NFL Weather Forecast for Eagles vs. Bucs: Tampa Will See Strong Winds & Rain on Sunday Afternoon
Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images. Pictured: The ground crew at Raymond James Stadium
- Sunday's NFL playoff wild-card slate gets underway with the Philadelphia Eagles taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1 p.m. ET) at Raymond James Stadium.
- According to the latest Eagles vs. Bucs forecast, severe storms in Tampa will bring along strong winds and the potential for rain on Sunday afternoon.
- Below we detail the updated Eagles vs. Buccaneers weather forecast, including how wet and windy conditions are affecting NFL playoff odds.
Eagles vs. Buccaneers Odds
|Date||Sunday, Jan. 16|
|Time||1 p.m. ET|
*Odds as of Sunday morning
Winter weather has been a huge storyline already on Wild Card Weekend and will continue to be again on Sunday.
As we all saw, yesterday’s Patriots vs. Bills matchup was played in extremely cold Buffalo conditions.
On Sunday it’s not the cold that players (and bettors) should necessarily be worried about, but storms that will bring rain and strong breezes are expected to plague today’s Eagles vs. Buccaneers game.
With this in mind, let’s take a deeper dive into Sunday’s Eagles vs. Buccaneers weather forecast in Tampa, including its effect on NFL wild-card odds.
Eagles vs. Buccaneers NFL Weather Forecast
As recently as Tuesday, the Eagles vs. Buccaneers over/under sat a 49.5, but thanks to an ugly emerging Tampa weather forecast, bettors clearly took note by pounding the under.
As of Sunday morning, that total now sits at 46 (click here for updated Eagles vs. Bucs NFL odds) and the latest Tampa weather forecast is still expecting extremely ugly conditions.
The latest Eagles vs. Bucs weather forecast is calling for severe storms in Tampa on Sunday, but the timing of the storms is key regarding today’s game.
According to RotoGrinders meteorologist Kevin Roth, “After a bit of a deeper dive, models are pushing the rain (and the worst of the wind) through before kickoff in Tampa Bay.
Still, it’s at best a breezy game, and maybe that storm line ends up slowing down and bringing rain. But right now I would expect dry but breezy weather in Tampa, 15-20 mph sustained and gusts around 30.”
Strong, gusty breezes can make it difficult on offenses to score points through passing and kicking, which has led to lower-than-expected scoring historically.
According to our Action Labs software, 55% of NFL games played in average winds of at least double-digits have gone under the closing total since 2003.
And as Roth detailed above, Sunday’s Eagles vs. Bucs NFL wild-card game should easily clear that 10-mph benchmark.