Due to heavy snow in Orchard Park, the NFL announced that they were relocating the Buffalo Bills-Cleveland Browns Week 11 game from Highmark Stadium to the Detroit Lions’ home venue of Ford Field.
Because of the heavy snow, a travel ban has been placed in parts of the Buffalo area. As such, the Bills may not actually be able to travel to Motor City for their game against the Browns, putting the Week 11 tilt in jeopardy.
Josina Anderson of CBS Sports spoke to an NFL source who expressed concern that the Bills may not even be able to fly out of Buffalo.
“Snow is coming down hard right now,” the source told Anderson. “I don’t know what’s the contingency if everyone can’t make it to the airport or we can’t fly out.”
On Friday afternoon, the Bills’ official Twitter account shared a video of the winder wonderland that has taken over Highmark Stadium.
As noted by John Breech of CBS Sports, this is the sixth NFL game since 2000 that had to be relocated because of weather conditions. Last year, the New Orleans’ Saints-Green Bay Packers Week 1 game had to be relocated from The Big Easy to Jacksonville because of Hurricane Ida.
With the Jaguars on the road in Week 1, the Saints “hosted” the Packers at TIAA Bank Field, winning 38-3. The NFL was prepared to relocate the Kansas City Chiefs-Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 4 game from Tampa to Minnesota because of concerns over Hurricane Ian, but the game was ultimately played at the scheduled venue of Raymond James Stadium.
The Lions are on the road this Sunday to visit the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. They will then return home to Ford Field to host the Bills on the first of three American Thanksgiving Thursday games.
Stay tuned for updates on the status of the Bills-Browns game.