Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jets-Bills Contest will not be played in Buffalo

When the Jets and Bills kick-off their Week 12 contest it will not be at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, NY., the lake effect snowstorm that has crippled northwestern New York with six feet of snow has forced the NFL to move the AFC East clash to another venue.

What that venue is and when the game will be played is up in the air.

According to NFL.com, Ford Field in Detroit, or FedEx field in Landover, Maryland are possible relocations spots. The Lions are in New England this week, which opens up Ford Field this week, however Detroit would be a long distance trip for both the Jets and Bills; I find this location least likely. FedEx field wouldn't be bad for both clubs, with the Redskins are in San Francisco this week.

The Meadowlands is out, at least for Sunday, since the Giants play there on Sunday night against Dallas. That doesn't mean Monday night wouldn't be a possibility, however. The Patriots and Eagles are also playing at home this weekend, which cancels out those two venues.

Other locations that have been floated include the Skydome in Toronto, where the Bills have traditionally played one game a year in its Canadian series; the series was suspended for this year. Pittsburgh would be an ideal spot, since the Steelers have a bye week, and it is not that far for either team to travel to, just a couple hours for the Bills, and five hours for the Jets.

Regardless, there is no way this game can be played in Buffalo until the state of emergency is lifted and the snow is cleared out. Plus the Bills would like to practice a bit before this game ever takes place.

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