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Weather: Week 17 Forecasts

Saturday, December 29, 2018


With only a handful of meaningful games this week and most fantasy leagues over, the weather shouldn’t impact much. For those with Week 17 championships and daily fantasy enthusiasts grinding this slate, I also looked at each team’s motivation in their matchup. It should be one of the main factors you look at when considering to start a player as many teams will play backups if they have no motivation to win. For a more in-depth breakdown of the Week 17 slate be sure to check out Evan Silva’s Matchups column.

 

Wet Weather Expected

Indianapolis at Tennessee (8:25 PM ET): This game was flexed to Sunday Night and is between two teams with the most to play for. The winner of this game will lock up a trip to the playoffs as the No. 6 seed and potentially the No. 3 seed if the Texans lose as well. Right now the forecast is calling for a drizzle of rain throughout the game but nothing more than that. 47-degree temperatures and three MPH winds won’t make an impact. Right now, this game is one to monitor for me as far as the weather goes. Since it’s the last game of the week you have to start your studs from this one but from a betting perspective, significant rain could alter your handicap.

 

Arizona at Seattle (4:25 PM ET): Regardless of this result the Seahawks will start the playoffs on the road as the No. 5 or No. 6 seed. This doesn’t make for much motivation against a Cardinals team that has been one of the leagues worst.  43-degree temperatures and two MPH winds won’t be an issue, but scattered showers are expected. The rain isn’t expected to be severe but is something to watch for heading into game time.

 

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Worry-Free Weather

 

Miami at Buffalo (1:00 PM ET): This game is meaningless for both sides and the betting market has Buffalo as 5.5-point favorites in most places. Weather won’t be a factor in this one with 28-degree temperatures and overcast skies expected. 11 MPH winds are something to watch for but shouldn’t be an issue.

 

Detroit at Green Bay (1:00 PM ET): With both teams already out of the playoffs there isn’t much motivation to run any player into the ground. 26-degree temperatures, partly cloudy skies, and 13 MPH winds are expected. The wind should be monitored but likely won’t impact the game much if at all.

 

NY Jets at New England (1:00 PM ET): The Patriots have to win in order to clinch the No. 2 seed in the AFC and a first-round bye so they will be very motivated. In order for them to jump to the No. 1 seed they would need losses by both the Chiefs and Chargers as well. Weather won’t be an issue in this one with 30-degree temperatures, clear skies, and two MPH winds expected.

 

Dallas at NY Giants (1:00 PM ET): Dallas has locked up the No. 4 seed regardless of a win or loss. HC Jason Garrett insists they will play their starters but in a similar situation in 2016 Ezekiel Eliott dressed but didn’t play, and Dak Prescott and Dez Bryant only played a few series. It’s unlikely the starters see time beyond the first quarter. Weather won’t be a factor in this one with 36-degree temperatures, mostly cloudy skies, and three MPH winds in the forecast.

 

Atlanta at Tampa Bay (1:00 PM ET): With both teams out of the playoffs neither team is motivated more than the other. QB Ryan Griffin may actually see snaps for the Bucs. Both teams will enjoy some of the nicest weather of the week in Florida with 74-degree temperatures, mostly cloudy skies, and four MPH winds.

 

Cleveland at Baltimore (4:25 PM ET): Baker Mayfield and company have a chance to play spoiler to Baltimore’s playoff hopes. If the Ravens lose and Steelers win they will be out of the playoffs. 44-degree temperatures, mostly cloudy skies, and four MPH winds won’t make an impact in this one.

 

Philadelphia at Washington (4:25 PM ET): The Eagles are still hanging around the playoff picture and will need the Vikings to lose to Chicago in order to have a shot at making the playoffs. If they take care of business at Washington they will end up as the No. 6 seed. Weather won’t stir up any trouble as 44-degree temperatures, mostly cloudy skies, and 3 MPH winds are expected.

 

Oakland at Kansas City (4:25 PM ET): The Chiefs will be one of the most motivated teams this week as a win locks up home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and a loss could make them a wildcard team. The Chiefs are a different beast at home and are much more likely to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl if they win this game. 12 MPH winds are something to watch for but aren’t an issue at the moment. 42-degree temperatures and clear skies are expected otherwise.

 

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (4:25 PM ET): The Steelers need to win and have the Ravens lose in order to make the playoffs. Having lost four of their last five games the Steelers blew their shot at locking up a playoff spot and will now have to take care of business while monitoring the Browns-Ravens game.  40-degree temperatures, clear skies, and six MPH winds won’t make an impact in this one.

 

LA Chargers at Denver (4:25 PM ET): The Chargers should be fired up as a win and Chiefs loss would give them the No. 1 overall seed. Unfortunately, that isn’t all that likely as the Chiefs are currently 13.5-point favorites against an abysmal Oakland squad. Motivation should be high for at least the first half. 47-degree temperatures with partly cloudy skies and four MPH winds won’t cause any issues.

 

San Francisco at LA Rams (4:25 PM ET): The Rams will be very motivated to win against the 49ers as a loss and a Chicago win would bump them down from the No. 2 seed to No. 3. This would force them to play on wildcard weekend. With HC Sean McVay obviously not wanting to play an extra game I expect the Rams to be at full force (pending Todd Gurley).  Both teams will enjoy some of the best weather of the week with 61-degree temperatures, clear skies, and 3 MPH winds expected.

 

 

Home Teams are Dome Teams

Only three games will be played indoors this week and all of them happen to be divisional matchups.

 

Carolina at New Orleans (1:00 PM ET): With the Saints locking up the No. 1 seed in the NFC they will be starting a bunch of backups including Teddy Bridgewater.

 

Chicago at Minnesota (4:25 PM ET): The Bears need to win and have the Rams lose in order to jump to the No. 2 seed and avoid wildcard weekend. The Rams are currently 10-point home favorites at the moment though so this isn’t a likely scenario.

 

Jacksonville at Houston (1:00 PM ET): The Texans have a wide range of outcomes, landing anywhere from the No. 2 seed to the No. 6 seed. Either way they are in the playoffs but surely would prefer to play at least one game at home.

 



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