Weather will more than likely play a big factor in Saturday’s AFC Wild Card game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinatti Bengals, according to the current forecast as it’s likely to be wet and cold.
When the two teams take the field Saturday night at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinatti, weather.com is forecasting it to be cloudy with periods of rain with thunder possibly with a low temperature of 38 degrees. Additionally, winds are expected to be out of the south at 10-20 mph. The rain chance Saturday night is currently 100%.
It’s hard to say which team, if any, will have a decisive advantage Saturday night in the rainy and wet conditions but being as this game will mark the first career playoff start for Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron, one would think that inclement weather won’t make things any easier for him.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, however, has played several games in the cold and rain during his career and while I don’t yet have those stats for you as to how he’s performed in those games, at least he has experience in those kind of games in addition to playing in the playoffs.
The running games for both teams will likely be an even bigger key Saturday night in the rain and that edge might go to the Bengals if Steelers starting running back DeAngelo Williams is unable to play due to a right foot injury that he suffered this past Sunday.