For those of you who are heading out to MetLife Stadium for the home opener and the Curtis Martin number retirement ceremony; this is what the weather will be:
Sunday (according to weather.com) will be partly cloudy with a high of 73 degrees with 9 mph winds coming from the north-northwest. There’s a 20% chance of rain on Sunday; but the field could still be slick after the rain and isolated thunderstorms from Saturday night.
Now, which team will benefit from it?
The Jets and the Bills are similar in the fact that on offense, they both try to establish a run game, they run a wildcat, and then have the run set up the pass. Defensively, both teams want to rush the passer.
If the track is wet and it rains, then all bets are off.
Here’s a little break down of the pros and cons of the game if the weather is calm and no bad weather.
Buffalo Bills, Pros: The Buffalo Bills used the off season to re-tool their defense. They signed defensive end Mario Williams from the Houston Texans so that’s a huge upgrade for them. Williams is one of the best speed rushers in the game; good luck Austin Howard. If Stevie Johnson gets separation from Darrelle Revis (which can happen as proven a year ago), having a clear track will help him.
Cons: There won’t be a lot of wind at this game but this is MetLife Stadium and like its counterpart; there are some swirling winds so Ryan Fitzpatrick and kicker Rian Lindell could be affected by it.
New York Jets, Pros: The Jets defense will take full advantage of it. Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Laron Landry, and Yeremaiah Bell will blanket the secondary. The offensive and defensive lines should get penetration for the running backs and the pressure on Fitzpatrick. As long as the o-line gets that push; Shonn Greene will get through the holes and get his yards. This should be a very good day for the new bromance of Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes since the Bills secondary is pretty weak. Sanchez should have a good day through the air.
Cons: If the winds are swirling at MetLife, then Nick Folk and new punter Robert Malone should have an interesting day.