Week 9 of the NFL season is stacked with great matchups on FOX.
The Minnesota Vikings go on the road to take on the Baltimore Ravens. The Vikings just lost to the Dallas Cowboys even though they did not have starting quarterback Dak Prescott.
In a matchup of two of the worst teams in the NFL this season, the Houston Texans will be taking on the Miami Dolphins. The Green Bay Packers will travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs, in what many think could be a potential Super Bowl preview. But the Packers will be without reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers.
Then in a matchup of NFC West rivals, the Arizona Cardinals face off against the San Francisco 49ers. These teams met less than a month ago, but a lot has changed on both sides.
So on Fridays throughout the season, we pick FOX NFL games based on how teams have historically performed in certain weather conditions using data from SportsWeather.
SportsWeather.com season record: 17-7
SportsWeather has its own metrics system that compiles historical game-time weather data and meshes it against both NFL teams and player historical performance.
SportsWeather doesn’t compile data for games that are played in domes and all data is from the last 14 seasons.
GAME 1: Minnesota Vikings (3-4) at Baltimore Ravens (5-2) - 1 p.m. Eastern on FOX
It'll be on the chilly side in Baltimore on Sunday, but perfect for some football. It's forecast to be 55 degrees at game time. When that happens, the Vikings currently stand at 19-28 while the Ravens are 20 games over .500 at 64-44. Winds are expected to be at 6 mph. In those conditions, historically, Minnesota is 9-19-1 and Baltimore holds a record of 35-21. There's a 0% chance of any precipitation as well, so when that's the case, the Vikings come in at 42-56-2 and the Ravens are an impressive 117-53.
PICK: SportsWeather.com gives a very slight edge to the Ravens and predicts them to beat the Vikings.
GAME 2: Houston Texans (1-7) at Miami Dolphins (1-7) - 1 p.m. Eastern on FOX
You couldn't have asked for better weather in Miami on Sunday. It's expected to be 72 degrees at the start of the game with a nice breeze, as winds are forecast to be blowing at 12 mph. In games where the temperature was 72 degrees, the Texans are 27-32 and the Dolphins are 33-27. When playing in games where the wind was at 12 mph, the Texans come in at 15-11, while the Dolphins are slightly above .500 at 49-48. There's no precipitation expected in Miami. Houston is 49-54 and Miami is 85-92 when that takes place.
PICK: SportsWeather.com gives the weather edge to the Dolphins and predicts them to beat the Texans.
GAME 3: Green Bay Packers (7-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-4) - 4:25 p.m. Eastern on FOX
For a game in early November in Kansas City, the weather conditions will be great for football. It's going to be 68 degrees at game time. Both teams perform pretty well at that temperature with the Chiefs coming in at 63-41 and the Packers at 44-31. A little breezy with winds at 12 mph, where the Packers hold a record of 37-17-1 and the Chiefs are 33-35. Currently, there's a 0% chance of precipitation. When that's the case, both teams are hard to beat, as the Chiefs are 100-82 and the Packers are 105-57-2.
PICK: SportsWeather.com gives the weather edge to the Chiefs and predicts them to beat the Packers.
GAME 4: Arizona Cardinals (7-1) at San Francisco 49ers (3-4) - 4:25 p.m. Eastern on FOX
The weather won't have too much of an impact on this game. In San Francisco, at game-time, it's forecast to be 63 degrees (Records - Cardinals: 23-34; 49ers: 47-55-1) with winds blowing at 10 mph (Records - Cardinals: 29-51; 49ers: 63-52) and a 0% chance of any precipitation (Records - Cardinals: 38-58-1; 49ers: 70-66-1).
PICK: SportsWeather.com gives a very slight weather edge to the 49ers and predicts them to beat the Cardinals.
Make sure to check out SportsWeather.com just prior to the game for any late-breaking conditions that could impact the outcome as weather (wind forecasted weather) oftentimes rapidly change.