The National Weather Service is predicting a mixture of freezing rain and snow for Sunday’s battle royale. Because this matchup is of utmost importance to the AFC’s playoff picture, and specifically the #3 seed, we examine which team has the advantage in the cold December rain.
At first glimpse, you would have to give the edge to the Bengals simply because they routinely practice and play in cold environments. Their home games and divisional opponents all exist in less than pleasant wintry cities. The Colts play in a dome. Their divisional away games are in Texas, Florida and Tennessee.
Last year, Andy Dalton and the Bengals were 3-1 in their December games played in cold weather (Philly, Pitt and Cincy). The Colts only played in two cold stadiums during the regular season, beating Kansas City and giving up 59 points to New England on a November 18th game. Of course, they were man-handled in Baltimore in the playoffs.
Both quarterbacks played their collegiate ball in warmer states, but Andy certainly has more professional experience throwing the ball in these conditions. This, Luck’s second season in the league, will be his first game of 2013 played north of Tennessee that is not in a dome.