NFL Weather Report and Forecast Week 18: Snow and Wind Could Cause Havoc Around the League

What does the Week 18 NFL weather report reveal in terms of which games could be impacted by snowy and windy conditions this week?

It has taken until Week 18, but finally, we are set to see some wintery weather impact multiple NFL games. With snow set to hit the Northeast throughout the day, which games could be heavily impacted? Let’s examine the Week 18 NFL weather report and any fantasy football implications of the current forecasts.

Week 18 NFL Weather Report and Fantasy Impact

Weather forecasts are up to date as of 10:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2023. Forecasts for the games are from the National Weather Service.

New York Jets at New England Patriots | 1 p.m.

  • Expected Temperature: Low-30s
  • Showers: >90% chance of snow at kickoff but decreasing throughout the game
  • Wind: 14 mph northeasterly with gusts up to 30 mph

It looks like we could have a winter wonderland up in New England for the game against the New York Jets. The area could see in excess of five or six inches falling throughout the day Sunday, and a large chunk of that could fall during the game. The current forecast for the Foxborough and Boston area calls for more than two inches of snow to fall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

That heavy snowfall is then expected to be accompanied by winds in excess of 15 mph, which makes for a really tricky situation. Usually, in these heavy snow games, we see little in the way of the kicking or deep-passing game. Often we do not see much of the passing game at all.

From a fantasy perspective, the run game is really the only play here. We do often see RBs have good days in snow games because it is easier for the offense in cold and snowy conditions as the defense is the one having to react all the time.

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals | 1 p.m.

  • Expected Temperature: High-30s
  • Showers: 20% chance of snow and rain at kickoff, decreasing throughout the game
  • Wind: 13-15 mph westerly

Another place we could see snow on Sunday is at Paycor Stadium for the Battle of Ohio between the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals. However, unlike New England, the Cincinnati forecast suggests the worst of the snow should have passed either before kickoff or early into the game.

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We could see wintery conditions in Cincinnati during pregame, but hopefully, there will not be too much of a weather impact on the game itself.

The 14 mph winds should not have a major impact, so all fantasy options should be a go here — assuming you want to trust Jeff Driskel and Jake Browning this week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers | 1 p.m.

  • Expected Temperature: Low-50s
  • Showers: <10% chance of precipitation
  • Wind: 15 mph westerly with gusts up to 24 mph

While we are unlikely to see any snow in Carolina, there could be some weather issues in the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers.

There are expected to be sustained winds in the 15 mph region, and gusts could reach up to 25 mph during the game itself.

That could impact both the passing and kicking games, but the impact is unlikely to be terminal from a fantasy perspective. The likes of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin should still be options you can utilize this week in a must-win game for the Buccaneers.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans | 1 p.m.

  • Expected Temperature: High-40s
  • Showers: <10% chance of precipitation
  • Wind: 10 mph westerly with gusts up to 18 mph

The weather could also be an issue in Nashville as the Tennessee Titans host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

However, much like the game in Carolina, there is no real reason to downgrade the main pass-catching weapons here.

The biggest headache will be working out which Jaguars receivers to trust with the potential for Calvin Ridley, Zay Jones, and Christian Kirk all being active and utilized in the offense this week.

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants | 4:25 p.m.

  • Expected Temperature: High-30s
  • Showers: 20% chance of snow and rain at kickoff, decreasing throughout the game
  • Wind: 8 mph northwesterly

The late-afternoon slate should be clear of the worst of the weather in the Northeast, with the snow set to fall earlier in the day. However, the current NFL weather report is still showing some snow in the New Jersey area when this game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants kicks off.

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The good news is that the snow should not be too heavy and it should clear during the first half. The second portion of the game should be clear and allow the skill position players to make up for any issues from the weather in the first half.

The likes of A.J. Brown and Dallas Goedert should be fine unless they get benched, with the Eagles or Cowboys having a big lead…

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Commanders | 4:25 p.m.

  • Expected Temperature: High-40s
  • Showers: <10% chance of precipitation
  • Wind: 16 mph westerly with gusts up to 30 mph

The worst of the weather may actually be in the other NFC East game down at FedEx Field.

The Dallas Cowboys will have been hoping to blow the Washington Commanders away and get their players on the bench, but the weather could limit their offense. The wind gusts could have a major impact if they are relatively sustained.

The Cowboys will still find a way to get the ball into the hands of CeeDee Lamb, but the likes of Brandon Cooks, Terry McLaurin, and Jahan Dotson are all more volatile. The danger from this game from a fantasy perspective is that if the Cowboys are up big at the half, they could bench Dak Prescott and Lamb during the second half.

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers | 4:25 p.m.

  • Expected Temperature: Low-50s
  • Showers: <10% chance of precipitation
  • Wind: 9 mph northwesterly

The weather looks perfectly fine in Santa Clara, but whether you can actually trust anyone in this game from a fantasy perspective is a different matter. A QB matchup between Sam Darnold and Carson Wentz is not at all what fantasy managers would like to see this week, but that is what we have on the docket.

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers | 4:25 p.m.

  • Expected Temperature: Low-30s
  • Showers: <10% chance of precipitation
  • Wind: 8 mph westerly

Normally when there are snowy conditions, if you’ve followed the NFL for any length of time your mind instantly jumps to Lambeau Field and the frozen tundra. It will be cold up in Green Bay, but outside of that, the weather conditions should be fine for football. If you were on the fence over DJ Moore or the Packers’ WRs, the weather should not be a reason to sit them.

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins | 8:20 p.m.

  • Expected Temperature: High-60s
  • Showers: <10% chance of precipitation
  • Wind: 10 mph northerly

The weather forecast in Miami is fine for the most part, but there is a threat of those winds turning gusty later in the game.

However, we have also seen that wind gusts do not tend to play a huge role in Hard Rock Stadium. The roof of the stadium protects the field from the worst of the elements.

Nothing in the weather report for the final NFL regular-season game would suggest you need to bench at fantasy options in this game.

Games Played in Stadiums With a Retractable Roof

  • Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions | Sunday, 1 p.m.
  • Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints | Sunday, 1 p.m.
  • Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals | Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
  • Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers | Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
  • Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders | Sunday, 4:25 p.m.

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