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.
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.