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NFL Weekend Weather

Divisional Round Weather Forecasts

by Connor Allen
Updated On: January 11, 2020, 4:11 pm ET

Interestingly enough, there are no games being played indoors for the Divisional Round which has led to some dicey weather forecasts. Before I dive in, be sure to check out John Daigle's Injury Report for all the latest updates.

 

Wind Worries

Minnesota at San Francisco (4:35 PM ET): The Vikings are coming off a stunning upset of the Saints in the wild card round as seven-point underdogs. They’ll now travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers as touchdown underdogs. 56-degree temperatures and clear skies shouldn’t cause any issues but the wind speeds are something to keep an eye on over the next few hours. Throughout the day we are looking at projected wind speeds of 10 MPH (10 AM), 16 MPH (1PM), 14 MPH (4PM) and 8 MPH. This means there isn’t much to worry about in this one.

Tennessee at Baltimore (8:15 PM ET): Ian Rapoport tweeted out this morning that it's expected to be a “sloppy game” with 15-25 MPH winds and a 90 percent chance of rain. I have legitimately no idea where he got that info but I’m going to go ahead and disagree. According to multiple other meteorologists’ wind speeds will be closer to 12-13 MPH with a 15 percent chance of rain. They also noted that it will get very windy and rainy overnight but either way, that won’t impact our game.  A lot of people seeing Ian’s tweet will likely overreact and pivot away from Lamar Jackson and the Ravens passing offense. Wind doesn’t have an impact on the game until wind speeds reach 15 MPH and even then it is miniscule. The real warning sign should be if wind speeds are above 20 MPH. That doesn’t look to be the case so I would play all fantasy options as you normally would.

Houston at Kansas City (3:05 PM ET):  Houston travels to Kansas City after pulling off an incredible comeback against the Bills in the Wildcard Round. Weather shouldn’t be a factor in this one but wind speeds could increase prior to game time. 32-degree temperatures will feel like 23 degrees with 11 MPH winds. Luckily there is only a two percent chance of precipitation otherwise this would definitely be a snow game. Unless wind speeds increase above 15 MPH there isn’t much to worry about.

 

Winter Warning

Seattle at Green Bay (6:40 PM ET): The Packers host the Seahawks as 4.5-point favorites at home. 23-degree temperatures are expected to feel like 15-degrees with a six MPH breeze. Skies are expected to be overcast but there’s a zero percent chance of precipitation. Considering this game is being played in Green Bay during January, both teams are lucky that it’s only cold. There’s nothing to worry about here.