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Weather could factor during Bengals game on Thursday Night Football

Initial forecasts say that Thursday's game could feature dropping temperatures, rain and wind gusts between 20-30 miles/hour. Or as some would call it... football weather.

Matt Sullivan

As we approach winter, we should start expecting less-than-ideal conditions... even if "this is football weather" actually applies. You may leave work at 6 p.m. on a Tuesday, finding complete darkness and a rainy nuisance. (But then isn't that always the weather during election season?)

The weather could be an issue for Thursday's game when the Cincinnati Bengals play host to the Cleveland Browns. Temperatures are expected to fall into the mid-to-low 40s throughout the evening with scattered rain and gusts of wind anywhere between 20-30 miles/hour.

Nothing compares to the winds in '08 when the remnants of Hurricane Ike hit Cincinnati with 50-70 MPH winds. Cincinnati's game against the Tennessee Titans was affected, as were the millions who lost power -- some for more than a week. Most footballs that were kicked or thrown, looked like the trajectory of most of our golf shots. We're not expecting this at all.

Undoubtedly, someone just stood up and shouted, "bring it, this is football weather." They won't say the same thing after getting sick for three days due to their charming, yet pointless, effort to paint orange and black on their shirtless bodies. Football fans. We're a weird bunch.