The large storm front that hit the West coast over the last few days will be moving its way across the United States this weekend as the fantasy football world prepares for playoff matchups. By the time Sunday rolls around, this weather front will likely reach the middle of the country, with heavy rain making an appearance in the plains states, followed by snow and ice in the Rocky Mountain region. This pattern will leave both the West and East coast areas of the U.S. dry and reasonably warm for December, which will keep the large majority of Week 15 hosting NFL cities away from inclement weather.
Now, grab an umbrella and button up that rain jacket as we dig into the weather forecasts for each Week 15 NFL game.
Wet Weather Alert
New Orleans at Chicago (8:30 PM ET, Mon): Wet weather will move into the Chicago area on Monday as the large storm front occupying the middle of the U.S. moves toward the East coast. Soldier Field is expected to see 40 degree temperatures with a 60-70% chance of rain expected on Monday Night Football. Winds won’t be too high, with 11 mph gusts forecasted, so the precipitation should be the only concerning factor or this game. No drastic fantasy football lineup changes are required here, but the struggling New Orleans Saints offense will have a tough time bouncing back in poor weather on the road.
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Washington at NY Giants (1:00 ET): MetLife Stadium will see mostly sunny skies on Sunday as Eli Manning and the New York Giants host Washington in an NFC East matchup. Temperatures will be around 44 degrees with winds at 9 mph, so all fantasy options will be ready to roll in this game.
Miami at New England (1:00 ET): Sunday will bring pleasant weather conditions to the Northeast, with 40 degree temperatures and sunshine welcoming the Miami Dolphins to Gillette Stadium. Winds won’t be a factor in this game at just 8 mph, so Tom Brady and company can be started as usual.
Oakland at Kansas City (1:00 ET): Kansas City will look to end a three-game losing streak on Sunday as they host the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. The precipitation that will occupy the central part of the United States shouldn’t reach Kansas City until after the completion of this AFC West battle, so no major weather interference will be present. Temperatures will hover near 60 degrees along with cloudy skies and 12 mph winds.
Jacksonville at Baltimore (1:00 ET): The 2-11 Jacksonville Jaguars travel to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday to take on the Baltimore Ravens. The Jaguars will be welcomed by mild weather with cloudy skies, 11 mph winds, and 48 degree temperatures in the Baltimore area. All necessary fantasy options in this game can be trusted as normal.
Green Bay at Buffalo (1:00 ET): The Buffalo area will be chilly, but reasonably mild for December as the Bills host the visiting Green bay Packers at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Just a 20% chance of rain is in the forecast along with 37 degree temperatures and 11 mph winds. No major weather concerns will impact this game as the Bills attempt to slow down Green Bay’s sizzling hot offense.
Tampa Bay at Carolina (1:00 ET): Beautiful winter weather will be found in Charlotte on Sunday as the Carolina Panthers host the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Derek Anderson will take charge in Cam Newton’s absence, with sunny skies residing above Bank of America Stadium. Temperatures of 60 degrees and just 2 mph winds will provide comfortable conditions for this NFC South matchup.
Cincinnati at Cleveland (1:00 ET): Johnny Manziel will make his first NFL start at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday under cloudy skies with a 20% chance of rain. Temperatures will be around 44 degrees with 11 mph winds forecasted. No major weather interference will be present in this game as the nation’s eyes turn toward Cleveland to view the start of the “Johnny Football” era.
NY Jets at Tennessee (4:05 PM ET): Jake Locker will be back under center for the Titans on Sunday as they host the visiting New York Jets. Nashville area weather will be mild with temperatures in the 40’s and cloudy skies welcoming Geno Smith and company. Just 3 mph winds and a 10% chance of rain are forecasted for this game, so all required fantasy options can be trusted on Sunday.
Denver at San Diego (4:05 PM ET): The best Week 15 weather will be found at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Sunday as the Chargers host the Denver Broncos in a potential shootout. All fantasy options in this contest will be good to go with 65 degree temperatures and sunny skies in the forecast.
San Francisco at Seattle (4:25 PM ET): CenturyLink Field in Seattle will be dry on Sunday, with mostly sunny skies and 51 degree temperatures present for the second 2014 meeting between the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. Winds of just 8 mph won’t be a worry, so conditions will be perfect for Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl champions.
Dallas at Philadelphia (8:30 PM ET): The Eagles and Cowboys are set to face off on Sunday night in a crucial NFC East battle with huge playoff implications. Mother Nature will stay out of this game thankfully, with temperatures dipping into the upper 30’s under partly cloudy skies. Only a 10% chance of rain is forecasted for the Philadelphia area on Sunday night, so all fantasy options can be started as normal in this entertaining matchup.
Home Teams Are Dome Teams
Pittsburgh at Atlanta (1:00 ET)
Houston at Indianapolis (1:00 ET)
Minnesota at Detroit (4:25 PM ET)