As if playing in Seattle wasn’t hard enough, now the Packers will have to play there with the wind getting in the ball’s way as well.
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The weather is expected to play quite a factor in the NFC Championship Game in Seattle between the Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers.
NFL Media’s Stacey Dales reported on NFL GameDay Morning that it rained enough overnight in Seattle to warrant a flood warning advisory in the area, but the more serious issue come kickoff could be the wind. Winds are expected to between 15 and 25 mph throughout the game with gusts up to 60 mph, per Dales.
The wind could have a huge impact on both the passing game and the kicking game. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is dealing with an injured calf and could lose some touch on the ball and struggle to beat the strong winds if he can’t put his lower body into throws.
In addition, the winds could also have a huge impact on the kicking game in a matchup that will likely be decided by who gets to score last.
The Seahawks will likely not be impacted nearly as much as the Packers, as they rely on a power running game anchored by RB Marshawn Lynch. QB Russell Wilson is also extremely mobile in the pocket and can make plays down the field with the read-option passing game.