Several alternate locations under consideration for Browns-Bills

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A massive blizzard remains in the forecast for Buffalo, and it could force Sunday’s game between the Browns and Bills out of Orchard Park.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that several alternate locations are under consideration for the Week 11 game, including Detroit.

That would make sense for two reasons. One, the stadium is available, since the Lions play the Giants in New Jersey. Two, the Bills play in Detroit next Thursday.

Other available NFL stadiums in the loosely general vicinity of Buffalo this weekend include Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and FedEx Field in D.C. The NFL likely would prefer to not play the game in Cleveland, since that would give the Browns an unwarranted home-field advantage. (In 2005, a Giants-Saints game that was due to be played in New Orleans was shifted to Giants Stadiums, due to Hurricane Katrina.)

The looming Thanksgiving Day game for the Bills limit the league’s options, since moving the game to Monday or Tuesday would require moving the first of the league’s three Thanksgiving games.

Cabot notes that a decision likely will have to be made by Friday. By then, however, it could be too late to get the Bills out of Buffalo.

However things play out, the disruption won’t make it any easier for the Bills as they try to recover from a two-game losing streak. Especially with games to be played on Sunday and then on Thursday. Followed by a game the following Thursday in New England.

69 responses to “Several alternate locations under consideration for Browns-Bills

  1. Toronto is a 90 minute drive away and the Rogers center has a dome. They’ve hosted NFL games before.

    But I’m sure that makes too much sense for the NFL to consider it.

  2. “However things play out, the disruption won’t make it any easier for the Bills as they try to recover from a two-game winning streak.”

    I had no idea it was so difficult to recover from a winning streak.

  3. However things play out, the disruption won’t make it any easier for the Bills as they try to recover from a two-game winning streak.
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    “Winning streak”? 🙂

  4. Oh boy, who wouldnt wanna see a good ol’ Cleveland/Bills game in the snow?
    Reminiscent of a gross game back about 10yrs ago or so when i think it was a 9-6 game???

    But doesnt this uncertainty feel like another indication that this just isnt the bills year???

  5. snow games are awesome…but six foot snow game might be a bit too much. Any traffic that would get to the game, is just going to create more potential headaches for emergency services with accidents, gridlock – especially in the middle of plowing/emergency operations.

  6. As we saw last week, the NFL will do all that it can to put the Bills in position to win.

  7. The NFL is only interested in giving a team’s home field to the opponent if the opponent is the Giants. Anything to help the Giants.

  8. GoodellMustGo says:
    November 17, 2022 at 9:24 am
    Toronto is a 90 minute drive away and the Rogers center has a dome. They’ve hosted NFL games before.

    But I’m sure that makes too much sense for the NFL to consider it.

    But logistically speaking, it’s in Canada which has stricter border regulations. So last minute, Toronto is out. And would require passports, visas, and all the other things that go with crossing into another country.

  9. Toronto is a 90 minute drive away and the Rogers center has a dome. They’ve hosted NFL games before.

    But I’m sure that makes too much sense for the NFL to consider it.

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    it is already under construction for next season’s renovations, coupled with the fact that it is no longer a home to football and the field reflects that, detroit is the stronger answer. the more obvious answer is play in buffalo. if the bills have to play in 100 degree weather in miami, then everyone else has to play in lake effect snow in buffalo.

  10. “Let’s see how Miami’s offense holds up when they have to play in Buffalo’s winter weather”

    Will Buffalo even play in Buffalo’s winter weather?

  11. Most of the snow fall will be over Saturday. They’re saying there will be enough time to clear the stadium. Might be tough for fans to get to and from the stadium but it sounds like they’ll be plating the game in Buffalo.

  12. Detroit would be the logical decision.
    The Bills have had 2 prior games moved there due to bad weather over the years

  13. hsbuck69 says:
    November 17, 2022 at 9:25 am
    let’s save everyone the trouble. , we (Browns) can just forfeit the game.

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    Heck no, that team in Miami wants them to play the game.

    Bills should forfeit and spare Josh Allen the added Ints to his already league leading total.

  14. The NFL is considering moving the game…and that may be a sign that it’s not the Bills’ year?

    I’m working through that one.

  15. Moving the game is too large a competitive shift for Buffalo. Browns have running game, Bills don’t. So shifting to a pass friendly field seems somewhat….questionable…now that gambling is legal and all.

  16. I heard that there is also an illness going through the Bill’s locker room. I hope it’s not serious and that we get to see a snow game. If it becomes a safety issue,then changes should be made.

  17. Toronto is a 90 minute drive away and the Rogers center has a dome. They’ve hosted NFL games before.
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    Wouldn’t that require fans to drive to Toronto in the same blizzard keeping the game from being in Buffalo?

