Some of the NFL’s most memorable games have been played in sub-freezing temperatures.
The Ice Bowl. The Hail Mary. The Freezer Bowl. The 2007 NFC Championship Game, which doesn’t have a catchy name but probably should.
On Sunday, both games will take place in cold environments.
The forecast for Pittsburgh at kickoff: 13 degrees, with a wind chill of -1 degrees.
The forecast for Green Bay at kickoff: 11 degrees, with a wind chill of 0 degrees.
We’ll see if the games turn out to be classics, or if the cold gets the best of some teams.
Here’s a look at the television schedule, live stream information and predictions.
Miami at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell should get the football early and often on Sunday.
The superstar running back, who finished with 1,884 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns in just 12 games, is simply on fire.
The winner of the AFC Offensive Player of the Month award now gets to face a Dolphins run defense that allowed 4.8 yards per carry this season.
That’s not a good mix for Miami, so expect Pittsburgh to take advantage and give the ball to Bell 30-plus times.
On the other side, Miami is a run-first offense that would like to get running back Jay Ajayi going. Ajayi rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns when these two teams faced off in Miami in October, which resulted in a 30-15 Dolphins win.
The problem then for the Steelers was that linebacker Ryan Shazier missed the game with an injury. The problem now for the Dolphins is that Shazier is back.
Pro Football Focus discussed Shazier’s return and how it could impact the Dolphins running game.
When the Dolphins and Steelers last faced in Week 6 (in Miami), running back Jay Ajayi recorded his first of three games this year with 200-plus rushing yards, and his only outing with …