With Super Bowl XLVIII being held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, much has been made over the potential for a cold weather or winter weather game. And while we here at Giants 101 do not see the problem that causes — especially considering some of the best games in NFL history have been played outside in cold weather — it does pose some interesting questions. One of those being, if by some strange twist in the universe, the New York Giants and New York Jets meet in the big game, who would have the advantage?
Given that they both play in the same stadium, same weather and same temperatures, you wouldn't think there's an incredible difference between the two in cold weather games. But you'd be wrong.
So, assuming that Saturday's MetLife Bowl III is a potential Super Bowl XLVIII preview, let's take a look at how each team fares in cold/winter weather, shall we?
Best Team Record in below 40 degrees since 1991:
- The Giants sport the 5th best record in the NFL, going 27-18 (.600).
- The Jets ranks 24th in the league, going 18-34 (.346).
Team Scoring Differential in below 40 degrees since 1991:
- The Jets rank 24th in the NFL, winning 14 percent less when the weather is cold (.346) versus other games (.486).
- he Giants have the 5th best record differential (.133) in cold weather games (.600) versus other games (.525).
Team Turnover Differential in below 40 degrees since 1991:
- The Giants turn it over 1.51 times in cold weather versus 1.68 in other games, good for 5th best in the league.
- The Jets turn the ball over 2.06 times per game in cold weather versus just 1.74 in other games, ranking them 26th in the league.
Team Scoring in below 40 degrees since 1991:
- The Giants score 22.2 points per game (9th best).
- The Jets score 17.8 points per game (21st best).
Ironically, despite their .600 winning percentages in games below 40 degrees since 1991, the Giants actually have more success on the road in such games (10-5, .667%) than they do at MetLife/Giants Stadium (17-13, .567%). Meanwhile, the Jets actually fare better at home (11-17, .393%) than on the road (7-17, .292%). But, given their overall numbers, that's really not saying much.
Perhaps most telling of all is that the Giants actually play better in below 40 degree weather (27-18, .600%) than they do in above 40 degree weather (170-154-1, .525%) since 1991. The same cannot be said for the Jets, who struggle mightily in below 40 degree weather (18-34, .346%), but play much better in temperatures above 40 degrees (153-162, .486%) since 1991.
And while this data may not be useful come Saturday when the teams goes head-to-head at MetLife Bowl III (temps expected near 80 degrees), in the off chance they do meet in the Super Bowl and this is just the first stop in The Road to MetLife Stadium, Big Blue fans should be cheering on very cold weather!
Note: Statistics and data used in this article were provided by Stats.com (STATS LLC).
In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with MetLife as part of the Road to MetLife Stadium Preferred Blogger Program. Throughout the year I’ll be receiving special access to MetLife Stadium events and be conducting reader giveaways, with prizes provided by MetLife. However, no payment was given or expected for posting about the program, and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own.
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