BBAO: A true Black and Blue weekend

We're Black and Blue All Over:

It looks like we're set for some honest-to-goodness NFC North weather for this weekend's marquee matchup between the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots. Initial weather forecasts are calling for a high of 21 degrees, with winds potentially over 20 miles per hour and a 60 percent chance of snow. Sunday's low in the Chicago area will be 5 degrees.

Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com examines the Bears' history in such games, noting they are 15-5 in the 20 coldest games in team history. But the Patriots are used to playing in cold temperatures themselves. If there is an advantage to be had Sunday, it is more likely to be based on the condition of the Soldier Field turf than the weather.

The field has been re-sodded since the Bears' last home game, but it's hard to imagine the grass has taken much root. It will be sloppy, and it stands to reason the Bears will have a better idea of how to prepare for it than the Patriots. I don't think it will decide the outcome of the game, but it will be something to consider as kickoff approaches.

Continuing around the NFC North: