The game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets scheduled for Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y., will be played Monday night in Detroit, the NFL announced Thursday night.
The Buffalo area is dealing with a massive blizzard.
“Public safety resources in western New York must be fully available to deal with the recovery from the storm,” the NFL wrote in a press release. “We continue our discussions with the (Bills) and the Red Cross on ways the NFL can support the community through this weather disaster.
“We greatly appreciate the hospitality of the Detroit Lions in hosting the Bills and this game, which will be televised by CBS in the New York and Buffalo area markets.
“While Ford Field could have hosted the game on Sunday, in order to give the Bills as much practice time as possible under the circumstances, the decision to play on Monday night was made. The Lions’ practice facility will be available to the Bills on Friday and moving the game to Monday night will enable the Bills to practice on Friday and Saturday and have their walkthrough on Sunday. The Bills have been unable to practice this week in Buffalo.”
When the Bills get another home game is in doubt. The Week 13 game (Nov. 30) against the Cleveland Browns is no sure thing until state and local assessments are made by relief crews.
At least 5 feet of snow blanketed most of the region at midday Thursday with more snow falling and as much as 2 additional feet in the forecast before sunrise Friday.
The league announced earlier Thursday that the game would not be played in Buffalo. Among the sites considered were Detroit, Pittsburgh and Washington.
“It wouldn’t affect us. We would just aim our plane in a different direction, I guess,” Jets coach Rex Ryan joked. “So we’ll be ready to go one way or the other. It doesn’t matter where, when, we’ll be ready.”
The Bills were unable to practice Wednesday and Thursday, and travel and television accommodations were considered in the logistics puzzle.
The NFL said details about tickets for the rescheduled game in Detroit would be announced at a later date.