Hazardous Weather Could Impact 2 NFL Wild Card Games
You never know what kind of weather you’re going to get in January. That said, it shouldn’t be surprising that some of the upcoming NFL Wild Card games might be impacted by hazardous weather. This is when I wish all football stadiums were indoors, or at least outdoors-indoors. Thankfully, Ford Field in Detroit is indoors, so when the Motor City hosts its first playoff game in pretty much forever, it will be protected from the massive snowstorm on the way.
The aforementioned Detroit Lions, as well as the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys, play in domes, so none of those matchups will have to deal with snow or cold. The Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on Monday night (Jan. 15) looks like it could have rain, according to Weather.com, but it’s in Tampa, so no snow. However, the weather for the Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills games looks a bit treacherous.
The Miami Dolphins are used to playing, well, in Miami weather. But, they’ll be in Kansas City for the Wild Card game. According to Weather.com, the forecast for Kansas City on Saturday (Jan. 13) is a high of 10 and a low of -4. Plus, there’s a 50% chance of snow that evening. The kickoff scheduled is at 7 p.m. in Kansas City, so it could get messy. Then, over to Buffalo. Isn’t it always bad weather when these guys play a home game? The Steelers and Bills game will be playing in some wild conditions, as Weather.com states Sunday’s (Jan. 14) weather in Buffalo will have high winds and a chance of snow. Highs will be in the 20s.
Weather is always dicey for NFL playoff games, and while it might seem ridiculous, weather can really change the outcome of a game. Certain players are just used to playing in good weather. So, we’ll see how the weather impacts this weekend’s NFL games. It will definitely shake up this weekend’s matchups. Listen to my podcast, “The Squad with Anne Erickson,” below and reach out to me with your thoughts here.