  18. the field will be ok. the issue is getting to the field .. they talking about feet not inches of snow .. travel will be shut down. Detroit makes the most sense..

  19. An NFL game being played in multiple feet of snow who shatter all known viewership records. GO for it.

  20. They need to ‘crap or get off the pot’ as fans may try to travel ‘early’ to get to Buffalo before the worst of the storm.

  21. TRUE STORY: The last game the Boston Patriots played was at Harvard Stadium against the Minnesota Vikings. It had snowed the day before. Both the University and the team refused to clean the benchless stadium saying it was the other’s responsibility. Needless to say neither did the job. We sat in six inches of snow to see the Pats finish 2-12 on the season.

  22. This is cheating. Buffalo knows Cleveland will run all over them in the snow. I’ve never seen this before where a game is moved due to weather, other than a hurricane for obvious reasons there.

    If anyone is questioning if Goodell cheats for certain teams or not, look no further. The precedent this creates is unending.

  23. If any city is equipped to clear the roads and make it happen, it’s Buffalo! And the fans know how to drive in the snow….barrel fires and beers will surround the stadium hopefully

  24. Play in the snow, people are becoming soft. The Packer Backers would be all over this.

    If you must move the game, there is a 50,000 seat dome right down the thruway in Syracuse. They serve Labbat Blue there too….

  25. Toronto isn’t supposed to get anything. Problem is Niagara falls and surrounding area. Anyway, they “downgraded” it. Now they’re “only” expecting about 20 inches.

  26. Yes. LET THEM PLAY!!!! IN A BLIZZARD!!!!

    And put first responders and employees at risk as people will inevitably try to get to the stadium, get stuck, etc. People who don’t get paid millions of dollars to risk THEIR lives. But sure. As long as you have FOOOOOOTBALLLLLLLLL!!!!

    Do posters who type this stuff even think about anything before they post or do they live in some alternate universe where there are absolutely no repercussions for their actions?

  27. I can just hear the players and coaches now, and the Bills Mafia of course, all saying, Hey, the Raiders are on the road this weekend, how about Las Vegas!!??!

  28. So move the game and have to give away tickets for free with few people showing up or keep it in Buffalo and let the fans who have already paid for their tickets use what ever method, snow mobiles sure there are few in that area, skis, to get to the game. It is not like Buffalo isn’t use to a lot of snow and how to get around. Would think this is the one fan base the Bill’s Mafia that can actually get this figured out and dig out the stadium in time for a Sunday afternoon game.

  29. Another factor,… there’s roughly $10 million in ticket fees that would have to be refunded if the game is moved.

  30. Why move it to Detroit? The bills would still have to get to the airport and fly out….and no bills fans would be able to get to Detroit….

    Just make Cleveland fly in and play the game in Buffalo

  31. This is point blank cheating. End of discussion. This isn’t a hurricane. These parts of the country are equipped to handle blizzards like this.

    The Patriots have handled these situations numerous times in recent decades and never asked for special prviliges like Buffal is doing here with Allen’s arm and the idea Cleveland would run amuck on their D in those conditions.

  32. Just move the game to Cleveland,the Browns may then have home field advantage but it wont matter because they really dont have a snowballs chance in Hell to win this game anyway.they could play it on the moon and the Bills still would win.

  33. Setting aside the histrionics, it’s a couple of feet of snow over three days. In Buffalo.

    Remind us why the game might be moved to Philadelphia or Detroit. Play the game in the elements guys. Ratings will be huge.

  34. Another issue not mentioned is getting the Browns into Buffalo. Not sure when the storm is supposed to end but how much will their normal travel routine be disturbed?

  35. If it’s too unsafe for fans to travel, hard to argue about that. But moving into a dome, on turf, is such a depressing prospect compared to a snow game.

    Not that I’d feel okay watching it in any case, due to the presence of the Browns. Count me among those who are no more okay with the prospect of Watson returning now than before the season.

    We haven’t forgotten, NFL.

  36. movike54 says:
    November 17, 2022 at 11:54 am
    Another issue not mentioned is getting the Browns into Buffalo. Not sure when the storm is supposed to end but how much will their normal travel routine be disturbed?

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    Umm, they can get in before it gets too bad. Like everyone else does. If the league can have weekly Thursday night games where the road team loses 2 full days due to 1 day of travel and shortening their normal week, this can also happen.

    This is a clear attempt by the Buffalo Bills to garner an advantage knowing the Browns run game is very good and running in the snow can be an advantage for the runners with the footing be initiated by the runner himself, and the defender needing to react on snow.

    Some might call it cheating. The NFL has never done this before based on weather other than the dangerous hurricance issue.

