Bills-Jets Game in Buffalo Will Be Moved Due to SnowMason Levinson
The Buffalo Bills’ home game against the New York Jets was pushed back a day and moved to Detroit after a snowstorm left eight people dead and halted traffic across western New York.
The game will kick off at Ford Field at 7 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 24, the National Football League said in an e-mailed statement last night. The Saints’ game against the Baltimore Ravens begins 90 minutes later in New Orleans.
“We greatly appreciate the hospitality of the Detroit Lions in hosting the Bills and this game,” the NFL said.
Four feet of snow fell at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, Tuesday and Wednesday, with a further two to three feet forecast before the storm ends today. Warmer weather coupled with rain over the weekend has raised flooding concerns.
While the game could have been played Sunday at Ford Field because the Lions visit the New England Patriots that day, it was set for Monday to give the Bills more time to prepare. With a driving ban in place in Orchard Park, which is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southeast of Buffalo, the Bills have been unable to practice this week.
Buffalo will have access from today to the Lions’ practice facility. The Bills (5-5) lost their past two games, while the Jets (2-8) defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers Nov. 9 to end a run of eight defeats.
“Moving the game to Monday night will enable the Bills to practice on Friday and Saturday, and have their walk through on Sunday,” the league said.
A further announcement will be made about tickets for the game, which will be televised in the New York and Buffalo areas by CBS, the league said.
It will also take an “all hands on deck exercise” to get Ralph Wilson Stadium ready in time for the Nov. 30 visit of the Cleveland Browns, Bills President Russ Brandon told reporters.
The Minnesota Vikings lost 21-3 to the New York Giants on Dec. 13, 2010, the last time Ford Field was used as a neutral venue for an NFL game. Originally scheduled to be played two days earlier, the game was moved to Detroit after the roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis partially collapsed because of snow.
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sat out that game with a shoulder injury, ending his NFL-record streak of 297 straight starts that started 18 years earlier.