The New England Patriots are going to need all the help they can get to beat Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Sunday night, and it looks like they’re going to get a helping hand from Mother Nature.
The temperature at kickoff is forecasted to be around 20 degrees, with a wind chill in the single digits. Manning has been especially futile playing in cold weather games during his long career, winning only twice in 10 attempts when the temperature was below freezing.
A quarterback who spent the majority of his career playing in the temperature-controlled confines of a dome stadium, Manning has tended to struggle when it’s cold outside and the wind is blowing. Tom Brady, on the other hand, has spent his whole career playing in, and winning, games in the cold.
The Patriots come into the game with a depleted secondary, and will have a hard time slowing down the dynamic Broncos offense. One way they can hope to keep Manning from passing with impunity and making the game a shootout is for the biting New England cold to get to him, just like it has done in the past.
The New England fan base has plenty of fond memories of Manning wilting under the frigid temperatures that come with playing in Foxboro late in the season. With one of the biggest games of the season coming this week, and the team looking to move on from a tough loss on Monday night, it looks like the home-weather advantage could be a big reason why the Patriots will pull off the upset on Sunday night.