This weekend we have two games in the great outdoors and two under a roof. Weather is always worth looking into, as perfect conditions are better than not-so-perfect conditions but weather can often be overstated when trying to factor its impact on games, especially the fantasy statistics that come out of those games. Extreme weather will have an impact but quantifying what is extreme can be difficult.
The fantasy community usually uses 20 mph winds as the number to look for when downgraded a passing game, while rain and snow aren’t as impactful unless the wind is there as well. Of course, if a field has been saturated and gets torn up, it will slow down offenses. And if the rain comes down hard enough, it can be impossible to keep the ball from being a little slippery. And a lot can depend on how wind acts inside a stadium and how well the field was covered and drains. For the most part, we can feel good about playoff game fields in normal rain events.
The Eagles host the Seahawks in the late game on Sunday. There doesn’t look like we’ll have any precipitation, as the forecast calls for partly sunny skies. There is a slight, 20 percent, chance of precipitation late Sunday night, but it should be after the game is complete and the chance is so small that it likely would have no impact.
The high temperature for Sunday is forecasted to be 42 degrees with a fairly brisk wind ranging from 13 to 18 mph. That wind speed is the range NOAA predicts, but there are other outlets that have gusts hitting 25 mph. We should have a better idea of sustained wind and wind gusts as we close in on kick off and we will keep this post updated. If sustained winds move closer to 20 mph with gusts getting close to 30 mph, there will be a real risk of the passing game taking a hit.