Redskins to play in freezing conditions tonight

Will freezing temperatures, late-night kick off and disappointing season keep fans away from FedEx Field tonight? Photo: Redskins v 49ers/ AP

LANDOVER, Md., November 25, 2013 — Redskins fans are in for a frosty experience at FedEx Field this evening as the home team gets ready to take on the San Francisco 49er’s tonight.

Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 pm and the game time temperature is expected to be 32 degrees, according to The Weather Channel. That’s a far cry from the low 60’s that the Niners have practiced in at Candlestick Park last week.

But will chilly conditions be enough to raise the Redskins’ game time performance to where it needs to be to beat last year’s Super Bowl runners up?

Many are speculating that the late-night kick-off, cold conditions, and disappointing football season could be enough to keep fans away from FedEx Field tonight. But, even if fans to stay home to watch the game, that might not sway the ‘Skins performance one way or the other. It has been a long time criticism of FedEx Field that there is no home field advantage.

Between 1990 and the start of the 2012 season, the Redskins had a win percentage of 51.7 percent at home. Compare that to the 72.16 percent of the Packers or the Steelers and then decide if there is anything inherently beneficial about having a stadium packed with fans in Landover, Maryland.

Whether or not the weather or the turn-out will affect the outcome of tonight’s game is yet to be seen. You can catch the game tonight at 8:30 if you’re interested in finding out.


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Ryley J. Trahan is a writer and physics teacher in Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg Virginia, with undergraduate degrees in English and Physics. He loves comic books and super heroes. He also writes a blog about Physics in New Media.

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