A heavy snowstorm in Buffalo has forced the NFL to move the New York Jets – Buffalo Bills game to Monday night in Detroit. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Buffalo but a series of massive snowstorms has left the entire city blanketed by as much as six feet of snow.
The team announced that the game would go on as scheduled, hoping to clear Ralph Wilson Stadium in time for Sunday’s game. Bills VP Andy Major even announced that the team was looking for any able-bodied snow shovelers, offering wages of $10/hour with game tickets to boot. But the storm continued to dump snow in the region and reports estimate that the area has received close to 220,000 tons of snow.
“It is not practical to play a game in Orchard Park in the condition that our community is in,” Bills President Russ Brandon said. “It really wasn’t an option to try to play the game at any point Sunday, Monday or even potentially Tuesday based on what the forecast is.”
Field level and waist deep at a pristine Ralph Wilson Stadium. pic.twitter.com/9Gtq3o73le
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 19, 2014
The NFL re-scheduled it for Monday night at Ford Field in Detroit, of three possible locations the league looked into along with Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and FedExField in Washington.
The re-scheduling of the game saw sportsbooks scrambling to adjust the point spread. The Bills were initially listed as -4.5 favorites but with the game now being played essentially on a neutral field, the spread has gone down to -3 for Buffalo.
Beyond Week 12, there are still concerns that Buffalo would have to again re-schedule its Week 13 game against the Cleveland Browns. The NFL has made no announcement on that front, but with another snowstorm expected to arrive in the next few days, there’s a real possibility that the Bills would have to play another game somewhere that isn’t Ralph Wilson Stadium.
As such, don’t expect sportsbooks to post any lines on that game, at least until the situation is resolved and a schedule for the game, be it in Buffalo or somewhere else, is announced.