by Will Strome, Columnist, NFLWeather.com | 08-26-2015 16:00
Half way through the NFL pre-season, the rosters are slowly taking shape as teams trim down the rosters to 53. So, how are the rookie quarterbacks performing?
Two weeks ago, NFLWeather.com broke down the top five rookie QBs who could have lined-up under center in week one. Let’s review how all five newbies held up through their first two exhibition games and in some of the best weather conditions they will see all year.
After a rocky debut against Minnesota, the former Florida State Seminole shined on Monday Night Football against Cincinnati, despite limping off the field in the second quarter. Removing Winston was merely precautionary so no need for Bucs’ fans to fret or fantasy footballers to alter their draft picks.
In pre-season game #1, the Vikings, downed Tampa Bay 26-16. Winston played the entire first half but struggled at times despite throwing for 131 yards. He fumbled two snaps, resulting in -19 yards, and tossed a pick. But the difference was night and day in Tampa’s 25-11 victory over the Bengals where Winston completed 8-of-13 attempts for 90 yards and a rushing touchdown. The first overall draft pick showcased his velocity, strength and pocket awareness that helped him flourish at the college-level.
Like Winston, the former Heisman Trophy winner was shaky in his first start but exceptional in his second. Mariota struggled against Atlanta who picked off the rookie early in the first quarter and forced a fumble that was returned for a TD on the very next series. The former Oregon Duck rebounded nicely, though, completing 7-of-8 attempts for 94 yards and orchestrating a touchdown drive following the turnovers.
Following his first game jitters, Mariota showed his poise against one of the toughest front sevens in the NFL, the St. Louis Rams. Mariota completed 5-of-8 attempts for 59 yards and would have thrown a touchdown had Dexter McCluster not dropped an easy ball in the end zone. But the real story was after the second play from scrimmage when Mariota’s headset malfunctioned. The rookie QB had to sprint to the sideline to communicate with coaches after every snap.
Geno Smith is out. Matt Flynn iss out. Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to be the week one starter but Bryce Petty is still very much in the mix. If the rookie QB can continue to impress the coaching staff, he should be in the discussion to start. The kid is a proven winner and that’s something that’s been noticeably lacking in the Jets organization for quite some time.
In order to ensure Fitzpatrick will be healthy week one, the Jets have been limiting his Harvard’s snaps, allowing the former Baylor gunslinger has reaped the benefits. Thus far, Petty is 22-for-37 for 218 yards, one TD and zero picks in two games. Petty set the tone in New York’s 30-22 win over the Falcons by driving downfield in the opening series for a 10-play 51-yard drive to set up a field goal.
There’s a quarterback controversy in St. Louis but it doesn’t seem to include Sean Mannion. The record-setting Oregon State QB looks to be a lock for the third string spot while veterans Case Keenum and Austin Davis battle to be Nick Foles’ backup. But based on Mannion’s preseason performances, most would think he should 2nd string.
During the Rams’ dismal offensive performance in the 18-3 loss to Oakland, Mannion had a mediocre performance, going 8-of-13 for 53 yards. But his second start raised some eyebrows after a 27-14 victory over Tennessee. The former Beaver had a passer rating of 158.3 after completing 6-of-7 passes for 93-yards including a 54-yard TD strike to Malcolm Brown. Look for Mannion to move up the depth chart mid-season.
Green Bay suffered a massive blow to their passing game with the loss of Jordy Nelson for the season. But, that won’t affect Brett Hundley who will be the designated clipboard holder for the Packers this season.
Scott Tolzien will likely be Aaron Rodgers’ backup with Hundley pegged to ride the pine. In two games, the former UCLA stud completed 7-of-11 attempts for 79 yards including a 10-yard touchdown pass to John Crocket in a 22-11 win over the defending Super Bowl New England Patriots. Then again, Belichick doesn’t actually try to win the pre-season games. Get all of this week’s live forecasts at NFLWeather.com.
by Rick Saletta, NFLWeather.com | 08-22-2015 12:00
In week 2 of the pre-season, we have already seen the Washington Redskins offensive line breakdown on wet footing. The Redskins failure to hold the line line in the 2nd quarter led franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III to run the ball out of the pocket and the wet conditions led to a fumble. When Griffin tried to pounce on the fumble, he was hit by Lions defensive lineman, Corey Wooten, who landed on RGB IIIâ€™s head resulting concussion. Griffin will be evaluated by an independent neurologist before retuning to play. However, heâ€™ll return to face the Baltimore Ravens next week, not what you want for a QB coming off of even a slight concussion.
