The Detroit Lions are 0-3 in outdoor games this season. However, they haven’t really had to face much in the way of elements that typically come with an outdoor game. They played both the Packers and the Bears in the first four weeks of the season, with temperatures well over 60 degrees in both games. However, they did have a game at Metlife Stadium against the New York Giants that had some of the elements. While it was a warm December day that reached 50 degrees at halftime, there was a light drizzle throughout the game that was particularly of note since Matthew Stafford was dealing with a finger injury he suffered the previous week against Chicago.
Now the the Lions will head to Seattle to face a Seahawks team that is used to playing in rough, rainy conditions. Seattle is obviously well-known for their rainy conditions and the Seahawks have played through the rain at home on at least on four occasions this year.
However, it looks like the Lions may luck out once again on Saturday night, as the weather conditions are extremely favorable considering the time of year:
Though the temperature will be undeniably cold, the Lions may catch a break and miss out on any rain/snow combination. There are varying reports on the likelihood of precipitation during the game. The above weatherbug predicts no rain or snow all night—remember, the game is being played at 5:15 p.m. local time or 17:15 in military time, as listed above.
However, other weather forecasting sites think there’s a chance of a rain/snow combination toward the end of the game. Accuweather is predicting precipitation as early as 4 p.m. PT, while Weather.com thinks it’ll be until 8 p.m. local time until the snow showers begin.
Either way, it doesn’t seem like the rain/snow will be a huge factor. If it does come, it will likely be late in the game, and it doesn’t appear to be too heavy. That being said, if the game is on the line and suddenly it starts raining/snowing in the fourth quarter, it could have a noticeable impact during the game’s defining moments.