Passing in the cold

Over the years the idea of heading to New England for a frigid playoff game never appealed to many.  Turns out the weather indeed has an impact on passing yards according to Advanced NFL Stats:

The big takeaway should be that temperature does in fact hurt the passing game. Does it hurt dome and warm climate teams more than others? The chart below tells the tale. It’s noisier than we’d like, but one thing we can tell is that the colder the weather the lower the passing efficiency for all types of team climates. Keep in mind there are very few games in the extreme bins, only a total of 36 games in the 11-20 degree bin, and only 15 games in the 91-100 bin.


Todd Smith

About Todd Smith

Todd Smith is a part-time sportswriter who spends too much time arguing on Twitter. What he really loves is eating poorly and watching football. He got his first Colts t-shirt in 1984 shortly after the Mayflower trucks arrived and has never given up on his hometown team. He also still holds to the belief that Kordell Stewart stepped out of the end zone and thus cheated the Colts.