In January, NFL weather always looms as a potential game-changer. We’ve seen heavily affected games in recent years, such as when offenses were stuck in neutral in Green Bay for Packers vs. 49ers last year. Here is our complete NFL divisional playoffs weather report.
For the divisional round, it looks like the most impactful weather could happen in Buffalo, which should come as little surprise. Kansas City’s forecast is also worthy of note.
Last week, a purported monsoon didn’t wind up coming to full fruition and offenses feasted in San Francisco. Keep in mind these forecasts are always subject to change. Monitor potentially impactful situations as the week goes on to see how forecasts evolve.
Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills
Strong winds are expected present through the middle part of the week in the Buffalo area. In fact, there’s a current weather advisory through Wednesday afternoon that small boats should avoid risking heading to sea due to high winds and strong waves. Winds will reportedly reach up to 35 mph during the system.
Luckily for those hoping to see some offense from the Bills and Bengals, the system should clear out before Sunday, according to the forecast. However, there’s always the chance it lingers longer than expected or another windstorm crops up in its wake.
If the winds do become stronger than the currently forecast 5 to 10 mph, they’ll have some snow to blow around too. The temperature should be right around freezing, with a 77% chance of snow. Up to three inches is expected overnight, but if that system moves in earlier, we could see some accumulation.
Perhaps concerns about the weather have driven some early under action. After opening 50.5 at DraftKings Sportsbook, the number has dipped as low as 48 in some spots.
NFL Playoffs Weather: 34 F, 77% chance of precipitation, 5 to 10 mph winds
Jacksonville Jaguars At Kansas City Chiefs
Some potential inclement weather is also looming in Kansas City. It looks very likely the game will see rain, which is expected to transition to snowfall when the temperature drops in the evening. Obviously, if colder than expected temps hit during the afternoon, then we’ll see snow here instead.
What’s interesting about this is that both teams already struggle to catch the football. Despite having the premier QB in the league piloting the Chiefs offense and the fast ascending Trevor Lawrence directing that of the Jaguars, each team ranked among the league leaders in drops and EPA lost due to drops. That issue could be exacerbated come Saturday.
Yet, the total on this game has only moved up. After a 51.5 open at DraftKings Sportsbook, it rocketed to 53 on Tuesday.
NFL Playoffs Weather: 40 F, 66% chance of precipitation, winds 5 to 10 mph
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Dallas Cowboys At San Francisco 49ers
It seems the monsoons have passed for the time being, but some potential for medium-strength wind remains in San Francisco. While that could affect these passing offenses, both the 49ers and the Cowboys ranked among the top eight during the regular season in rushing play rate. This will likely be decided on the ground one way or the other, so the wind should produce minimal adjustment even if it comes in on the strong end of the forecast.
NFL Playoffs Weather: 44 F, 2% chance of precipitation, winds 10 to 15 mph
New York Giants At Philadelphia Eagles
This forecast looks about average for this time of year in Philly, with cold evening weather but modest winds and little chance of snow or rain. That means the conditions should be pretty solid for these offenses, all things considered. The only prior game between these teams in which starters played on both sides flew over the current number as the Eagles prevailed 48-22 in New York.
NFL Playoffs Weather: 31 F, 5% chance of precipitation, winds 5 to 10 mph