One of the interesting angles to Sunday's Eagles-Lions game is the weather. To what extent will the elements have an impact on the game?
According to weather.com, a high of 36 F and a low of 31 F is expected. The temperature will feel around 27 degrees. The chance of snowfall is 70%, but accumulation is expected to be less than an inch. Here's an hourly look starting at the 1 PM EST kickoff.
Here's a summary of the forecast for the Eagles game, per John Bolaris.
1 p.m. kick-off: 35 degrees with cloudy skies
2:30-3:30: Light snow and sleet developing
Travel home, 4-5 p.m.: Icing north and west.
City: Wet roadways
Southern New Jersey: Wet roadways
A mix of light snow and sleet falling as you leave, with mainly wet roadways from city and across southern New Jersey, and icing of some roadways possible if your heading north and west of the Blue Route.
So we know what to expect out of the weather. But what to expect out of the game?
People are quick to note that the Lions play at home in a dome. So will the visiting team be at a disadvantage in the elements on Sunday? Consider two of Detroit's division rivals play outdoors in the cold: Green Bay and Chicago. The players deal with the Detroit cold in daily life outside of football. This isn't entirely new to them.
As for the Eagles, the weather question revolves around the team's starting quarterback. Can Nick Foles, who's Texas-born and played college football in Arizona, handle the elements? Foles was already tested in the weather when he started against the Green Bay Packers a few weeks back. He did alright in that game. He also fared well in a certain cold college game. In a game where the temperatures were near 40 and it was raining, Foles threw for a collegiate career best 448 yards against the Oregon Ducks in 2010.
It's hard to say the weather will be a major factor in this game, but it will be something to watch.
Dress warm and drive safe out there, everyone.