After a wet and windy Week 6, Mother Nature will enjoy a bye week in Week 7 as most of the country will experience warm and pleasant conditions on Sunday. In what could very well be one of the last remaining weekends of enjoyable weather before winter marches into town, precipitation will be hard to find around the United States as rain and potential snow showers will be limited to the upper reaches of the Northwest and Northeast. With both Seattle and Buffalo on the road this week, the NFL slate will be largely uninterrupted by weather.
With a break in Week 7 weather forecasts, let’s take a look at how the most concerning weather situations of Week 6 turned out after forecasts called for rain and high winds in many places. Three games (San Francisco/Buffalo, Kansas City/Oakland, and Atlanta/Seattle) were expected to see significant wind impact last week, but were the downgrades to these kicking and passing games warranted? In the three games mentioned above, kickers made 10 of 13 field goal attempts and 15 of 17 extra points. While it is tough to gauge which kicks were missed due to the elements and which were shanked due to the special teams unit, it appears that the kicking games involved in these contests did see some interference from the weather. The quarterbacks in these games were less impacted, as Matt Ryan was able to throw for 335 yards in a tough matchup at Seattle while the game between the Bills and 49ers totaled 61 points. The main takeaway here is that high wind forecasts do warrant attention, especially when analyzing kicker options, but aren’t always a death sentence for quarterbacks if wind gusts don’t reach anticipated levels. We will continue to dig into and track these situations as the NFL schedule plows deeper into the winter months.
Now let’s check out Week 7 weather forecasts around the world, as the NFL will host games from Denver to London on Sunday.
Two games hosted in the Northeast will see high winds on Sunday, creating a potentially challenging scene for fantasy kickers and quarterbacks.
Minnesota at Philadelphia (1:00 PM ET): Conditions should be dry on Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles host the Minnesota Vikings, with 63 degree temperatures expected at kickoff. The main concern in this matchup are high winds that will hit the Philadelphia area, as 20-30 mph wind with 40 mph gusts could make their way to Lincoln Financial Field. Kickers Caleb Sturgis and Blair Walsh were not highly regarded options this week in an expected low-scoring affair, but both players can be dropped in place of safer kicker options this week. Like the kickers, neither quarterback is equipped with high expectations in this game and should be downgraded further considering the potential for wind and the lowest over/under of the Week 7 slate.
Baltimore at NY Jets (1:00 PM ET): Conditions for this game between the Jets and Ravens are expected to be identical to those found in Philadelphia on Sunday. Kickers Nick Folk and Justin Tucker are free to be replaced for safer kicking options, and while a banged-up Joe Flacco and newly-tabbed starter Geno Smith aren’t top-shelf fantasy options, expectations for these two passing games should be adjusted.
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NY Giants at Los Angeles (9:30 AM ET): The NFL International Series is back this week and the NFL will visit Twickenham Stadium for the first time as the Rams and Giants face off. Weather in London will be reasonable with 57 degree temperatures and partly cloudy skies expected at kickoff. Wind will not be a factor in this game, so start all fantasy options as normal.
New Orleans at Kansas City (1:00 PM ET): Sunshine and 76 degree temperatures will welcome the New Orleans Saints to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, where conditions will be perfect for football.
Indianapolis at Tennessee (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Luck and the Colts will travel to Tennessee on Sunday for an AFC South battle that will be played under sunny skies with 78 degree temperatures in the forecast. No weather concerns for any players in this matchup.
Cleveland at Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET): Sunny skies and 72 degree temperatures are expected for this battle of Ohio teams on Sunday, and winds of 13 mph won’t quite reach worrisome levels, so feel free to start all Bengals and Browns fantasy options as usual.
Oakland at Jacksonville (1:00 PM ET): Beautiful fall weather will be found in Jacksonville this week, as sunshine and 76 degree temperatures will welcome the Oakland Raiders to Florida.
Buffalo at Miami (1:00 PM ET): Weather in Miami will be pleasant on Sunday, with partly cloudy skies and 79 degree temperatures in the forecast for Hard Rock Stadium. Winds at 15 mph shouldn’t have an impact on the kicking and passing games in this contest.
Tampa Bay at San Francisco (4:05 PM ET): The Bay Area will enjoy fantastic fall weather on Sunday, as the 49ers will host the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers under sunny skies with 73 degree temperatures expected at kickoff.
New England at Pittsburgh (4:25 PM ET): The Steelers will host Tom Brady and the Patriots in reasonable conditions on Sunday, with partly cloudy skies and 65 degree temperatures expected at kickoff. Rain showers will move into the area in the later stages of the day, so keep in mind that this game has the potential to get soggy in the second half.
Houston at Denver (8:30 PM ET, Mon): Temperatures will drop into the 50’s on Monday night as the sun sets and kickoff arrives between the Broncos and visiting Houston Texans. Brock Osweiler will be welcomed back to Denver with mostly cloudy skies and nearly no wind, making this game safe for all fantasy options.
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Home Teams Are Dome Teams
Three Week 7 games will be played in domes, including a key NFC West divisional matchup between Seattle and Arizona on Sunday night.
Washington at Detroit (1:00 PM ET)
San Diego at Atlanta (4:05 PM ET)
Seattle at Arizona (8:30 PM ET)