Bills-Browns game moved to Detroit ahead of massive snowstorm

There will be no snow game this weekend after the NFL officially moved the Buffalo Bills' home match against the Cleveland Browns in Week 11 to Ford Field in Detroit ahead of a huge snowstorm expected to hit the Buffalo area.

"Due to public safety concerns and out of an abundance of caution in light of the ongoing weather emergency in western New York, Sunday's Cleveland Browns-Buffalo Bills game will be moved to Ford Field in Detroit at 1 p.m. ET," the NFL announced. "The decision to move the game from Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY was done in consultation with the Buffalo Bills and local and state authorities as the region prepares for the storm.

The storm could dump a record-setting amount of snow in Buffalo over the weekend and New York governor Kathy Hochul already issued a state of emergency for the region this week. The game will still be played at 1 p.m. ET time, just in the enclosed confines of Ford Field rather than the outdoor Highmark Stadium.

Ford Field is open because the Lions are playing the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. However, there is also an indoor carnival currently being held at Ford Field that needs to be taken down before Sunday now.

Coincidentally, Buffalo will be playing in Detroit for two consecutive games. The Bills take on the Lions at Ford Field on Thanksgiving that following Thursday.

Bills snow game history

The Bills have played in some of the wildest snow games in NFL history – and now always in their home stadium.

Buffalo actually played the Browns in Cleveland on a snowy mid-December day in 2007 and won an ugly 8-0 game. The two teams squared off in the snow again two years later in 2009, where the Browns won 6-3.

The Bills also won a 13-7 overtime game over the Indianapolis Colts in 2007 on the legs of running back LeSean McCoy. That game featured 8-9 inches of snowfall during the contest as well as "thundersnow."

But perhaps the wildest Bills snow game came in 2016 between the Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both teams found ways to score but the Steelers won thanks to running back Le'Veon Bell's 236 yards and three touchdowns.

We'll have to wait for this year's snow-ridden game if it ever even comes.

The Buffalo Bills won't yet have a snow game in 2022. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
The Buffalo Bills won't yet have a snow game in 2022. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) (USA Today Sports / reuters)