Even if there’s no snow or rain on Sunday, which is what the National Weather Service predicts, the high temperature is supposed to be 38 degrees. With the opening kickoff set for about 6:30 p.m., it could be in the 20s by the time the big game comes to an end.
Depends on who you ask.
Seahawks backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson recalled asking teammates for advice about handling the temperature during his NFL debut as a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings. The game was at Chicago in December 2006, and the wind chill was 1.
“A lot of the guys were like, ‘When it gets that cold, there’s nothing you can do,’” Jackson said.
Here are five things certain players swear by - and others say they’ll avoid - while trying to brace themselves:
HEATED BENCHES: Both sidelines will have 70 feet worth of heated benches that can be turned up by each team to its desired temperature - up to 90 degrees hotter than the air, the league said.
Denver safety Michael Huff will seek out a spot: “Once you’re in the game and running around, the adrenaline’s flowing, you’re fine. When you come to the sideline is when you really know it’s cold outside. So I use the heated benches.”
Seattle center Max Unger will stay away: “I try not to get too warm on the sideline. It’s kind of a happy medium, I guess. You can sit on the heated benches, but I don’t like it to be too much of a shock when you get back out there on the field.”
‘HEATERD TORPEDO FANS’: Essentially space heaters, they are placed along each sideline when it gets cold. Players often can be seen huddling around, getting a bit of warm air.
Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril loves them: “We’ll be fine, as long as we have … those heaters out there.”
Denver tight end Jacob Tamme sees no need: “I’m really a no-heater guy.”
LONG SLEEVES: There’s always the option of wearing a long-sleeved shirt under the uniform jersey, but few players go that route.
Avril was one who said he might do that.