The forecast is getting a little, tiny bit better for Sunday's Seahawks' wild-card playoff game at Minnesota.
The latest forecasts for the Seahawks’ wild-card playoff game Sunday at Minnesota are calling for slightly balmier temperatures — a high of 3 as opposed to the zero or one of earlier in the week (okay, we did say “slightly.”)
So it’s going to be cold.
The bigger question will be if that will matter.
Matt Pentz talked to some Seahawks players for this story and most of them mostly downplayed it.
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Seattle coaches earlier and later in the day echoed the theme that they don’t think the weather will be a big factor.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said the Seahawks are “not planning” on the cold being a factor.
“We’re going to go out and just do our thing,” Bevell said. “We’re going to play ball the way we normally do. We’re kind of built for it. We’re a running team, running philosophy, so we know that to hand the ball to the running back 25, 30 times is exactly how we want to play the game. You can still throw the ball in that, you just have to protect the ball, be smart with it and that’s what we plan on doing.”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he had “already addressed” the cold weather issue with his players.
“We’re just starting the week, so we’re doing the things that we normally do,” Carroll said. “We’re well aware of what we’re going towards and heading towards, and everybody’s prepared. It’s not going to be an issue for us going forward. We’re just going to go play football and do the things that we know how to do, and try to do them really well, regardless of what the conditions are. Whether it hits way low temperatures or it doesn’t.”
The team practiced indoors at the VMAC on Wednesday, same as it has typically done of late.”
“We’re in the indoor, they’ve got the doors open,” said cornerback Richard Sherman. “What is it outside, 30 degrees, 35? We’re 30 degrees, 35, sleeveless and just doing whatever you can. There’s no simulating zero degrees. I guess I could go in the freezer upstairs and close the door. Sit there for a few minutes.”
Sherman said he’d never played in a game as cold as Sunday’s as predicted to be.
But he said the heaters on the sidelines and other such amenities will help.
“It’s not as bad as it used to be,” he said. “You’ve got heaters, heated seats, you play for 20 minutes, you get off the field. You play for 20 minutes, you get off the field. It’s not a huge deal.”
Asked if he embraces the challenge of playing in the cold, Sherman said: “Honestly, I didn’t even think about it like that. I’m sure they’ll bring the guy with the voice like ‘zero degrees in Minnesota. Seattle comes in.’ but, I’m sure it’ll be cool. It’ll be a cool story. We’re not consciously thinking about that going into a game like this.”
Below is a glimpse of what it looked like Thursday in Minnesota.
And the Vikings today also announced some added amenities to try to keep fans more comfortable: