CLEVELAND — While the Cleveland Browns (3-6) are scheduled to face the Buffalo Bills (6-3) in a Week 11 matchup at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, there's still some question as to where the game will actually be played.
According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, the NFL is continuing to monitor the weather conditions in Buffalo and it's "not out of the question" that the contest could ultimately be moved to a new location. Graziano went on the note that should the game be moved elsewhere, Detroit "makes a lot of sense" with the Lions scheduled to face the New York Giants on the road.
The league's monitoring of the situation in Buffalo comes as the city braces for a significant lake-effect snow event. According to our sister station WGRZ, current forecasts call for Buffalo to receive around 20-24 inches of snow in the days ahead, with the city potentially serving as the midpoint of the storm.
ESPN's Adam Schefter also noted the possibility of "thundersnow," which the
National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service defines as "a rare weather phenomenon in which thunder and lightning are accompanied predominantly by snow rather than rain."
Asked about the possibility of the weather affecting this week's game, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski admitted the team will likely need to have contingency plans in place.
“I am sure some people are having some conversations about that. I am not in that circle right now. They will fill me in on a need to know," Stefanski said. "For us, we just have to focus on our preparation. If something changes, we will tell the players and we will tell you guys.”
Asked about the possibility of the game's location being moved, Stefanski replied: “I have no idea. I have been part of neutral location games. You guys can do your homework on that one.”