Eagles fans, don’t forget your umbrellas and ponchos if you’re going to Sunday’s game against the Giants at MetLife Stadium.
It’s going to rain.
According to weather.com, there is a 60 percent chance of rain in East Rutherford at 4 p.m., 25 minutes before kickoff.
The chance of rain increases to 75 percent at 5 p.m., 80 percent at 6 p.m., and 85 percent at 7 p.m.
Temperatures are expected to stay between 43 and 41 degrees.
Not too cold. But wet.
On the bright side, it rained hard at Lincoln Financial Field before the Giants visited on Dec. 9 for Monday Night Football, and the Eagles won, 23-17, in overtime. And quarterback Carson Wentz played well in that game, leading two touchdown drives in the last 17 minutes of regulation to force overtime.
The Birds also played the Seahawks (a loss) and the Bills (a win) on rainy days.
Les Bowen described the Bills game like this: “This 31-13 mauling of the host Bills on a raw, rain-and-wind-scoured afternoon was the day the Eagles committed to doing whatever it took. They finally played with the desperate resolve they have been talking about for the last few weeks, while they were losing key NFC battles to Minnesota and Dallas by a combined score of 75-30.”
Can they do it again?
Paul Domowitch praised the Birds for getting their ground game in gear on the wet Buffalo field: “The Eagles led at halftime for only the third time this season and were able to stick with their plan to run the ball in the rain and swirling winds.”
Will rain affect the Eagles on Sunday?
We know one thing. Jim Schwartz’s defense has been much better at home this season than on the road, and not just a little bit. Eagles opponents score 16.7 points per game at the Linc, 29.0 points per game elsewhere. The yardage difference is 273.7 to 388.7.
How about the Eagles offense? Tight end Zach Ertz has been ruled out of Sunday’s game with back and rib injuries, so Wentz might have to depend on his other tight end, Dallas Goedert, and some no-name wide receivers to carry the passing game.
Will rookie running back Miles Sanders slip and slide better than Barkley?
Will Eagles tackle Jason Peters lose his footing and need time to recover on the sideline? Will coach Doug Pederson be more cautious with running back Jordan Howard in his return from a shoulder injury?
Here is how our beat writers see things.
In conclusion, stay dry out there.