Update, 6:19 pm EST: The Buffalo Bills have formally landed in Detroit. The first leg of their journey nightmare now concluded, the Bills will kick off their Week 11 matchup with the Cleveland Browns at 1:00 pm EST tomorrow from Ford Field.
Update, 3:59 pm EST: Multiple retailers are reporting that the Bills at the moment are boarding their flight to Detroit, and are scheduled to arrive in Michigan later this afternoon. It was a full-day effort for the staff to obtain this in any other case easy feat, as chronicled beneath. We’ll have yet another replace as soon as the staff lands safely.
I’m informed the Bills staff is boarding the aircraft proper now headed to Detroit. Operation Get the Bills to Detroit might be a hit.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) November 19, 2022
Update, 3:16 pm EST: The Buffalo Bills are formally headed to the airport for his or her flight to Detroit, per Kevin Hayes of Spectrum News.
Update, 1:55 pm EST: ESPN’s Adam Schefter experiences that each one Buffalo Bills gamers have made it to the staff’s coaching amenities at One Bills Drive, and are nonetheless on schedule to make their flight to Detroit slightly later this afternoon.
Update, 11:43 am EST: Andy Young of Spectrum News experiences that the Bills are receiving assist from Orchard Park Police and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office in getting to the airport in time for his or her flight to Detroit.
Update, 11:19 am EST: Buffalo Bills COO Ron Raccuia is amongst members of the group driving round the Orchard Park space this morning, selecting up Bills gamers and ferrying them to the airport for his or her flight to Detroit, per Tim Graham of The Athletic.
Bills COO Ron Raccuia, whereas truly driving to decide up gamers simply now, tells me: “We are doing every little thing we probably can to pull this off and get to the airport and get to Detroit this afternoon. Every side of the group is part of this effort.”
— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) November 19, 2022
That flight, in accordance to Abby Fridmann of WIVB-TV in Buffalo, is scheduled for 3:30 pm EST.
Update, 9:43 am EST: The Buffalo Airport introduced that runways have been cleared and re-opened. That simply leaves the hurdle of really getting the staff to the airport for his or her flight.
Original story: The Buffalo Bills have trudged their manner by huge snow piles to escape to Detroit for a professional soccer recreation earlier than, they usually’ll try to achieve this once more right this moment (Saturday) upfront of tomorrow’s “residence” recreation in opposition to the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field .
It will not be simple. On Friday morning, the Buffalo Airport introduced that runways have been quickly closed due to snowand a journey ban has been issued in the City of Buffaloto add to pre-existing bans in surrounding areas.
With snow stopped in Western NY (for now), the #Bills are engaged on getting gamers out of their properties and to the airport. The aircraft to Detroit is scheduled for this afternoon. And the hope is it goes off ✈️
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 19, 2022
Orchard Park, NY was subjected to a New York State document snowfall in a 24-hour interval ranging from Thursday by Friday night, with 66 inches of snow falling in that timeframe.
The Bills have two apparent aims right this moment, each of which might be adventurous to obtain:
- Make it to the airport
- Fly to Detroit
As lengthy as the airport is ready to clear off runways in a well timed vogue—and that is nonetheless an enormous “if,” contemplating the snow just isn’t anticipated to cease falling till Sunday—that’s the simpler of the two hurdles. Arriving at the airport could be barely trickier.
I’m very to see how we get to Detroit
— Quintin Morris (@QuintinMorris_) November 19, 2022
Can we transfer the recreation again right here Sunday evening? I really feel like that’s nonetheless the most secure choice. Being a) it is nonetheless snowing and might be all evening and b) I have never seen the highway since final evening no clue how these guys might be anticipated to get out in the morning with much more snow.
— Rachel (@Rachel__Bush) November 19, 2022
Former Bills middle and present radio colour analyst Eric Wood, who was a part of the 2014 Bills staff that had a regular-season recreation in opposition to the New York Jets for this similar purpose, reminded followers on Saturday morning that it was enterprising locals with snowmobiles who helped the staff makes it to the airport for his or her flight to Ford Field.
For these questioning how the Bills will get to the airport right this moment, only a reminder that in 2014 a few of us bought picked up from our homes on snowmobiles by random strangers. They’ll do what’s mandatory to get to Detroit right this moment. I can assure you that.#BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/1fCEXsNYPs
— Eric Wood (@EWood70) November 19, 2022
That confidence that Buffalo will discover a manner to make it out to Detroit is probably not matched by all. Should any additional issues come up, it is attainable that the Bills will face a just-in-the-nick-of-time arrival scenario—or, maybe, the NFL will want to think about modifying the begin time of the recreation.
We’ll maintain this submit up to date all through the day right this moment as the Bills’ journey journey continues.