A significant arctic outbreak has invaded much of the nation and will stick around for some very interesting, and in many cases cold, NFL games this week. Keep in mind these forecasts are subject to change as we get closer to game time, but this will give you some idea. Here is the current forecast for all the games and my predictions:
THURSDAY NIGHTTexans at Jacksonville:
After a high today in the upper 70s temperatures will fall into the 60s during the game with mostly cloudy skies and a light south breeze.
Texans in a close one
SUNDAY EARLY GAMES (1pm EST):
Colts at Cincinnati:
Snow and freezing rain likely before 2pm, then rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 34. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Bengals at home in the cold mess
Browns at New England:
Partly sunny, with a high near 35.
Patriots are playing really well right now. They’ll win at home.
Raiders at NY Jets:
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.
The Jets Defense gets it done
Chiefs at Washington:
Snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely. Cloudy, with a high near 34. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
The Redskins are not good and the weather will hurt them even more against the KC D. Chiefs.
Vikings at Baltimore:
Snow, freezing rain, and sleet likely before noon, then rain, freezing rain, and sleet likely. Cloudy, with a high near 34. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Another messy game. Vikings can run, but not as well against the Ravens at home. Ravens win.
Falcons at Green Bay:
A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 20.
The frozen tundra! Gotta go with the Packers.
Bills at Tampa Bay:
Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. South southeast wind 5 to 11 mph.
This is a toss up game. I’ll take the Bills despite them not knowing what warm sun is like this time of year.
Dolphins at Pittsburgh:
A chance of snow before noon, then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
It’s hard enough to play at Pittsburgh, but this weather favors the home team even though the Steelers don’t run or play defense like the old days. Steelers.
Lions at Eagles:
A chance of snow before 9am, then rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Both teams are fighting for the playoffs. Should be a great game with miserable conditions. Both teams like to pass. Eagles will win if Foles can keep from throwing interceptions like he has been. Eagles at home.
LATE SUNDAY GAMES (4ish EST)
Titans at Denver (4:05 pm EST):
A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 16.
Brrrrr. Temps falling during the game and maybe snow falling too. Denver is too good at home even in these conditions. Broncos win.
Rams at Arizona (4:25 pm EST):
In the dome in Glendale. Toss up game between two good defenses. Cardinals at home.
Seahawks at San Francisco (4:25 pm EST):
Sunny, with a high near 53.
Perfect conditions. This 49er team is much better than the one the Seahawks annihilated in week 2. Seahawks find a way in a close one. Seahawks.
Giants at San Diego (4:25 pm EST):
Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.
Great weather and two teams that are good when they want to be. Could be a scoring fest that the Chargers win at home. Chargers.
SUNDAY NIGHT GAME, 8:30 pm EST:
Panthers at New Orleans:
In the dome in New Orleans. Should be an awesome game. Two great teams fighting for the playoffs. I’ll take the Saints at home. Maybe.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, 8:40 pm EST:
Cowboys at Chicago:
Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 24.
Can the Cowboys play in snow? We’ll find out Monday Night unless the forecast changes. I’ll take the Cowboys.