By Chris Lovi, NFLWeather.com, special to NFP
Week seven of the NFL is set for kickoff as we enter a Sunday filled with significant matchups. Most of the current Midwest storms are traveling to the northeastern United States, which means the Buffalo Bills could see some nasty weather in their matchup against the Tennessee Titans. Both teams are coming off impressive wins last week, and look to keep up the momentum in an AFC that is completely up for grabs. NFLWeather.com forecasts a chance of showers, partly cloudy skies with winds gusting up to 31 mph.
The Tennessee Titans own the second worst rushing offense in the league. However, they are facing a Buffalo Bills defense that ranks dead last against the run. This statistic favors Tennessee because the Titans will look to pound the ball frequently and avoid relying on Matt Hasselbeck to make good throws in cold, rainy upstate New York weather. If Chris Johnson can avoid tripping over his own feet, he could rack up a decent amount of yards on the ground.
Sunny skies woud be beneficial for Hasselbeck and the Titans offense that has been above average in the passing game. The Titans have experienced receivers and a tight end in Jared Cook who is a matchup nightmare for opposing linebackers. But, the forecast has been consistent all week; a cold rain is going to fall.
Last week, the Titans defense allowed the fewest rushing yards of the season against the Steelers, only giving up 56 yards on the ground. However, they face a tough tandem in CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson this week. Due to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s inconsistency this season, expect the Bills to rely on their running backs to pick up most of the yards. Rain or shine, the Bills have the advantage on the ground
If the forecast holds, expect this game to be a battle of the trenches in which Buffalo has the advantage due to its superior running game. Although, if skies do clear up, the Titans gain the advantage with a veteran quarterback and experienced receivers. Given the weather conditions, this will end up being a close game, likely to be decided in the fourth quarter.
Clear Skies Mean Eli Manning’s Giants may Cruz to Victory Over RG3’s Redskins
Another key matchup to keep an eye on this weekend is the Washington Redskins taking on the New York Giants. The Redskins trail the Giants by one game in the NFC East so this will be a another test for Robert Griffin III and company to prove they belong in this competitive division. NFLWeather.com forecasts mostly sunny skies with highs near 65 and 7 mph winds.
With little concern for rain at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, the fair conditions will benefit the superior execution of the New York Giants. Besides the home field advantage, clear weather opens up Eli Manning’s visibility to look down the field for Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. The Redskins still rank dead last against the pass and it will no easy test to stop Manning and his receiving corps.
On the other side of the ball, RG3 has been a fantasy stud. But don’t expect him to live up to his average of 30 points this week. The Giants defensive line is extremely athletic and has demonstrated the ability to shut down mobile quarterbacks this season. If the Giants jump on the scoreboard early, this is going to be a long day of catch up ball for the Washington Redskins
NFP (at) NFLWeather.com