For last week’s Wild-Card Round, I was a day late on the weather forecast. This week, let’s be a day early. Generally speaking, Wednesday is the day that bettors that handicap with the weather in mind start to make their moves on the totals if the game warrants it. We saw that with the Eagles and Bucs game on Wednesday last week when winds were in the forecast. The weather wound up not being as bad as forecasted, especially with no rain, but the game still stayed under the total.
All four games this week are in places where you’ll want to keep up on the latest forecasts.
Bengals at Titans (-3.5, 47) – The total here ranges from 46.5 to 47.5 in the legal US markets. So far, the weather looks about as nice as you could ask for on Jan. 22 in Nashville with temperatures around 40, partly sunny skies and limited wind. Good weather helps Cincinnati a bit more than Tennessee, for what it’s worth.
49ers at Packers (-6, 47.5) – This is obviously the spotlight game for weather with a West Coast team going to frigid Green Bay. Keep in mind that kickoff is at 7:15 local time, so it will be dark and cold, with temperatures dropping close to single digits by the fourth quarter. Wind may be a slight factor, as Saturday afternoon shows forecasted gusts in the 20s and sustained winds around 10 mph by kickoff. There is no precipitation in the forecast, but wind chills will be zero or below during the game. That sounds bad for Jimmy Garoppolo and his injuries.
Rams at Bucs (-3, 48.5) – Right now, the forecast looks decent in Florida for Sunday. A slim chance of rain, mostly tame winds and temperatures in the 60s. As an indoor team at SoFi Stadium, and with Matthew Stafford having played in a dome at Ford Field, good weather conditions would be a blessing for LA.
Bills at Chiefs (-2.5, 55) – Mother Nature seems to be looking favorably on Divisional Weekend. These two teams are accustomed to some bad weather, but won’t have to worry about it this week with temps in the 30s and no precipitation. Keep an eye on the wind forecast here in case it changes, but it looks like a good day for offense, which is one of the reasons why this total has ticked up.
Again, right now, things look pretty good across the four games, but make sure you keep an eye on it as the weekend approaches.