NFL Week 2 Weather Impact

Usually the first few weeks of the NFL season are not heavily influenced by the weather conditions, but 2010 is not a usual year.

It’s not until nearly halfway into the season before weather really begins to be a real factor in making picks; once the snow starts to fall and the winds really pick up. But if one takes a closer look at Week 1's results, that opinion on how weather is not a big game factor at this stage in the season may change. Week 1 of the 2010 NFL season had tons of upsets, with most of them coming in games that had overcast conditions. In Texas the Colts looked bad on defense in the wet conditions and were upset by Houston. The other games that had rain in the forecast last week were Cowboys at Redskins, Chargers at Chiefs, and 49ers at Seahawks.

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All those games ended up as upset home-team victories. Week 2 weather conditions will only affect a couple of games as most of the country will have clear skies on Sunday. The Kansas City at Cleveland game will have a chance of rain and overcast conditions. The Chiefs have already shown that they can play in less than perfect conditions, and if they are as improved as they looked last week, Cleveland may have a tough time covering the 2.5 point spread on Sunday. If it does rain in Cleveland on Sunday, the UNDER bet on the 39-point total at Bovada looks like it might be worth the risk.

The only other game expected to have wet conditions will be the St. Louis at Oakland matchup. Oakland needs to cover 3.5 points, but the total for this game is a measly 37.5 points at Bovada. Wet conditions could keep the game close and the score down, but this one doesn’t look as tempting as the Chiefs at Browns bet. A couple of games will have high temperatures that could play a role. The Bears will have to deal with temperatures in the mid-nineties in Dallas, the Cardinals will face 90 degrees in Atlanta, and the Bucs will play in the same temperatures when they go to Carolina.

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