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November 13, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Will cold weather be a factor in Sunday’s Seattle-Kansas City game?

With kickoff now just a little over 72 hours away, the forecast for Sunday’s game remains a little ominous — a high of 28 with AM snow showers (details here).

The weather will obviously impact both teams. And it hasn’t really been like this much in Kansas City, so it’s not as if the Chiefs will necessarily be more prepared than the Seahawks (on paper, anyway).

A conventional wisdom is that a good running game is better in inclement weather.

Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Wednesday that’s only true if a team can run it well.

“If you are running it, it’s easier to continue calling runs,” Bevell said. “If you are not, then it doesn’t matter what you are calling, you have to throw it.”

Bevell said the weather is something that has to be taken into consideration when calling a game but isn’t everything.

“You just have to be conscious of it and make smart decisions,” he said. “The most important thing is to protect the ball.”

Seattle ran for a club-record 350 yards in a steady rain against the Giants Sunday. Bevell joked that it seemed like “every time we got the ball it started raining and when they had it, it stopped. …. you are always conscious of the elements and the things that the guys with are working with out there and trying to be as smart as you can with it.”

Seattle players were already taking some precautions on Wednesday. Receiver Jermaine Kearse, for instance, wore a ski mask in practice saying he was preparing for how it will be Sunday in KC.

 

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