Nov 11, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears fans in the rain during the second half against the Houston Texans at Soldier Field. The Texans won 13-6. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Sloppy Weather For Vikings at Bears

For those lucky fans who will be attending the Vikings game in Chicago today, I hope they brought their raincoats.  It is expected to rain throughout the entire contest and only reach temperatures in the middle 60’s.  Wind will vary through the day, ranging from around five to 10 miles per hour.

There is debate as to whether or not this type of weather benefits the pass game or the run game.  On a wet surface, the action slows down a bit.  The battle in the trenches becomes even more important.  The power game between the tackles is even more important because it makes it hard to  sweep block.

It also has an impact on the passing game. The wet conditions will make it difficult to grip the wet football and the quarterback will have a more difficult time throwing a tight spiral.

Aug 9, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) kicks a field goal in the second quarter against the Houston Texans at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The cold weather will affect the kicking game as well.  A cold football travels a much shorter distance and the longer it is exposed to the cold, the shorter it will go.

It will be interesting to see this cold and sloppy game.  Last week, in a dome, the Lions contained Adrian Peterson.  They held him to under 100 yards.  Let’s see if the weather and the Bears defense do the same this week.

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