Brock and Bump detail how weather can impact Seahawks vs Giants
We’re nearly to November and fall has finally started to show up in terms of weather, but that hasn’t impacted the Seahawks yet. That likely will change on Sunday, though.
When the NFC West-leading Seahawks host the 6-1 New York Giants at Lumen Field Sunday afternoon, it’s expected to be wet and windy for the Week 8 clash between the two surprise contenders.
What kind of impact could that have on the matchup? Two former NFL players – Brock Huard and Michael Bumpus – shared their thoughts given their past experiences during their shows on Seattle Sports 710 AM on Friday.
For Huard, he’s less concerned about the precipitation and is focused more on the wind.
“You can deal with moisture, you can deal with cold, you can deal with rain, you can deal with snow. It is the 10 mph winds up to 25 mph gusts,” he said during Friday’s Brock and Salk. “So you’re going to have it looks like a southerly that is going to be blowing all afternoon and on top of it, gusts of 25 miles an hour.”
In particular, Huard thinks special teams will be impacted.
“You know what those kicks to the north end are going to do, right into that wind. You know the impact that wind plays in that stadium,” he said. ” … The havoc that (wind) can create in kicks, in catching punts and punting, all of those situations.”
Huard is looking for punter Michael Dickson to have a big day.
“So Mr. Dickson, you’ve not been called upon a lot this year. You’ve had … one incredible gaffe and one other block in the end zone where he should have took the safety and not a fumble for a touchdown,” Huard said. “He’s gonna have to be a dude. He’s gonna have to cut the wind on his punts, gonna have to be creative. There’s gonna be times where they flip that entire field that may lead to points. That wind will be as big a factor as anything in Lumen Field on Sunday.”
Aside from special teams, how does a potentially wet and windy day impact the game? Bumpus said the elements will “slow everything down” on offense, especially in the passing game.
“The rain, you’ve got throw the ball a bit harder. It’s wet. The ball … can get heavier,” he said during Friday’s Bump and Stacy.
And as a former punt returner, Bumpus said the ball moves a bit more when trying to field the kick.
He also thinks that we should see a run-heavy game from both the Seahawks and Giants.
“I see a lot of handoffs, I see calculated shots down the field,” he said. ” … It slows the game down, and it makes it harder to tackle. We saw (Saints running back) Alvin Kamara come out here (last year) in the rain is run all over us, It’s a real thing that guys get even more slippery in the rain. So it does a lot of things. It changes what you want to do and what you can do. So expect lots of handoffs if it is raining.”