Although we had some unseasonably warm weather earlier this week, Saturday's game time conditions in Foxborough will be a bit frigid. Current game time temperature is expected to be just below freezing. With that in mind I decided to look at how the current Patriots perform in cold weather.
According toNFLWeather the Patriots have gone 12-2 in their last 14 home games when the temperature was below freezing. Their most recent loss was January 16, 2011 to the Jets. The year before they also exited the playoffs on a cold day. This time they got man-handled by the Ravens 14-33.
While that record of 12-2 takes us back quite a few years, I'm going to tighten my look at each offensive player's statistics to just the past 3 seasons. Additionally, I'm going to remove the receptions, yards and touchdowns that Brady had to Gronkowski during these seasons. It should be noted that the following statistics were gathered from the ESPN website with the temperature cutoff at 40 degrees.
TIGHT ENDS-Marty Bennett is the only tight end with more than a play or two worth of cold weather statistics.
RECEIVERS-They've had a decent amount of success in cold weather games. While the usual suspects haven't seen the endzone much in these games, Hogan and Mitchell have had some early success in Patriots' uniforms.
Running Backs-Newsflash, LeGarrette Blount missed a lot of practice time this week due to illness. While he is the man when it comes to running backs (thank you Pittsburgh), James White has put up almost all of his statistics in cold weather games. Is it what he does when he is given the chance? Is it the result of playing in late season games? Whatever it is, it is something to keep in mind Saturday night.
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