Weather Watch
DE Vonnie Holliday
DE Vonnie Holliday

Posted Dec 17, 2008


The Dolphins caught a break when the December road game was moved indoors to Toronto, but they'll have no such luck over the next two weekends when they travel to Kansas City and then to East Rutherford, N.J. for the season finale against the New York Jets.

The forecast for Kansas City this Sunday calls for a high temperature of 21 degrees, with a low of 12. The conditions are predicted to be partly cloudy and windy.

Of course, the second the word "windy" is mentioned, then someone has to talk about Chad Pennington and his arm, and whether it's strong enough to handle those kind of conditions.

Coach Tony Sparano was asked Wednesday whether he was concerned about that, and he merely pointed out that Pennington has plenty of experience throwing in windy conditions because of all his years with the Jets.

The cold and wind, and potential snow, could make the ball difficult to handle, and that's where Pennington's ball security could come in handy. Or there could be a lot of turnovers in Sunday's game, because the Chiefs have been adept of getting takeaways on defense -- one of the few things they've done well all year.

Dolphins players aren't going to worry about the weather because there's too much at stake in Sunday's game, and also because there's nothing they can do about it.

Vonnie Holliday, for one, knows what to expect from the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium, having spent the first few years of his career with the Chiefs.

He called Arrowhead one of the two or three loudest places to play in the NFL.

More than the noise, though, it's the weather that will be different for the Dolphins.

They haven't played in a cold-weather game since last December when they lost at New England, 28-7.

The Dolphins won at New England on New Year's Day 2005, but that game didn't really count because the Pats already had clinched the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs and played most of the game without their front-line players.

You actually have to go back to 2003 for the last time the Dolphins won a game in the Northeast after Dec. 1, and that was a 20-3 victory at Buffalo.

Then again, the Dolphins already have accomplished many things they weren't expected to this season.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, the latest forecast for the East Rutherford, N.J., region is for Friday, Dec. 26, two days before the Dolphins-Jets game, and it calls for a high of 32, a low of 26 and a 60 percent chance of precipitation.


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