Similar wet conditions plus some wind will test Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Taylor Heinicke against the Oakland Raiders this weekend. Look for the undrafted rookie to keep throwing the ball as he sets his sights on the top spot on the Vikings depth chart.
Similar drizzle, although less wind, will be in the stadium for Nick Foles debut second game as a St. Louis Ram, playing against the Tennessee Titans. Look for Foles to see more time as Rams Coach Jeff Fisher uses the weather to pull his front line together and build some confidence in the new quarterback and starting unit.
On the other side of the field, Heismann Trophy Winner Marcus Mariota will make his Nashville debut. Mariotta just needs to protect the football after two turnovers in his first pre-season game. Holding onto the ball in wet weather, something that the former Oregon Duck is accustomed to, will do a lot for the rookie QB. The pigskin can feel a lot heavier in an NFL uniform. Get live forecasts for every NFL Game every hour at NFLWeather.com.
by By Will Strome, Staff Writer, NFLWeather.com | 08-14-2015 12:00
A pair of NFL franchise’s have their fates laying in the hands of two young, unproven rookie quarterbacks and it’s up to these rookie QBs to restore glory in Tennessee and Tampa Bay. Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston will gear up for the first full round of preseason games this weekend.
Since 2008, 15 rookie QB’s made their NFL career debuts during the first week of the regular season. Of those 15, only six were victorious. So what can we expect from both newcomers? Let’s down the top five (potentially) starting QB’s in the upcoming season….
#1: Tennessee Rain & Marcus Mariota:
As of Wednesday, August 13th, it was reported that Mariota has yet to throw an interception in Titan’s camp. Is this a meaningless statistic or an indication that the Titans franchise is finally ready to compete again in the AFC South?
Mariota was a top-shelf college quarterback in the high-octane Oregon offense where he rarely turned over the ball. Titans offensive coordinator Jason Michaels, who previously worked with Phillip Rivers in San Diego, runs a balanced attack and should be a comfortable offense for the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner.
Things get tougher for QB’s when the weather goes South but Mariota is no stranger to the elements. Having grown up in Hawaii and played collegiately in the Pacific Northwest, a wet weather offense part of the game plan. Remember the Ducks’ 51-13 thrashing of Arizona in the 2014 Pac-12 title game? On a drenched field in Santa Clara, CA, Mariota went 25-of-38 for 313 yards, threw two touchdowns and produced three on the ground. Mother Nature doesn’t slow this kid down.
#2: Tropical Storm Tampa & Jameis Winston:
Unlike Marcus Mariota, Seminole Heisman Winner Jameis Winston has an absolute cannon but his accuracy is less impressive. Early season INT’s are common for rookies so there’s no need for Bucs fans to panic. Just look at Andrew Luck’s debut back in 2012, the Colts were thumped 41-21 by the Bears and Luck threw three picks. Three years later, he’s arguably the best Quarterback in the league. Winston just needs some practice in the new offense. But, just last week the Buccaneers had to cancel an open practice due to heavy rain.
Having played at Florida State where afternoon showers are common, Winston has plenty of rain games under his belt. At FSU, Winston was exceptional when the weather took a turn for the worse. Last season, Winston went 22-for-33, 281 yards and a touchdown in a November downpour versus Boston College in Chestnut Hill. With a big frame and decent mobility, Winston can be a dangerous weapon on a soggy field.
#3: New York Slush & Bryce Petty:
With Geno Smith out for an extended period of time after getting sucker punched by his teammate, the New York Jets will take a long look at all their options before announcing a week one starter. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the heavy favorite to line up under center but don’t count out rookie QB Bryce Petty. The former Baylor University quarterback is a proven winner, posting a 21-4 career record and holding 31 school records, despite following in the footsteps of RG3.
In one of his most recent weather-impacted games, Petty and Baylor shelled Oklahoma State 49-28 on a damp and dreary evening. The rain didn’t slow Petty down at all, going 18-for-29, 262 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Despite being labeled as a raw talent, Petty could be the spark this sorry Jets team sorely needs. If not, there’s always the Mets.
#4: St. Louis Steam and Sean Mannion:
Currently third on the Rams depth chart, Sean Mannion is likely to be a long shot week one starter. St. Louis has added Nick Foles from Philadelphia who is the expected starter and Austin Davis is penciled in as the backup. But a strong camp from Mannion could earn him the right to take snaps with the second team and he could be called upon if Foles goes down for the second time in as many seasons.
The former Oregon State Beaver was a four-year starter and shattered school records during a torrential downpour against the Colorado Buffalo. Mannion threw for 414 yards, six touchdowns and set a single-season school record for his fifth 350-yard outing. Don’t expect to see this kind of production for Mannion any time soon, given the Rams play in a dome. And don’t forget, former Texan Case Keenum is also in the St. Louis QB mix.
#5: Green Bay Blizzards and Brett Hundley:
Without an injury to Aaron Rodgers, there’s a good chance Brett Hundley of UCLA won’t see the field this season. But, Hundley is the next man up in Green Bay.
As a Bruin, Hundley broke a number of school records but played in very few foul weather games in Southern California. Moving up to Green Bay will expose him to elements he rarely played through in college. But let’s not forget, Aaron Rodgers played at Cal.
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by Will Strome, NFLWeather.com | 08-08-2015 12:00
We finally made it.
The end of waiting, anticipating and reading about deflate-gate is over. The 2015-16 NFL season is upon us and this weekend is the first in a long line of preseason fixtures that most fans couldn’t care less about. But for all those insiders itching for their fantasy football fix, now is the time to take a sneak peak at all of this season’s crop of potential studs, duds and sleepers entering the 2015 campaign. And it all starts in the preseason.
As we inch towards the Hall of Fame game in Canton, OH on Sunday featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings, NFLWeather.com reports a beautiful mid-western summer night come kickoff. But as we know, that won’t always be the case week to week.
Looking back on 2014, NFLWeather.com analytics show 13 regular season games (excluding games reporting overcast, chance of rain or rain in vicinity) were impacted by rain, snow, or heavy fog/mist. The only team to have three regular season games affected by the outdoor elements was the Minnesota Vikings, followed by seven teams (Packers, Giants, Texans, Bears, Seahawks, Raiders, Chiefs) that battled through a pair of poor weather clashes.
According to NFLWeather.com, the climate last season didn’t start to take a turn for the worst until around Week 3 when the New York Giants hosted the Houston Texans. A light mist and fog was rolling through the area and even though the weather didn’t seem to directly impact the entire game, it did cause a major concern for the New York special teams when LS Zak DeOssie’s snap went straight thru the slippery hands of holder Steve Weatherford.
Sometimes the weather doesn’t affect the entire game, but certainly can cause glaring issues for individual players and positions. Here’s to hoping Mother Nature shows her nasty side in many more matchups in 2015 and as always, NFLWeather.com is here to preview any and all games impacted by the elements.
by The NFLW Team | 01-15-2015 17:00
Looks like rain in Seattle for the NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks.
A cold rain is forecast for the AFC Championship game in Foxboro between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots. Not looking good for the indoor team from Lucas oil Stadium.
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by The NFLW Team | 12-20-2014 12:00
Mostly cloudy throughout the day for the Eagles versus Redskins game in Washington. Light rain in the morning and evening for the Chargers versus Niners game in San Francisco, nope, Santa Clara ;)
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by The NFLW Team | 12-09-2014 12:30
National Weather Service: Powerfull storm to impact the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterrey Bay Area from late Wednesday though Friday.
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by The NFLW Team | 11-21-2014 09:00
Due to the snow storm in Buffalo the sunday clash between AFC East rivals will be played in Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, on Monday night. The game will be played at 7PM.
"As mentioned earlier today, public safety resources in western New York must be fully available to deal with the recovery from the storm. We continue our discussions with the team and the Red Cross on ways the NFL can support the community through this weather disaster." the NFL announced.
by The NFLW Team | 11-20-2014 17:30
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it would be "impractical" for the Buffalo Bills to host the New York Jets as scheduled on Sunday, given the heavy snow that has hit the area, the NFL will not play the game in Buffalo.
The NFL is considering Detroit, Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh. The game could be played on Monday but that is not known at this time.
by The NFLW Team | 11-19-2014 16:30
This is the pertinent section of the article: "Since 2009, the Dolphins have compiled a 11-10 record on the road in outdoor games played in temperatures colder than 56 degrees, according to data from NFLweather.com."
You too can check our Analytics Section and see how your team has played in any kind of weather!
by The NFLW Team | 11-06-2014 16:00
“Bill Belichick added that "if I did my job the way they do theirs, I'd be here about a week.”
