When a road matchup with the Miami Dolphins is on the schedule, you accept it will probably be hot. It certainly was when the Green Bay Packers last played there eight years ago.
Well, not on Christmas Day.
It should feel far more familiar for the Packers in mild temperatures.
According to Weather.com, it is only expected to reach 55 degrees on Sunday. Compare that to Friday’s temperature of 81 degrees, and there is a significant difference.
The Packers will be delighted with that.
While the ideal scenario would see the Dolphins travel to a frozen Lambeau Field on Christmas Day, they will be more than happy to visit Miami in mild conditions this weekend.
Had the game been played in September or October, it almost certainly would’ve been hot in Miami. The Packers wouldn’t just be competing with the Dolphins, but also the tough conditions.
The Dolphins have an advantage in hot temperatures as their sideline is in the shade, while the visiting team stands in direct sunlight.
Well, it shouldn’t be an issue for the Packers on Sunday, as the temperatures will much more closely resemble an October game in Green Bay.
Regardless of the weather, this will be a challenging game for Matt LaFleur’s team. The defense must find a way to slow down an offense featuring Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, and Raheem Mostert.
It may require Green Bay’s best performance of the season to leave Miami with a Christmas Day victory.
But if the Packers can find a way to win, it will set them up perfectly for two home games to close out the regular season. They would then know that by defeating the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions, they would only need a little bit of help elsewhere to make the playoffs.
First, they must defeat the Dolphins. The weather report is encouraging.