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Jets-Buffalo Bills could move to Monday or Tuesday in Detroit, Toronto, MetLife Stadium, per reports

Darryl Slater | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com By Darryl Slater | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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on November 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM, updated November 20, 2014 at 12:27 PM

FLORHAM PARK -- The Jets' game at the Bills, still technically scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, could be not only be moved to Monday or Tuesday, but also might be switched to Detroit, Toronto or even MetLife Stadium, according to reports.

Snow continues to pound the Buffalo area, especially Orchard Park, where Ralph Wilson Stadium is located.

The Bills are doing their best to dig out the stadium, but it is a monumental task.

The Bills were unable to practice Thursday for the second straight day.

Meanwhile, New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, said it would be "impractical" for the Jets and Bills to play Sunday in Orchard Park.

It is looking more and more unlikely that this game will happen as scheduled Sunday afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The NFL has yet to officially announce any plans to shift the time, date or location of this game.

The Bills played one home regular season game per year in Toronto from 2008-13, but they did not have a game scheduled there this season.

A potential complication with moving the game to Toronto would be getting passports on short notice, since they are required to enter Canada.

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With the weather forecast starting fri they should be able to get it in by mon night, 50's and 60's Sun and Mon.    No way they play sunday, the thruway might not be open till friday and there will still be tons of side roads to get clear.       Plus the Sheriff of Erie County said he could not commit any officers to the stadium or for traffic on Sunday so no way its played then.

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Why not the Carrier Dome?



They're playing hockey there this weekend.




Syracuse, N.Y. — The remote option of using the Carrier Dome as a temporary home for the snowed under Buffalo Bills game on Sunday will not work because of cleanup from an American Hockey League game there the night before.

The NFL will determine later this week whether or not the Bills can play host to the New York Jets in Ralph Wilson Stadium. The game could be moved to Monday or to another venue. MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and Rogers Centre in Toronto would seem to be the most likely alternatives.


Even if the NFL would consider the Carrier Dome an option, it's not available on Sunday.

The Syracuse Crunch will host the Utica Comets in the Frozen Dome Classic on Saturday night. That game is expected to surpass the U.S. indoor pro hockey record of 28,183 for the Philadelphia-Tampa Bay playoff contest in the Thunderdome on April 23, 1996.

The Crunch's lease with the Dome runs through Sunday, and as challenging as getting a rink down in less than four days will prove, cleaning up everything in 24 hours will be even more difficult.

As soon as the 7 p.m. contest ends Saturday night, the ice crew will begin several hours worth of work shaving down the ice with the resurfacer. Since about 1/32 of an inch is removed with each pass, that could take awhile.

When the ice, which will start at about two inches thick, is pared down enough, workers will break it into chunks with sledgehammers. Those chunks will be loaded onto trucks and driven to the Crunch's War Memorial, where they will be disposed in the building's ice drainage system.

Meanwhile, the rink's boards and glass will have to be removed, and then 34 mats that lace together cooling pipes underneath will be rolled up and tucked away. Below the mats are layers of plastic and plywood that have to be yanked up.

The process is expected to last into Sunday night, beating the deadline, but perhaps just barely.

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Smart thing would be to move it to NJ so some of the Bills ticket holders can make it. Most won't and the tickets will be dirt cheap.

You might be able to revisit your old seats for about $1.53



Because I wanted to see them play on a blanket of snow. 


I wish I could go... but no... moving saturday and working sunday.  boo life.

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Update, 4:40 p.m. ET

The Jets-Bills game scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., is still in limbo as to where and when it will be played due to the lake-effect snowstorms still hitting Western New York.

The NFL just released a statement, available on newyorkjets.com, stating that the game will not be played in Buffalo but that the site and time of the game is still being discussed.

"We’ll be ready one way or the other," head coach Rex Ryan said at his news conference earlier this afternoon about the uncertainty. "It’s clear that the most important thing is the safety of the people in the Buffalo area and we certainly understand that. Whatever the league says we’ll be ready."

Several options have been mentioned for different times and venues for this game by local and national media. 

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