December 3, 2010

Cold reception in Queen City?

The daily revisions of the forecast of Paul Brown Stadium at noon on Sunday has been trending colder and colder.  

The temperature at kickoff and the entire game is forecast to remain just below freezing temperature, with a 20% chance of snow and 12-13mph winds.

On a day when the Saints may have difficulty passing the ball, the will need Chris Ivory, Reggie Bush, Julius Jones and the running attack to make it happen.

Drew Brees, who doesn't usually wear a glove on his throwing hand, played college ball at Purdue University, roughly 170 miles northwest of Paul Brown stadium.

In six games in weather 41 degrees or colder as a Saint, Brees has completed 62.3% of his passes for 331.5 yards, 1.8 touchdowns and 1.2 interceptions.

But the Saints are 2-4 in those games, including three losses in wintry Chicago. 

"With the wind and the temperature," Payton said on Thursday.  "It’s not as easy as going inside to prepare to play inside. More than anything else, it’s understanding that it still comes down to having that balance; being able to rush the football if wind is a factor."

Payton then compared the upcoming game to week 2's game in San Francisco, when swirling winds wreaked havoc on the passing game.

Despite that weather, Brees completed 28 of 38 passes (73.7%) for 254 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, implementing a very short-range passing game that averaged a meager 6.68 yards/attempt.

Comparatively, Brees averaged 9.61 yards/attempt on 30 completions the next week in the Superdome.

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