When Hurricane Sandy begins to hit the shores on the east coast of the US mainland on Sunday, there will be two games on the NFL schedule that could very well be affected by the coming weather. The Philadelphia Eagles are hosting the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets will be home against the visiting Miami Dolphins.
These two games could definitely be subject to heavy rain along with high winds. According to weather reports, while it appears the full force of the storm won't be hitting until Monday, the advance forecast still calls for the leading edges of the storm to be affecting the coastline as early as Sunday.
This could result in difficulty moving the ball in the air and the wetness could lead to a slippery ball with fumbles, dropped passes and turnovers galore. If the weather reports hold true, expect lower than normal scoring games in both locations. In Philadelphia, the Eagles-Falcons game has a total of 43.5, according to the wagering site, Sportsbook. The Jets-Dolphins contest, which usually is already a low scoring match-up, has a point total of 39.5.
As the weather gets worse, the long passing game shortens up to dink-and-dunk passes and the running game becomes the way to effectively move the ball. This takes more time off the clock and the scoring slows down. Therefore, if you are a gambling man, then the bet to make in these games is under the point total.