The Super Bowl futures betting experts know that Super Bowl XLVIII will be held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. That is the home of the New York Jets and the New York Giants and it is right in the middle of one of the harshest winter weather corridors in the country. With the weather all over the country getting more intense over the past few years, the wisdom of putting a Super Bowl in New Jersey is being questioned. But just how much will the New Jersey gales of February affect the outcome of Super Bowl XLVIII? The reality is that the weather will have a huge impact on the big game.
Dome Teams Are In Trouble
The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints routinely appear on betting sites as two favorites to make it to the Super Bowl this season. Both the Colts and the Saints play in domed stadiums, which means that neither team experiences much bad weather when they play. The Colts may get into a snowstorm when the play in New England and the Saints may have to deal with the cold when they visit the Giants, but these two contenders will be drastically ill-equipped for a Super Bowl in New Jersey. In the past, dome teams were not at such a severe disadvantage because the Super Bowl was always played in areas that had nice weather. But with the potential for the Super Bowl taking place in a blizzard, even Drew Brees is in trouble.
The Kicking Games Could Suffer
MetLife Stadium is an open stadium in an area traditionally known for its strong winter winds. Gusts in MetLife Stadium in the winter can reach 30 and 40 miles per hour. When you couple that with snow, you get conditions that are horrible for a kicking game. There have been plenty of Super Bowls that were decided by field goals of 40 yards or more. The online betting experts do not expect a 40+ yard field goal to even be possible in Super Bowl XLVIII. The other problem is the punting game. No matter how good your punter is, a 40 MPH wind in his face is going to blow the ball back towards him. The weather could eliminate the punting game completely for both teams.
The Passing Games Could Be Grounded
The Seattle Seahawks are a Super Bowl contender with one of the best corps of wide receivers in the league. But in Super Bowl XLVIII, the weather could make those wide receivers completely useless. What about Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ passing attack? Manning spent most of his career in the dome in Indy and will only have two seasons in Denver under his belt by the time Super Bowl XLVIII comes around. If the weather makes it impossible for Peyton Manning to pass the ball, then that will definitely skew the game in favor of the NFC.