With Hurricane Joaquin now safely in the rear-view mirror, the weather on the East coast has stabilized and the football world will be granted a rain-free Week 5. The precipitation falling in the Southeast United States on Saturday will drift away from the coast before our precious Sunday kickoffs arrive, leaving dry and warm climates for all hosting NFL cities this week as the vast majority of the country moves into unseasonably warm temperatures to begin the work week. With torrential downpours, wind, and snow creeping ever closer as the calendar flips to winter months, let’s enjoy this Sunday of NFL action with no direct impact from Mother Nature. Lather up with some sunscreen and grab your shades as we travel through the Week 5 schedule and look at the details of each game’s weather forecast.
These games have no major weather interference forecasted this week but be sure to stay tuned to Rotoworld’s player news page on Sunday morning for last minute updates from around the NFL.
Chicago at Kansas City (1:00 PM ET): The Chicago Bears will hit the road for the second time this season as they travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Each team in this contest will be looking for win number two on the season, and the conditions will be nearly perfect for Jay Cutler and Alex Smith to go to work. Temperatures are expected to be at 85 degrees when this game kicks off, with sunny skies above. Winds of 13 mph will be a bit high but won’t require any fantasy roster adjustments due to their potential impact.
Seattle at Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET): The Cincinnati Bengals will look to stay unbeaten on the 2015 season when they host the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Seattle is 0-2 on the road and will be without running back Marshawn Lynch for this game, which will be played under sunny skies with 73 degree temperatures. No wind interference is in the forecast, so Paul Brown Stadium will be a pleasant place to watch these two quality teams battle this week.
Jacksonville at Tampa Bay (1:00 PM ET): Thunderstorms are expected in Tampa on Saturday but as long as those storms do not leak over into Sunday, Raymond James Stadium will see fantastic fall conditions. The Sunday forecast calls for 85 degree temperatures and mostly sunny skies, with just 7 mph winds present as both teams look for their second win of the 2015 season.
New Orleans at Philadelphia (1:00 PM ET): Yet another battle of one-win teams will take place in Philadelphia on Sunday when Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints visit Lincoln Financial Field to face Sam Bradford and the Eagles. This game will be played under mostly sunny skies, with 71 degree temperatures and just 7 mph winds expected. Feel free to start all relevant fantasy options as normal in this game, as conditions will be perfect for points.
Cleveland at Baltimore (1:00 PM ET): A zero percent chance of rain is in the Baltimore Sunday forecast, as the Ravens host the visiting Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium. Joe Flacco and Josh McCown will square off in 70 degree temperatures with minimal wind impact as the Ravens look for their first home victory of the 2015 season. Don’t shy away from any fantasy options in this game.
St. Louis at Green Bay (1:00 PM ET): The St. Louis Rams will visit Green Bay after recording a huge divisional road win last week at Arizona. This week, the Rams are big road underdogs again and will attempt to pull off a second-straight upset. Lambeau Field will be a perfect spot to watch a game on Sunday, with 75 degree temperatures and sunny skies in the forecast. The only potential for concern here is wind interference, as 14 mph winds are expected. However, the wind isn’t forecasted to top 20 mph until Monday.
Buffalo at Tennessee (1:00 PM ET): The Tennessee Titans will be well rested after enjoying a bye in Week 4, and will host the Buffalo Bills at Nissan Stadium on Sunday. Tennessee will look for its first road win of the season under mostly sunny skies with 76 degree temperatures expected at kickoff. No wind is expected to impact this game so Marcus Mariota, Tyrod Taylor, and all other useful fantasy options in this game can be trusted as normal.
Denver at Oakland (4:25 PM ET): Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will look to stay undefeated on the season as they travel to Oakland to take on Derek Carr and the Raiders this week. Weather will be fantastic as these two AFC West teams hit the turf/dirt in Oakland to square off. Partly cloudy skies are expected over O.co Coliseum in Oakland, with 78 degree temperatures and 11 mph wind in the forecast for Sunday.
San Francisco at New York Giants (8:30 PM ET): Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers will be looking for their first win since Week 1 as they travel to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Giants. A few clouds are expected during the day on Sunday, but by the time the Sunday evening kickoff rolls around, skies will be clear and the temperature will dip to 49 degrees as nightfall creeps over the stadium. With no precipitation and no wind in the forecast, this game will be played in comfortable conditions for both teams.
Pittsburgh at San Diego (8:30 PM ET, Mon): The Week 5 Monday night matchup will be played under clear skies with no precipitation or wind concerns for this battle of high-powered offenses. Though Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not be on the field, conditions will be perfect for points on Monday, with the Chargers tabbed as slight favorites in this game. All fantasy options will be ready to roll at Qualcomm Stadium.
Home Teams Are Dome Teams
Three games will be played in domes or stadiums with retractable roofs, including Week 5 contests for New England, Arizona, and Atlanta, the three highest scoring teams in the NFL.
Washington at Atlanta (1:00 PM ET)
Arizona at Detroit (4:05 PM ET)
New England at Dallas (4:25 PM ET)