7:51PM EDT October 25. 2012 - A nasty confluence of a hurricane and Nor'easter forecasters are calling "Frankenstorm'' could prove the perfect storm that leads to more Tim Tebow time -- as wind gusts play havoc with passing games in a pair of games in the Northeast on Sunday.
Hurricane Sandy, a category 2 storm racing up the East coast, may emerge enough of a player in Philadelphia, where the Atlanta Falcons play the Eagles, and in New Jersey, where the Miami Dolphins play the Jets. Both games are at 1 p.m.
Blustery conditions could invite more snaps for the Wildcat, a run-heavy option that utilizes Tebow, if Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez finds passing the football a dicey proposition at wind-whipped MetLife Stadium.
"Tebow might get his chance with the storm -- an additional element that may cause coaches to alter their game plans,'' said Thomas Downs, Weather2000.com meteorologist in New York City. "It's not necessarily going to be a historic storm, where it's impossible to kick a field goal. But there will definitely be some 20-mph wind gusts that could play havoc with the passing games of these two games.
"The winds won't be much of a factor in the first half. But it will ramp up the rest of the afternoon.''
The Jets are monitoring weather conditions and staying in close contact with the league office.
Eagles director of football media services Derek Boyko said the team has made no changes in preparation for Sunday's game at Lincoln Financial Field. And Falcons vice president of football communications Reggie Roberts said the team has no plans to alter Saturday travel to Philadelphia.
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The Dolphins said their Saturday travel plans won't change.
"At this point we are proceeding as planned, leaving for New York early in the afternoon on Saturday,'' said Dolphins senior VP of media relations Harvey Greene. "We are monitoring the storm. Given the current forecast, we are hopeful we will be able to stick to our normal travel schedule.''
The same goes for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who will take a team charter Saturday to Green Bay for Sunday's game 1 p.m. meeting with the Packers.
"We're sticking with our schedule,'' said Jaguars senior vice president of communications Dan Edwards. "We'll let the Georgia-Florida game worry about it because they're playing in our stadium on Saturday. It's supposed to windy here Saturday, nothing too serious.''
That will change in a hurry up north.
"By Monday, Tuesday, it's going to be a hybrid storm, which is why they've come up with the 'Frankenstorm' nickname because of the proximity to Halloween,'' Downs said. "It's going to be a hurricane transitioning into a Nor'easter moving toward the area. Whether it occurs Sunday into Monday or Monday into Tuesday is the question about how it impacts Sunday's NFL schedule.
"It's a coin flip as to when it gets there. If the storm hugs the coast a little more, things could get more interesting on Sunday.''
Fortunately, the St. Louis Rams and New England Patriots play in London. But the Patriots' return flight may be affected.
"Comparably speaking, things won't be as bad on Sunday as they will be on Monday when you're talking about 50-mph winds in a lot of places,'' Downs said.
"It just so happens the schedule has the Giants playing at Dallas Sunday. If it was a 4 p.m. Giants game at the Meadowlands, there would be an even greater chance of the storm having a big impact.''
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