The NFL is adored around the globe for its excitement and unpredictability – whatever the weather. In fact, some of the most entertaining games have taken place in the worst possible conditions. Just look back to the legendary 1967 ‘Ice Bowl’ NFL Championship game between the Cowboys and Packers. The temperature on the field was a brutal -48°F thanks to the wind chill and a malfunctioning turf-heating system. The frigid temperatures did not stop the Cowboys and Packers from putting on what is still considered one of the greatest games in NFL history.
With this in mind, let’s dig deeper into how different NFL teams are impacted by the weather, and if certain franchises are affected more significantly than others.
To do this, The Action Network analyzed average weather conditions at each NFL stadium over the course of the last regular season to see which teams were impacted most by weather conditions. Those teams with fixed or retractable stadium roofs were not included in the analysis. We added in the teams with the most extreme weather’s home vs. away record. So, is the weather really a home field advantage?
Furthermore, we also spoke to meteorologist Kevin Roth, to explain how varying weather conditions impact the game from a technical perspective.