  37. Just fly down and have the game in miami,dolphins are on a bye and the browns were just in miami last week, I’m sure we wouldn’t booing the Bills for a third week this year…..

  38. Yes. LET THEM PLAY!!!! IN A BLIZZARD!!!!

    And put first responders and employees at risk as people will inevitably try to get to the stadium, get stuck, etc. People who don’t get paid millions of dollars to risk THEIR lives. But sure. As long as you have FOOOOOOTBALLLLLLLLL!!!!

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    This how you tell someone you never lived in the northeast without actually saying it…..

    You are overreacting. It’s not a tornado or a hurricane.

    Google October Surprise Buffalo 2000 and check out how they handle it. And that’s just one of many….

  39. We’re not talking about a few inches of blowing snow here. We’re talking about 5-6 feet and subzero windchills. So, no, this isnt what NE dealt with or NYC etc.. The governor has already declared a state of emergency and imposed a travel BAN beginning today!
    A similar storm happened in 2014 and they moved the game to Detroit. People died.
    The issue isnt the stadium. Its all the resources, personel, emergency services etc that already will be taxed and needed elsewhere.

  40. GoodellMustGo says:
    November 17, 2022 at 9:24 am
    Toronto is a 90 minute drive away and the Rogers center has a dome. They’ve hosted NFL games before.

    But I’m sure that makes too much sense for the NFL to consider it.
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    Do all the players and staff have passports as Canada now requires?

  41. touchback6 says:
    November 17, 2022 at 11:00 am
    This is cheating. Buffalo knows Cleveland will run all over them in the snow. I’ve never seen this before where a game is moved due to weather.
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    As always, you’re wrong yet again, TB. In 2014, the Jets and Bills Week 12 matchup was moved from Sunday afternoon to Monday night at Ford Field in Detroit. A Vikings-Eagles game set for Sunday Night Football in Philadelphia in 2010 was moved to Tuesday night due to a blizzard. Apparently you suffer from snow blindness!

  42. We’re not using the stadium down in Miami this week. We won’t have any snow – but – neither Bills or Browns play well down here.

    🙂

  43. Opposing fans of mediocre teams calling this “cheating,” and saying the Bills are “soft.”

    Did I miss something…did the Buffalo Bills request this?

    The NFL is thinking of fan safety, and the logistics of getting the Browns there safely (and it’s too late to get them there before the heavy stuff starts). It has nothing to do w/ trying to take away the advantage Cleveland has in the run game.

    Can you imagine if that was really the discussion at the NFL offices? Literally, not a chance.

  44. Just move the game to Miami. Dolphins are on a bye and the Bills play well in the heat……oh, nevermind.

  45. As usual, commenters don’t read the article to understand the logic behind moving the game. The problem is not playing in the snow. The problem is the danger of getting to the facility in order to play the game. If you’ve never lived in western New York you probably can’t really understand what these blizzard conditions are like. But sure, keep talking about how ‘soft’ everybody is these days. That’s what’s wrong with this country, right? Get off my lawn.

  46. Playing in the snow is one thing but both teams have to be able to get out when it’s over. Detroit it is. Man, the NFL must really hate the Lions. Giving them Buffalo on Turkey Day. Brutal. More brutal to watch though.

  47. It’s fun to watch football in up to maybe 12-15 inches of snow. I love that.

    Playing in 24-36 inches (and according to some forecasts, 48″) is not football, and there are public safety issues in people getting to the stadium and the visiting teams getting in and out. Not to mention increased risk of player injury from slipping on an icy field. I’m sure Buffalo residents are used to big snowfalls. From what I read, 36″ would be about the the third largest amount the city has gotten in a storm. Even Fox “News”, home of the cultural battles, calls that crippling.

    Meatheads, get a clue.

  48. The NFL is only interested in giving a team’s home field to the opponent if the opponent is the Giants. Anything to help the Giants.
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    Yep, it happened after Katrina for the Saints. So the line about giving a team an unfair advantage is a bunch of BS…..

  49. The forecast says it is going to be sunny and cold Sunday afternoon. The problem is the snow ends Sunday morning, can they get the streets and the stadium cleared out in time.
    It seems the best solution is to move it to later Sunday…

  50. Toronto is a 90 minute drive away and the Rogers center has a dome. They’ve hosted NFL games before.

    But I’m sure that makes too much sense for the NFL to consider it.

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    Canada has pretty strict limitations on who they allow in. Even a DUI would keep you out. That means that 50% of the players wouldn’t be allowed in.

    I was on a cruise to Alaska a few years ago and so many people couldn’t leave the boat in Vancouver because of their criminal records…

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