The Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans on Thursday night in the first game of the NFL season. The weather might be dreary though. Could that impact how the offense plays?
The end of Labor Day usually signifies the end of summer and Kansas City experienced that to a tee, as the temperature difference between Monday and Tuesday went from summer to fall. This could make for pleasant temperatures for the Kansas City Chiefs when they host the Texans on Thursday, but rain is also in the forecast and that isn’t necessarily a good thing.
According to Weather.com, there’s a 20% chance of rain at 7 PM (the Chiefs kick off at 7:20) and it’ll be 60 degrees when the first kickoff of the NFL season takes place.
If it rains on Thursday night, it could make things tricky for the Kansas City Chiefs on offense.
As we all know, the Chiefs rely on their passing attack to win ball games for them and that could be hampered if it’s raining. We’ve seen the Chiefs win games in nasty weather before with the most noticeable one being last season’s home game against the Broncos when Arrowhead Stadium was in a freaking snow globe.
The Chiefs had little problem scoring in that one and the snow paired with the resurgent Chiefs defense was able to stifle the Broncos offense, which had been slowly starting to pick up steam prior to that game. The snow wasn’t a problem for the Chiefs, but they were also playing against a team who wasn’t a playoff contender.
If the rain impacts the passing attack, it won’t hurt the Chiefs as much as it would have last year, as they have a new weapon named Clyde Edwards-Helaire who can carry the ball for them in such a situation. The harder it rains, the more the Chiefs will rely on their first round rookie to make plays for them.
While the rain could slow the offense down at first, it shouldn’t take long for the offense to get the hang of things, dust off the rust and start making plays down the field. The weather paired with this being the team’s first bout of action since the Super Bowl is going to mean the offense could get off to a slow start anyway.
With the Midwest being so wishy washy when it comes to weather, there’s a good chance it doesn’t rain at all and the Chiefs can go on being their regular selves. We’ll just have to see what Mother Nature has in store for the defending champions as they begin their quest to run it back.