Burke: Week 17 weather watch

By Adam Burke  (VSiN.com) 

December 29, 2021 10:46 AM
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Here are some of the weather games to follow this week:

Giants at Bears (-6, 37.5) – Both teams are accustomed to bad weather here, but we did see the Bears score a very nice upset win last week in awful conditions in Seattle. It looks bad this week in Chicago with high temperatures in the upper teens and winds around 10-15 mph. Wind chills are forecasted to be around 2-3 degrees with gusts up into the 20s. This is already a low total, but I’d expect it to come down further.

Bucs (-13, 46) at Jets – There is a 60% chance of rain for this game and wind speeds are forecasted to increase as the game goes along. I’m wondering about the Bucs this week, the lack of skill players and maybe if Tom Brady even plays this entire game. I know playoff seeding is a thing, but the Buccaneers also went 3-for-3 on the road in the NFC Playoffs last season. It simply may not be a big deal to them.

Falcons at Bills (-14.5, 44) – This is a total that could move down today. High temperatures are forecasted to be around 32 at kickoff and drop a little throughout the game, with some snow in the forecast. Wind speeds are also sustained in the 15 mph range and we could see gusts higher. It’s a tough spot for a team from Georgia to be sure, but for a Bills team without a running game, the weather could be a big factor.

Eagles (-3.5, 46) at Washington – A 50% chance of rain could be an issue, but wind is the bigger factor in Landover on Sunday. Gusts are forecasted to be in the 20-25 mph range. My read is that it will impact Washington more, as the Eagles want to run the ball and use Jalen Hurts’s legs more than his arm. This total went up early in the week, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see it come back down.

Dolphins at Titans (-3.5, 41) – It will be 71 degrees in Nashville on Saturday. It will be 38 degrees with a chance of snow on Sunday. Wind gusts up into the 20 mph range are also expected during the game. This is already a low total, but we’ll see if it gets bumped down with the forecast.

Rams (-3.5, 46.5) at Ravens – This total has ticked up, but weather could be a factor here, with wind speeds forecasted to increase as the game goes along. There is a chance of rain as well, but wind will be the biggest factor here. If the forecast moves up, we could see 20 mph winds in the second half.

Vikings at Packers (-6.5, 47.5) – This will shock you, but it will be bitter cold at Lambeau Field for Sunday Night Football. Wind chills will be in the -10 range with air temperatures of about 5 degrees. Wind isn’t forecasted as a factor yet, but it could be.

It’s going to be January. The weather forecasts may change at this time of the year. I think totals will move today as well, as Wednesday seems like a day to start believing in the forecast. Keep an eye out for some of these unders to get hit today. If an over gets hit in a game with questionable weather, take note because that’s a significant tell.

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