Ever wonder why your fingers, feet, ears and other extremities get especially chilly in frigid weather?
The body adjusts to extremely cold weather by correcting the flow of blood. Crucial organs, like the liver and heart, get more blood that’s redirected away from the extremities, like the hands, feet and ears. Blood vessels in the extremities constrict, almost shutting off, leaving the skin at higher risk of frostbite.
That is the medical definition, but anybody who’s ever laced on skates in an outdoor rink, hit the slopes, or perhaps participated in a friendly snowball fight can tell you your motor abilities decrease in frigid weather. Throwing a football with numb fingers isn’t only catchy, but it can be debilitating. In actuality, playing any position with numb fingers increases the odds of”finger jams”, which is only when tingling stops you from squeezing the ball the way you normally would and increases the possibility of an accident on impact with the ball or an opposing player. It’s only one of the numerous tiny inconveniences of playing in cold weather. Everything constricts in chilly weather, for example, pigskin, leaving the ball using an entirely different sense – throwing a chilly football is completely different than throwing a warm soccer with an expanded hide.
Playing in the cold is perfected through practice, so teams who are made to practice in the cold are always going to perform better in that circumstance. Pay close attention in cold weather games into the quarterback, and his expertise in the circumstance. Teams that practice at the cold mostly include Green Bay, Chicago, Denver, The Giants, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Bills, Ravens, Patriots, Browns, Bengals, Redskins and to a lesser degree – The Chiefs and Titans. Players who exercise in chilly weather changes year to year; Brett Farvre is among the all time best – in almost any weather.
There were 10 regular season games in 1998 (our evaluation season) in which the game time temperature was recorded at less than 40 degrees.
Week 16 – Baltimore @ Chicago – 36 levels
Week 16 – Tennessee @ Green Bay – 29 levels – snow
Week 17 – Minnesota @ Tennessee – 35 levels
Week 17 – NY Giants @ Philadelphia – 37 levels
Do you understand what the 10 coldest matches of this year have in common, aside from the fact that they were the 10 coldest games of this year? In each of the 10 games, the preferred won the match, usually by a landslide. In actuality, the favorite had an ATS mark of 8-2 in the 10 coldest games of this year.
Not only did the favorites from these cold wars win the match, like their hot air cousins, the favorites dominated. In actuality, of all of the underdogs in those 10 competitions, only two did the underdog score over 16 points, Kansas City in their 35-31 loss to Denver, and Tennessee in their 30-22 loss at Green Bay. In the other eight matches, the underdogs scored only 72 points combined, or, nine points per game normally. The favorites scored 263 points combined, for greater than 26 ppg typically. Again, below the TOTAL dominated the sportsbooks in those matches, as the Under performed to a song of 7-2-1 in those 10 games.
It is interesting to note that the NFL was pretty fair in the scheduling of the cold wars, as just San Diego & Tampa Bay were asked to go”out of their element” with respect to playing in cold weather. San Diego was wasted in Denver, managing only 10 points, but Tampa Bay shocked many in a 35-0 rout of the Bengals in Synergy Field in 39 degree weather.
To put it differently, it certainly appears that favorites in a cold weather game are preferred for good reason.