When you hear a prediction that includes the phrase “feet of snow,” it’s hard to believe that an NFL game will be played without any disruption.
The Buffalo Bills host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon. In any case, that game is scheduled from Wednesday morning. Perhaps something needs to change as a mega blizzard is predicted to hit western New York this weekend. Meteorologists warn of historic snowfall.
The National Weather Service issued a lake-effect snow warning on Wednesday, and it will last into the weekend, according to AccuWeather. It includes Orchard Park, NY, where the Bills play. According to the forecasts, dozens of meters of snow can fall in the area.
According to AccuWeather, “travel can be difficult to near impossible” in the area.
“Buffalo and its southern suburbs could get as much as 3 to 6 feet of snow by Sunday,” AccuWeather meteorologist Matt Benz said.
Needless to say, that could be a problem for the Bills game.
Severe storm forecast for Buffalo
The storm in Buffalo comes on a bad weekend for the NFL in terms of planning. The Bills play the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. The NFL can’t just move the game to Monday or even Tuesday, as has happened in similar situations before. The Bills have a short week, even though they play on Sunday.
It seems hard to believe that the game will take place as planned when there is 10 feet of snow in Buffalo. It would be dangerous for fans to try to travel to the stadium. The Browns may not be able to reach Buffalo if the snow is as bad as predicted.
While snowy games can make for great television, a few feet of snow isn’t good for anyone.
In 2014, a Bills home game against the New York Jets was moved to Detroit due to snow. The Detroit Lions are on their way this week, as they play with the New York Giants. The Bills could stay in Detroit for the Thanksgiving game. Moving Browns vs. Bills to Detroit seems a possibility for the NFL.
Accounts on a loss streak
The potential disruption comes at a bad time for the Bills. They have lost two games in a row. They don’t want to lose a home game. They also don’t want to play games in a few feet of snow, as they like to pass the ball. The run-heavy Browns would probably welcome the bad weather.
The weather has affected the gambling market. At BetMGM, the over/under for Monday’s game was 47.5. It quickly dropped to 43 with news of the blizzard. The Bills were the favorite on Monday with 9.5 points, but in anticipation of a low-scoring game, that spread dropped to -8 Bills.
The game may not be played in the snow at all. If the prediction turns out to be correct, it seems unlikely that the game will go ahead as scheduled at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday. And when it’s played in so much snow, it’s going to be an adventure for both teams.