After last week’s winter apocalypse and negative wind chills, the NFL weather report doesn’t have as many games or any weather situations that will match last week, but there’s still a few games where winds could pose some difficulties. Let’s dive into the Week 17 NFL weather to monitor before betting on games.
Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans
Thursday Night Football odds have the Titans as big home underdogs to the Cowboys in a matchup where the higher the winds, the better for the hosts. With the discrepancies in the passing game talents on offer, the higher winds can only help the Titans by forcing Dallas into a run heavy game script. If the Titans and Cowboys end up in a run fest, that could help Tennessee, but they probably need consistently high winds to truly gain the advantage.
Week 17 NFL Weather Forecast: 57F with 10 MPH winds at kickoff
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
Here, the biggest risk for this game is the rain that is going to be coming down in the days and even hours before the game. The turf is likely to be slick with rain, but with the rain looking to be stopping before the game, its impacts will be limited. That said, if the weather reports change and the rain holds on through the game, then this is going to be a heavy running game with limited offense.
Week 17 NFL Weather Forecast: 10MPH winds and 54F at kickoff
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia’s quest for the 1-seed has probably taken a bit of an advantage with strong winds over Philly this week. With the Saints being bottom half of the league in rushing efficiency against a team that is top of the charts in rushing DVOA, the Eagles will be perfectly fine if the winds scupper passing. The Saints likely need the winds to fall to keep their passing game on schedule, while the Eagles will be fine running 3 yards and a cloud of dust.
Week 17 NFL Weather Forecast: 13MPH winds with a kickoff temperature of 53F
Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants
The Giants will be advantaged by the winds swirling in East Rutherford this week, with their run heavy schemes and ability to have Daniel Jones operate as a runner. If the winds get there, Saquon and Danny Dimes will be able to run with ease, while the Colts will need to rely on backups.
Week 17 NFL Weather Forecast: 55F and 12MPH winds