flagship station this week that he's counting on those guys to make big contributions when they return. And he's counting on their postseason experience should they get there.

Keep in mind, Garcia has a 3.61 career ERA and has been durable outside the Tommy John surgery. And McCullers has always been good, it's just the health that causes concern.

Garcia is also an example of how a player can skip Double A and Triple A and have success right away in the big leagues. Hopefully, Bloss can follow in his footsteps, since he's bypassing Triple A to make his first start.

So what's the short and long-term outlook for the Astros rotation? And should we expect Verlander to return in 2025?

Be sure to watch the video above as we address those questions and much more!

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