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by Rick | 11-05-2014 09:00
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by The NFLW Team | 06-17-2014 16:30
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by J.D. at The Inside Slant | 12-13-2013 16:00
Guest post by J.D. at The Inside Slant
The perception when looking at the Bears vs Browns match up is to bet the under. Then when you factor the wind, temperature and chance of snow. The under looks even better. When you look back to last week, those weather conditions really didn't matter in a few of those games. But after the smoke had cleared and people were licking their betting under wounds that day, A member on our site made a good point.
Snow on the field really helps the offense. His point was simple when you think about it. The player on offense knows where he is going. But the player on defense doesn't and has to react. If you go back to some of those bad weather games last week. There was a ton of missed tackles. Most of them were from guys trying to react and losing their footing.
One of those games that went over was the Lions at the Eagles. Had the weather been perfect, most people would have never bet the under. But, when they heard about the weather and seen the high number the total was set at, they figured it was a slam dunk win.
Over the years the Bears had a decent defense and the Browns were looked at as having a bad offense. So based on perception you would think the under is the play. I'm not writing this to tell anybody what to play or trying to talk them out of a play. My point is that you need to look at more numbers and not just perception.
Let's look at the Bears, 9-4 over on the season.
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Chicago's last 13 games on the road
Average points scored = 28.3 per game
Average points allowed = 27.7 per game
Now let’s review the Browns, 7-6 over on the year.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
Average points scored = 19.8 per game
Average points allowed = 24.9 per game
As the game gets closer, keep an eye on the weather and if snow looks possible, the line should start to drift down.
If you like the over, then wait it out for the best possible line. Now if you like the under, you might want to jump on the line asap.
Keep tabs on this games weather right here at NFLWeather.com http://www.nflweather.com/game/2013/week-15/bears-at-browns
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Thanks and good luck this weekend. J.D.
by The NFLW Team | 10-26-2013 12:00
The excitement of most sporting leagues culminates in some sort of grand championship to determine which team is at the top of their game. For the National Football League, this event is the Super Bowl. So important is this event it has become a holiday of sorts within the United States as well as for football fans around the world. Additionally, it is also the focus of many different sports bets.
Sports bets make it possible for fans to win some many while enjoy football. Futures betting exists right now for who bettors believe will win the Super Bowl. Some teams have already been singled out as long shots when reading the odds posted by sportsbook. The Jacksonville Jaguars currently have odds established at 5000 to 1. While the team taking home the Lombardi Trophy is quite rare given the odds, should it happen, some lucky bettor could win $5000 on a $1 bet.
A primary consideration for this year's Superbowl is weather. Unlike the tropical escapes to Miami or the Rose Bowl, this year we will see some old fashioned AFL / NFL style football as the game will be played in New York, outside, in the dead of winter. Frankly, true football fans will enjoy this just as hockey fans have rapidly grown to love the outdoor NHL classic each season. Let's play next year's Superbowl at Lambeau Field in Green Bay!
Many online casinos offer football related slot machines which provide another way fans can win big with their sport. One online casino game is 5 Million Dollar Touchdown. This game is unique in that it provides fans with the chance to win two different jackpots. The largest of these is of course the title amount of $5 million. To be eligible for this, players must bet the overall maximum amount for each spin which is $200. The reels must have five scatter symbols on one of the pay lines. The second jackpot is smaller but occurs more frequently. This one is worth $15,000 and doesn’t require all pay lines to be activated. Players can trigger this jackpot betting a penny on one pay line. What must occur is five wild symbols have to show on the activated lines. Of course, wagering on more lines increases the probability of a winning occurring. But if you're placing the long bet, you might want to consult your Farmer's Almanac for New York. Who can honestly say when the next Hurricane Sandy will hit. You might also check the NFLWeather.com historical weather database for late season weather and results for the New York / New Jersey area.
This post published by Tom Shannon.
Coming from Sheffield, Tom’s hobbies include writing and recording music, and creating video games. He also runs events to do with video games where people come to watch tournaments. Tom is currently studying in his final year at university.
by The NFLW Team | 01-12-2013 08:00
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by The NFLW Team | 01-11-2013 08:00
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PS - Looks like snow in Denver
by The NFLW Team | 12-29-2012 14:00
Read the complete article at the Miami Dolphin Blog - by Bitchin Dave.
by The NFLW Team | 12-23-2012 14:30
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by The NFLW Team | 12-23-2012 12:00
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by The NFLW Team | 12-15-2012 09:00
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