The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t play any cold weather games this season, as the schedule makers were gracious enough to give them two games in domed stadiums to end the season.
So Sunday’s game against Carolina will represent the coldest game of the season for the Buccaneers, but will it have an impact on the game?
The forecast calls for freezing temperatures before dawn on Sunday in Charlotte, but it will warm quickly into the upper-40s and lower-50s by gametime. There are also scattered showers in the forecast during the day, but they likely won’t come until after the game.
There will also be very little wind, which means the weather will have no impact on the game at all. Cool, but not cold, weather with cloudy skies and no wind create perfect conditions for football, and neither team will see a benefit from the conditions.
So with no impact from the weather, the Buccaneers and Panthers will have to hope they can get healthy enough by gametime to have the depth they need to win this football game. Both teams are struggling with injuries to key players, so a dry, cool field should provide a safe surface for players dealing with the aches and pains of the NFL season.