New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Heavy snowfall this week in the Buffalo
area has forced the NFL to move Sunday’s scheduled game between the Jets and
Bills to Monday night in Detroit.
The Bills will host the Jets at 7 p.m. ET Monday at Ford Field.
The league said Thursday in a statement announcing the decision that public
safety concerns over the ongoing weather emergency in western New York led to
“As mentioned earlier today, public safety resources in western New York must
be fully available to deal with the recovery from the storm,” the NFL said.
“We continue our discussions with the team and the Red Cross on ways the NFL
can support the community through this weather disaster.”
The league said Ford Field was available on Sunday, but the game was pushed
back a day to allow the Bills as much time to practice as possible.
The Bills, who have been unable to practice this week due to the lake-effect
storm that has dumped more than five feet of snow in the area, will be able to
use the Lions’ practice facility starting Friday provided they can get there.
Another storm was expected dump an additional two feet of snow on the area
through Friday, prompting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to say it was
“impractical” to think about having the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in
Orchard Park because it would jeopardize public safety.
“Everybody would love to see a Bills game go forward, but, I think even more,
everybody wants to make sure public safety comes first,” he said.
It won’t be the first time Ford Field has been used by the NFL for a relocated
The Lions’ stadium hosted a 2010 game between the Giants and Vikings after the
roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis collapsed under the weight of snow.