Sunday update: The deep passing game and longer field goals very well could be affected by the wind depending on how it plays out during the game.
It’s definitely windy here. Gusts around 20-25 mph. Appears to be swirling. pic.twitter.com/4xfbqZUXlw— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 16, 2022
Sunday update: The rain appears to have missed, but the wind could still be a problem, with a west wind at 16 to 18 mph and gusts as high as 29 mph.
Remember that talk about rain and wind in Tampa? Beautiful afternoon. Bucs also did a great job keeping the field dry overnight. A little breezy but this weather plays back into Bucs’ favor. pic.twitter.com/3KeRwzFjAp— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) January 16, 2022
The Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers square off Sunday in a wild-card playoff game from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Eagles hope to have Jalen Hurts and other key offensive players available for the contest, while the Bucs look to get Leonard Fournette back at the running back spot. The defending champions are depleted at the skill positions but still have Tom Brady at quarterback and a defense capable of playing at a high level.
Here’s the forecast for kickoff: 66 degrees, 22 mph wind going west, 2 percent chance of rain. However, the Tampa area is expected to get rain all the way up to that kickoff time and there’s a chance any delays in the storms or an extension of the system could bring some rain. Throw in the wind and you’re looking at the potential for monsoon-like conditions.
If the weather is bad, look for both teams to try to move away from the passing game as much as possible. This is going to be easier for the Eagles, who have more running backs available and don’t rely as much on the air game. The kicking and punting game will also be important with these conditions surely impacting both teams in that area. It might be best to look at the under from a betting standpoint, while backing running backs to get more touches from a fantasy perspective.