As the Carolinas brace for a major hurricane, it could affect NFL games as well. The Colts play in D.C. this week, and the hurricane will affect playing conditions.
The Colts play their second game of the year in Washington D.C. against the Redskins. Normally they would just have to focus on their opponent. But they might have to prepare for more than just Alex Smith; they have to prepare for the weather as well.
As Hurricane Florence starts to get closer to the Carolinas, it’s path is becoming more clear. It looks like it will take a slight turn south. That is good news for both teams, as it was forecasted earlier to be further north and impact the area more.
No matter where exactly it makes landfall, it will have an effect on the game. The D.C. area is expected to get 2-4 inches of rain by Monday morning. A lot of that will fall on Sunday. Both teams need to be working with a wet ball during practice for sure.
The good news is is that the game should be played. The worst of the storm should be further south. However there will be a lot of rain and wind. It will be sloppy conditions. Those conditions favor a team with a stronger running game, which would be the Redskins.
The Colts need to work on running the ball all week in practice. They have to fix the problems in the running game if they want to have a chance in that game. They also need to protect the football at all costs in the wet conditions.
Hurricanes are obviously not something teams want to play in. But the Colts need to be mentally tough and focus on winning the game at any task.