When the Falcons take the field in Philadelphia, they will have more than just the Eagles to contend with. They will have the worst the mother nature can throw at them.
Look at this report from Weather.com. With only hours left until game-time, the forecast calls not only for rain, but also winds of 18 MPH. If one of these weren’t enough, the two of these elements combines to be deadly for the passing games of both teams.
Note that it doesn’t simply say ‘partly cloudy’, ‘scattered showers’, or ‘isolated thunderstorms’. This inclement weather is expected to be consistent rain throughout the entirety of the day.
This is a direct result of Hurricane Sandy, a storm which began pummeling the Eastern seaboard last night.
Hopefully the rain holds off, or is extremely light, similar to the weather that was experienced in Washington D.C. three weeks ago.
If not, both teams will experience struggles in the passing game due to trouble with the slickness of the ball, as well as the wind blowing the ball off course.
The only advantage I see for the Falcons is that Mike Vick has already struggled holding onto the ball in dry situations. The addition of water to the equation only stands to create more turnovers for Vick.
Expect both teams to try to really establish the run early, as continued play on a slippery, wet field is not conducive to a prolific passing attack.