Bengals vs. Browns: Severe weather could impact game

Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals have dealt with bad weather several times this year. This could be the worst.

As New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took the field late in the fourth quarter, the football gods opened thunder- clouds and wrecked havoc with torrential rains that angled more horizontally than vertically. Brady eventually threw an interception to Adam Jones, securing Cincinnati's 13-6 win over the New England Patriots.

Last week, it was calm skies by a gusty wind led to overthrows, under-throws, and sideways-throws as Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton struggled to fight through it. Mike Nugent missed a 42-yard field goal and Kevin Huber had his worst performance of the season. As the Bengals and Ravens set offenses back 10 years, it was the defensive effort that kept Cincinnati in the game long enough for an overtime loss.

The weather may have a significant impact again this weekend.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, there's an 80 percent chance of scattered showers with winds that could gust as high as 40 miles per hour. And it could get worse.

According to the current weather models, severe weather could begin as early as 4 p.m. or right near the end of the football game. There is even the chance of isolated tornadoes, but meteorologist Mike Kurz said that the biggest threat will be damaging winds that could whip up to 60 mph or greater.

Even though they struggled to fight through winds in Baltimore, Cincinnati's kickers are accustomed to this type of weather, writes Paul Dehner Jr.

Both Southwest Ohio products landed on Southwest Ohio’s professional football franchise. Their arrival isn’t for fan recognition or a geographic coincidence. They come by design.

"That’s why when you pick guys for this division you pick guys who are familiar with this part of the country," special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons said. "They kick in it their whole life. They have been here. It’s different."

This will make things interesting.

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