By – The Washington Times – Sunday, December 31, 2017
The NFL kicked off its final slate of regular season games on Sunday, but the real story might be the oh-so-cold temperatures the players are facing this New Year’s Eve.
Taking on the 2-13 Giants in their season finale, the Redskins are facing the most frigid conditions they’ve seen in almost two decades. At kickoff, the temperature at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey was 16 degrees, the coldest game Washington has played in since a playoff game in 1988 against the Chicago Bears, when it was 4 degrees.
Conditions were no better for several other games across the country. Washington’s other two NFC East rivals, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, kicked off with temperature resting at a frosty 19 degrees.
In Foxborough, Massachusetts, the New England Patriots and New York Jets began with the thermometer reading 13 degrees, the coldest regular season home in Patriots history. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns are attempting to notch their first win of the season against the formidable Pittsburgh Steelers, all while playing through 11 degree weather.
Fortunately for the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings, facing off in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where it is around -11 degrees, U.S. Bank Stadium features a fixed-roof and air conditioning, protecting everyone inside from the harsh conditions outside.
Across the league, however, many teams are not so lucky.
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