As the NY Jets prepare to hopefully end their eight-year losing streak against the New England Patriots on Sunday, they might need to start preparing for some severe weather.
Multiple weather forecasts predict that a so-called "tropical cyclone" is headed straight for the East Coast this weekend, and is expected to make landfall in New York on Sunday.
If the current forecast holds up, the NFL might be forced to make a decision on the status of three games set to take place in the northeast this week — the Jets vs. Patriots, the Bills vs. the Commanders, and the Colts vs. the Ravens.
It's unclear at this time exactly how severe the weather will be, but with perhaps 3-5 inches of rain and winds between 35 and 45 mph, nothing is certain. A delay (or perhaps even worse) is very much on the table if projections hold up.
The NY Jets game on Sunday could be delayed due to severe weather
This wouldn't be the first time that severe weather impacted a Jets game this season, and it's only Week 3. Players and team personnel were forced off the field prior to the team's Week 1 game against the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football.
While the game was able to start without a delay, it's possible that the wet turf at least partially contributed to Aaron Rodgers' unfortunate torn Achilles. Now, the Jets return to MetLife Stadium with even worse conditions ahead.
The Jets enter Sunday's matchup with the Patriots riding a 14-game losing streak against their division rivals. It'll be another opportunity for the Jets to avenge their previous losses and finally get one over on their nemesis.
Given the still-fresh disappointment of last week's 30-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, a win this week is even more important. The Jets could improve to 2-1 on the season and 2-0 in the division with a win over the Patriots.
The weather could force both teams to rely heavily on their ground game, perhaps leading to more touches for Breece Hall this week. We could also see a heavy dose of Rhamondre Stevenson and Ezekiel Elliott from New England.
This is a situation that bears monitoring over the next couple of days. Jets and Patriots fans could be in for a wild ride come Sunday.