“Bomb cyclone” could impact Sunday, Monday night games

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Something called a “bomb cyclone” (meteorologists are the original click-baiters) will affect portions of the West Coast on Sunday and Monday. That’s where this week’s Sunday night and Monday night games will be played.

Currently, it’s looking like rain and high winds could affect Colt-49ers tonight in Santa Clara, with rain also in Seattle on Monday night for Saints-Seahawks.

“We’ve had the wet ball stuff going,” Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters on Saturday regarding his team’s preparations for the game in Seattle. “We’ve played there before in inclement weather, certainly it sounds like more. I think the wind is a big factor here. The rain can be. We talk about it every day. You understand how your game shifts oftentimes, it’s not unusual for the weather. We’re seeing the same forecast [as you guys] every day.”

Payton added that the playcalling “absolutely” changes in those situations, and it sounds like he’ll have to be ready to adjust the approach to the weather they ultimately get.

That same issues apply for the Sunday night game. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Friday that they practiced with wet balls, and that they’re expecting it to indeed be wet and windy.

“Jimmy [Garoppolo] wanted to try it out and work some different gloves and stuff to see,” Shanahan said. “Nate [Sudfeld] gave him some ideas on some things that he’s used and they tried that out. So, it seemed like they enjoyed it, but that stuff, really just for the quarterbacks, they can change a couple things, but that’s all up to them and that stuff’s all different. Everyone else, you deal with it and you see what type of game it is. You see who’s staying in the ground the best, who your best mudders are and you figure that out as the game goes and you lean on them.”

The 49ers had a game like that two years ago in Washington. It looks like they may be getting one of those tonight. It keeps down the scoring, but based on the amount of water and mud and stuff, it can be fun to watch on TV.

13 responses to ““Bomb cyclone” could impact Sunday, Monday night games

  1. “Bomb Cyclone”? Sounds more like the name of a really bad 1980s action film featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme or Steven Seagal.

  2. So “Bomb Cyclone” means lots of rain and wind? In late October? Who would have thought?
    The term was probably invented by the same guy who invented “Polar Vortex” to say that winter will be cold…

  3. Call it whatever you want but I love mud games.

    Wet games with great backs are fun. Monday Alvin is made for that.

  4. So Seattle at home in potentially heavy rain with Geno Smith behind center? Their rushing game is weak, and Carson is on IR. Even if Smith could get the ball out, the Saints’ secondary is good. I think Alvin Kamara has a big game, and the Saints win on the road.

  5. We’ve been experiencing a “bomb cyclone” here on the east coast for the past 5 seasons. It’s called NY Giants and NY Jets football.

  6. Bomb Cyclone sounds more like a eighties hair band name . Football was meant to be played in the elements and on grass .

  7. Bomb cyclone sounds like some kind of ice cream treat. “He did you try and eat that bomb cyclone. Wow it melted so fast I had it all over the place”

    I don’t care if these guys have to play in a mud storm, no one does my snow when its a blizzard city outside but me and I’m not paid 300,000 for doing it. Tough it up suckers

  8. Nick Bosa sacked the quarterback and slid across the field with his arms spread in the Washington game.

  9. Bomb cyclone, what happens in Miami when they get Watson. Then find out he’s indicted by a grand jury and can’t play.

  10. Good grief. I live on the FL gulf coast.

    If it is a “bomb cyclone” but it isn’t bad enough that a football game can still be played during it, can we change the name of a hurricane to a “Mother of All Bomb Cyclone”?

  11. Just the name sounds scary. As long as no one is in danger,weather always makes games interesting.

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