Dress warmly Steeler fans. The current temperature in Pittsburgh is 25 degrees with a wind chill of 15 degrees. Expect the temperature to drop significantly as game-time approaches. As displayed earlier today on ESPN, there is a good bit of snow at Heinz Field. It appears that the field will be cleared of all snow by game time but expect snow flurries (per weather.com) later this evening in the mass of 1-3 inches.
The National Weather Service has issue a winter weather advisory for the Pittsburgh area. For details, click here.
Expect Heinz Field to be a bit sloppy with these weather conditions and the wetness of its natural grass turf.
Who does this favor? Well, its difficult to say. I think the bad weather and field conditions will favor the Baltimore Ravens defense both against stopping the run and offensively, running the football. Fast Willie Parker has struggled with cut-back ability at Heinz Field when conditions are bad. In contrast, the Ravens have more success playing power football with the run game with north-south runners Ray Rice, and LeRon McClain at tailback.
However, if the Steelers can stop the running game of the Ravens, I feel this will put tremendous pressure on rookie quarterback, Joe Flacco. This will allow a Steelers attacking defense to blitz the inexperienced QB.
While the bad weather may be a negative for the Steelers running attack, the passing game shouldn’t struggle too much. The Ravens secondary is beat up and if given the time to throw the ball, Ben Roethlisberger should be successful. The wide receivers know their routes which give them the slight advantage while the defense could “slip up” (literally) on the grass at Heinz Field. Let’s hope the offense play calling by Bruce Arians can take advantage of these situations.