It was reported earlier this week that a huge snowstorm was expected to hit the Buffalo area this weekend, with 4-6 feet of snow possible in the area by Sunday. This clearly put the Buffalo Bills’ home matchup against the Cleveland Browns this weekend in jeopardy. The NFL has now made a decision prior to the storm on Thursday.
Due to public safety concerns and out of an abundance of caution in light of the ongoing weather emergency in western New York, Sunday's game against the Browns will be moved to Ford Field in Detroit.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) November 17, 2022
Considering the National Guard has been called into the surrounding Buffalo area for the incoming storm, it is certainly for the best that this game has been moved.
The Detroit Lions will be facing the New York Giants in a road matchup this weekend, making Ford Field usable for the Bills-Browns matchup.
Ford Field originally had an indoor carnival scheduled on Friday, which will need to be dismantled quickly to prepare for the upcoming game.
There’s an indoor carnival in Ford Field on Friday that must be dismantlef for Browns-Bills on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/DaW59oVndd
— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) November 17, 2022
This announcement makes for a very strange situation for the Buffalo Bills, who are actually set to play again in Detroit again on Thanksgiving in a matchup against the Lions. That means they will likely just stay in the area instead of returning to Buffalo given the short turnaround. That can make for a difficult scenario for Bills players with the holidays coming up.
Regardless, it is great that the NFL was able to save Sunday’s matchup without putting fans or players in jeopardy of playing in extremely dangerous conditions.