While most of the national weather forecasters are focusing on how the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers could play one of the coldest games in NFL history on Sunday, the day’s other game could also be pretty crazy weather-wise. As of now, the San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals are expected to play in a driving snowstorm.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati. The game will kick off at 1:05 ET, and Weather.com predicts rain and eventually snow for the duration of the contest. Winds will be in the 10 to 14 MPH range, but there’s an 80 to 90 percent chance of precipitation.
While temperatures will likely hover in the mid-30s, the area is expected to get four to eight inches of snow during the game. That’s enough white stuff to make Michael Irvin blush.
The snow will almost certainly impact both teams’ passing games, but the Bengals could actually be more hampered. Quarterback Andy Dalton has limited arm strength, and receiver A.J. Green’s big-play ability could be restricted by the weather.
Meanwhile, the Chargers use a short, timing-based passing game that could be better suited to the elements. That said, you never know how this sort of thing is going to turn out until the game actually kicks off.
One thing is certain: the run defenses for both teams had better come ready to play, because the ball will definitely be rushed a lot.
It should be a fun game to watch.