The NFL’s last week of the regular season will see three crucial games impacted by weather, with a mostly clear week in most of the U.S. still popping up a few difficulties. These three games all have playoff consequences and potentially adverse weather, which makes them important to know before making any bets. Here is our NFL Week 18 weather report.
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
This game is the most impacted by the weather this week, with a lot of rain in the Santa Clara region this week and rain forecast during the game. A wet track could do wonders for a Niners team that is already run dominant, but if it does slightly move the needle from passing to rushing, it could move the total down.
With the Cardinals facing a sizable Quarterback quality gap, this could help, if they can get any success running. That said, not throwing as much with David Blough against the Niners front 4 is probably as big a win as the Cardinals can expect this week.
NFL Week 18 Weather: 57F with rain and 10MPH winds are forecast for kickoff.
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins are going to need their running game this week, with Skylar Thompson starting at Quarterback. With them needing a win and help, the Dolphins could be aided by increased wind, which should force the Jets into a more conservative attack. The heat this time of year could also adversely affect the visiting team.
If the Jets can’t pass the ball, then the Dolphins will be able to defend a one dimensional offense and be able to take advantage of a weak Jets run defense in recent weeks.
NFL Week 18 Weather: 79F, with winds up to 11MPH at kickoff.
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New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
Here, there’s no adverse weather forecast now other than some cold weather, but there is the potential for it between the Patriots and Bills.
If the storm system that is currently forecast to hit Buffalo on Friday moves slower, or ends up lingering, then there could be risks of either snow or substantial winds, which could limit offense. It’s not currently looking to be concerning, but it is worth keeping an eye on as we get closer to kickoff for the Bills.
NFL Week 18 Weather: 34F and 5MPH winds at kickoff.