The Patriots have already played one game in the pouring rain this year (Week 1 against the Eagles), and it looks like they’re about to play another.
New England travels to East Rutherford, NJ this week to take on the Jets in an AFC East rivalry matchup. Unfortunately for the players and fans in attendance, the weather conditions look pretty miserable.
Patriots Weather Forecast Week 3
A tropical cyclone is making its way up the East Coast and is expected to affect several NFL Week 3 games on Sunday, including Colts-Ravens in Baltimore, Pats-Jets in New Jersey and Bills-Commanders in Washington DC.
It’s still hurricane season, so this type of extreme weather isn’t unusual this time of year. Still, the wind and rain could have a major impact on the aforementioned trio of games, including New England vs New York.
As we know, bad weather tends to favor defense and limit offense. Teams tend to play more conservatively in bad weather, opting for more running plays and fewer passing plays to avoid turning the ball over.
That’s notable for Pats-Jets, which already has the lowest projected total of Week 3 at 36.5 points.
The weather will only exacerbate these teams’ offensive woes. New England ranks 22nd in the NFL in scoring so far at 18.5 points per game, while New York is even worse at 27th (16.0 PPG).
Meanwhile, both teams have formidable defenses that should shine here. The Patriots’ unit should do especially well against Zach Wilson, who’s already incredibly turnover-prone even under the best conditions.
Remember the 10-3 game these teams played last year? It wouldn’t surprise me if we see another low-scoring game like that on Sunday. Maybe not that extreme, but would anyone be shocked if the final score was 17-10?
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