Week 5 had the potential for serious weather interference as Hurricane Matthew crept closer to the East coast of the United States. The potential threat was significant enough for the NFL to consider the possibility of relocating games on the Week 5 schedule, but the storm that is heading north up the Florida coast will be off the Atlantic side of the country by Sunday and all related precipitation should move on from the East coast in time for the NFL slate to kick off. The result is a fairly clean Week 5 in terms of weather impact as precipitation will only be found in small portions of the country and temperatures have yet to plunge to winter levels. The Pacific Northwest will see rain on Sunday but with the Seattle Seahawks enjoying a bye this week, fantasy owners will have very little to worry about in terms of Mother Nature’s impact. As always, keep an eye on Sunday pre-game warmup conditions but this week should present very little challenge from the elements.
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New England at Cleveland (1:00 PM ET): Tom Brady will unleash his 2016 revenge tour in Cleveland on Sunday and will do so under partly cloudy skies, with 58 degree temperatures in the forecast. Winds of 13 mph will not be cause for alarm, so feel free to start all fantasy options in this game as normal.
Tennessee at Miami (1:00 PM ET): With Hurricane Matthew moving on from Florida over the early part of the weekend, Miami will see comfortable conditions on Sunday when the Dolphins host the visiting Tennessee Titans. Partly cloudy skies and 87 degree temperatures will welcome Marcus Mariota and company to Miami, with 13 mph winds no cause for alarm.
Washington at Baltimore (1:00 PM ET): The Baltimore area will see rain on Saturday, but Sunday looks clear with morning clouds expected to clear by kickoff between the Ravens and Washington Redskins. Temperatures of 64 degrees are in the Sunday forecast and while 17 mph winds will near worrisome levels, the gusts will not be severe enough to downgrade the kicking and passing games in this matchup.
NY Jets at Pittsburgh (1:00 PM ET): Pittsburgh will experience mild conditions on Sunday when the Steelers host the New York Jets, with partly cloudy skies and 62 degree temperatures expected. Winds will reach just 10 mph during this game, so feel free to start all Steelers and Jets fantasy options as usual.
Atlanta at Denver (4:05 PM ET): The Atlanta Falcons will be welcomed by partly cloudy skies and warm 77 degree temperatures on Sunday when they take on the Denver Broncos. Winds of only six mph are in the Denver forecast for Sunday, so fantasy owners should have no concern about this game whatsoever.
Buffalo at Los Angeles (4:25 PM ET): The finest fall weather on the Week 5 NFL schedule will be found in sunny Los Angeles, California. Sunshine and 87 degree temperatures will welcome the Buffalo Bills to Los Angeles, where perfect conditions await this game.
San Diego at Oakland (4:25 PM ET): The weather in Oakland will be pleasant on Sunday, as morning sun will be found at the Oakland Coliseum before clouds move in for the afternoon. Temperatures in the area will remain in the upper-70’s with minimal wind interference, creating comfortable conditions for this AFC West battle.
NY Giants at Green Bay (8:30 PM ET): Green Bay will enjoy one last sunny Sunday this fall but temperatures are beginning to dip in the upper Midwest with 59 degree weather expected for this matchup between the Giants and Packers. Winds of six mph will not impact this game in any fashion, so all fantasy options can be trusted in this NFC tilt.
Tampa Bay at Carolina (8:30 PM ET, Mon): Heavy wind and rain will hit the Charlotte area over the weekend as Hurricane Matthew moves along its course, but conditions will lighten by the time Monday night arrives. Sunny conditions will melt into clear skies as nightfall arrives, with 50 degree temperatures expected at kickoff between the Panthers and Buccaneers. Strong weekend winds will slow to only eight mph during this game, so fire up all fantasy options in this NFC South matchup as planned.
Home Teams Are Dome Teams
Four Week 5 games will be hosted in domes, including the Philadelphia Eagles looking to continue their hot start at Detroit.
Philadelphia at Detroit (1:00 PM ET)
Chicago at Indianapolis (1:00 PM ET)
Houston at Minnesota (1:00 PM ET)
Cincinnati at Dallas (4:25 PM ET)