Steelers vs. Browns in Cleveland:
It’s the first winter storm of the season after such a mild start to November, and it comes right in time for football Sunday in Cleveland. A mixture of rain and snow is expected throughout the game, with wind gusts reaching more than 30 mph. Not the most ideal weather to play football, so both teams should rely heavily on keeping the ball on the ground. Start Isaiah Crowell -– he hasn’t been doing too well in recent weeks, but Pittsburgh has given up the third most fantasy points to opposing backs this year. Sit Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman. Any Browns receiver is hard to trust, even the ones with talent, due to such a shaky quarterback situation. With snow and wind in the forecast, that seals the deal to keep them on your bench. Le'Veon Bell should have another huge game in this inviting matchup against the Browns during a winter storm. The last time Bell played in precipitation was his season debut against Kansas City, and he totaled 144 yards, so look for the Steelers to lean on Bell a lot this Sunday.
Bears vs. Giants in East Rutherford:
That winter storm will also be affecting the northeast, but will likely be too warm during the day on Sunday for any snow. Scattered showers and gusty winds will be possible during the game. Although the weather won’t be perfect, it’s good enough to start Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard at home and against one of the weakest pass defenses in the NFL. Sit Rashad Jennings though; Paul Perkins is getting more work, but the Giants' backfield isn’t that great overall. On the Bears, Jay Cutler blew it against Tampa Bay last week throwing two interceptions and fumbling. The Bears will likely run the ball more now anyway with Alshon Jeffery suspended for four games. That makes Jordan Howard a good start this week if he is healthy enough to play. Even though Jeremy Langford is back, Howard has obviously become the starting running back and should have a good game against the Giants in the wet and windy weather.
Here are your top 10 players to start and sit based on the weather this week:
Way Back Weather game this week is the 1948 NFL Championship Game between the Chicago Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles. It was also known as The Philly Blizzard because heavy snow fell in Philadelphia throughout the entire game, and the first championship game to be televised. So much snow fell that day the grounds crew actually needed help from the players to remove the snow-covered tarp from the field, and were telling fans if they showed up with a shovel they would get in free! Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren had the only score of the game and was the only reason the Eagles won. With his car buried in snow he originally thought the game would be cancelled, but after a call from his couch he finds out that isn’t the case. He ends up taking a bus, train, and even walking in the blizzard just to get to the Championship game, win it, then go right back home the same way.