WASHINGTON — Week 12 of the NFL could pose some weather threats. We have
already have seen the cancelation of the Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets game
in Buffalo on Sunday due to historic lake effect snows, only to be rescheduled
with the comfort of an indoor stadium at Ford Field in Detroit on Monday
night. For the rest of the NFL on Sunday, we are worrying about some rain that
could wreak havoc on a few games.
Starting in the west, a series of disturbances are affecting the Pacific
Northwest through the weekend. There is also a complex area of low pressure
traveling up the central portion of the United States on Sunday bringing
precipitation with it, as well as a warm front lifting north from the Mid
Atlantic to the New England area on Sunday into Monday. Lots of areas of
concern to watch for Sunday football.
Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles, “The Linc”: Rain will
spread in from the southwest, but AFTER the game. Temperatures will be mild on
Sunday (comparatively speaking from days past), topping out in the low to mid
50s for the game. Winds will not be a factor as they will be out of the south
at 5-10 mph under cloudy skies.
Detroit Lions at New England Patriots, Gillette Stadium:
Temperatures will start in the upper 40s at the start of the game, only to
rise into the low 50s by the fourth quarter. Clouds will increase as well
throughout the game. Winds will roll southwest at 5 mph (not an issue).
Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings, TCF Bank Stadium:
There could be some light rain showers/drizzle around on Sunday in the morning
and through gametime, but most of the precipitation will come later on Sunday
and into Monday as an area of low pressure intensifies over the Great Lakes.
Temperatures will top out around 40 degrees during the game with westerly
winds at 5-10 mph.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears, Solider Field: This is
the game to watch weather-wise. LOTS of rain will move through Chi-town on
Sunday as an area of low pressure lifts north out of the southern plains. Rain
could be heavy at times especially during the second half and toward the end
of the game. Rain will start off light but increase in intensity. Temperatures
will top out in the mid to upper 40s but with a very gusty southeast wind, it
will feel more like the lower 40s/upper 30s at times. Winds will be a factor
gusting up to 25 mph with sustained winds around 20 mph.
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink Field: A cold
front will move through the Pacific Northwest on Sunday after an already wet
start to the weekend (field will still be on the wet side). The timing of that
front looks to be in the late morning hours to the early afternoon. Rain
showers will move through as well with decreasing chances during the game. We
will have to watch the timing of this front to see if rain will impact the
game but it looks likely at this point. Winds will be a bit on the breezy
side, out of the southwest at 10-20 mph.
St. Louis Rams at San Diego Chargers, Qualcomm Stadium: Yup. It
is going to be perfect in San Diego: 70 degrees, all sunshine and a light wind
at 3-6 mph out of the northwest.
Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s Stadium: All
sunshine in the City by the Bay with temperatures nice and comfortable for
fall, in the lower to mid-60s. Winds will be west at 5-10 mph.
Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos, Sports Authority at Mile High:
Wind could be a factor in Denver with sustained northwest winds at 20
mph and gusts up to 30 mph. That of course will make the “feel like” factor in
the low 30s to mid-20s for much of the game as air temperatures will only top
out in the lower 40s to mid-30s. More clouds than sunshine, but I do believe
there will be both during the game.
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants, MetLife Stadium: A great NFC
East matchup between these rivalries set up for Sunday night. At this point,
most rain chances hold off until after midnight but there is a chance to have
some rain sneak in most likely after halftime moving in from the south. Rain
chances will increase at MetLife Stadium as a warm front lifts north, but only
in the 30% range during the third quarter and about a 40-50% range in the
fourth. The sun will set at 4:33 p.m. but clouds will increase keeping
temperatures in the upper 40s for most of the game with a light south wind at