Update, 6:19 PM EST: Its buffalo bills I officially landed in Detroit. The first phase of their travel nightmare is now over, as the Bills will kick off their Week 11 game with the Cleveland Browns at 1:00 PM EST tomorrow from Ford Field.
Update, 3:59 PM EST: Multiple outlets are reporting that the Bills are now boarding their flight to Detroit, and are scheduled to arrive in Michigan later this afternoon. It was a full day’s effort for the team to achieve this simple feat, as shown below. We’ll have another update once the team has arrived safely.
I’m told the Bills are now on the plane to Detroit. Get the Bills to Detroit will be a success.
– Cameron Wolfe November 19, 2022
Update, 3:16 PM EST: The Buffalo Bills are officially heading to the airport for their flight to Detroit, according to Kevin Hayes Spectrum News.
Update, 1:55 p.m. EST: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that all of the Buffalo Bills players have arrived at the team’s practice facilities on One Bills Drive, and are still on schedule to make their trip to Detroit later this afternoon.
Update, 11:43 a.m. ET: Andy Young Spectrum News Reports indicate that the Bills are receiving assistance from the Orchard Park Police and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office to get to the airport in time for their flight to Detroit.
Update, 11:19 a.m. ET: Ron Racuia, director of operations for the Buffalo Bills, is among members of the organization driving around the Orchard Park area this morning, picking up Bills players and taking them to the airport for their flight to Detroit, according to Tim Graham of the athlete.
Bills COO Ron Raccuia, while actually driving to pick up two players just now, told me, “We’re doing everything we can to pull this off and get to the airport and get to Detroit this afternoon. Every aspect of the organization is part of that effort.”
– Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) November 19, 2022
This trip, according to Abby Friedman of WIVB-TV in Buffalo, is It is scheduled for 3:30 PM EST.
Update 9:43 a.m. EST: Buffalo Airport announced that the runways have been cleared and reopened. This leaves only the hurdle of actually getting the team to the airport for their flight.
Original story: The Buffalo bills They’ve made their way through massive snow mounds to escape to Detroit for a pro football game before, and they’ll try to do so again today (Saturday) before tomorrow’s “home” game vs. Cleveland Browns at Ford Field.
It won’t be easy. Buffalo Airport announced this Friday morning Runways are temporarily closed due to snowfalland a A travel ban has been issued in Buffaloto add to pre-existing bans in surrounding areas.
With the snow stopping in western New York (for now), the # Invoices They work to get the players out of their homes and the airport. The plane to Detroit is scheduled for this afternoon. And hope explodes ✈️
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 19, 2022
Orchard Park, New York experienced a record-breaking snowfall in New York State in a 24-hour period from Thursday through Friday evening, with 66 inches of snow falling in that time frame.
Today’s bills have two clear goals, both of which would be an adventure to achieve:
- Make it to the airport
- Travel to Detroit
As long as the airport is able to clear the runways in time—which is still a big deal, considering the snow isn’t expected to stop until Sunday—these are the easier of the two obstacles. Getting to the airport can be a little more difficult.
I’m very interested to see how we get to Detroit
– Quentin Morris (@QuintinMorris_) November 19, 2022
Can we get the game back here on Sunday night? I feel this is still the safer option. Being a) it’s still snowing and it will be all night and b) I haven’t seen the road since last night, there is no clue as to how these guys can expect to be out in the morning with more snow.
– Rachel (@Rachel__Bush) November 19, 2022
Former Bills center and current radio color analyst Eric Wood, who was part of the 2014 Bills team that had a regular season game against New York Jets For that same reason, he reminded fans on Saturday morning that it was adventurous locals with snowmobiles who helped the team get to the airport for their trip to Ford Field.
For those wondering how Bills got to the airport today, just a reminder that in 2014 some of us were picked up from our homes on snowmobiles by random strangers. They will do what is necessary to get to Detroit today. I can assure you of that.#BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/1fCEXsNYPs
– Eric Wood (@EWood70) November 19, 2022
This confidence that Buffalo will find a way to get to Detroit may not be matched by everyone. Should any other complications arise, it’s possible that the Bills will have a timely arrival situation — or perhaps the NFL will need to consider adjusting the game’s start time.
We’ll be keeping this post updated throughout the day today as the Bills travel journey continues.
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