Green Bay Weather Forecast Could Significantly Impact Packers vs Vikings Matchup

Jason Schandl
Packers vs Vikings weather could have a big impact on their Week 8 matchup.
Packers vs Vikings weather could have a big impact on their Week 8 matchup. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season brings us our first real dose of extreme weather conditions, which threaten to shake up plenty of matchups, including the NFC North clash between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.

When we're talking about extreme weather at Lambeau Field we're usually looking at cold and snow, but today it's heavy winds that will play a role instead.

There's no precipitation in the forecast today, but with temperatures hovering just a few degrees above freezing and winds in the mid-20 mile-per-hour range (with gusts north of 40), throwing the football won't be easy.

The Vikings are already one of the most run-heavy teams in football, rushing on 46.9% of their plays (No. 5 in the NFL), and the Packers (43.6%, No. 14) are more run-happy than average as well. Both teams could end up running the ball significantly more often than we're used to seeing.

When the Vikings have thrown, they've favored the long-ball. Kirk Cousins' 9.6-yard average depth of target (aDOT) is the second-longest among all qualifying QBs in 2020. Aaron Rodgers has been no stranger to stretching the field either, sitting tied for 12th at 8.5 yards.

Both offenses will likely be forced to change their approach and favor shorter, easier passes since the wind gusts will make deep passes unreliable.

With such adverse conditions, the over/under in this game has fallen to 48.5 on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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