As the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers kick off Sunday at Heinz Field, they’ll be facing winds from the North West at 9 miles per hour, and it will be 70 degrees and partly cloudy with 49% humidity.
Sound a little familiar? These were similar conditions to what the Jets had at Met Life Stadium last week.
So, which team does the weather favor?
We all know that both teams like to play a smash mouth brand of football. Both want to play a tough brand of defense. They both want to rush the passer. Both teams want to run the ball on offense. Both teams want to take advantage of their speed receivers on the outside. Both teams want to take advantage of their mobile quarterbacks (Yes Tim Tebow is included in that statement).
So the weather being clear is going to make this a wash.
But you do have to give the Steelers a little bit of an advantage because they are playing at home and the Jets are walking into a very hostile environment.
There are more outside factors on the field itself that could turn the tide in one direction or another.
For the Jets, defensively a lot of their success will come down to two factors, will Darrelle Revis play? And can the front seven get to Ben Roethlisberger? Offensively, can Mark Sanchez continue to perform like last week? How effective will the run game be.