The Buffalo Tickets (6-3) and Cleveland Browns (3-6) were supposed to face off at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo this Sunday.
However, the decision was made earlier this week to play the game at Ford Field in Detroit due to a snowstorm heading west from New York. On Friday, Buffalo Niagara International Airport temporarily closed runways and the city announced a travel ban.
About 77 inches of snow poured over the greater Buffalo area, nearly trapping the team inside state lines. The airport reopened on Saturday morning and the team was due to take off at 4 p.m.
The Bills enter the game third in their division and have lost their last two games.
They have had a bit of a setback since the start of the season, facing a tough schedule and coping with a host of injuries. A contest with the Browns 3-6 could be just what this team needs to get back into the playoff conversation.
What will it take to get back on track?
Consistency from quarterback Josh Allen, avoiding turnovers and containing Nick Chubb.
Allen is without a doubt one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He leads the league with 3,209 combined passing and rushing yards and provided 84.1% of the Bills’ total yards.
He needs to fire on all cylinders to keep the offense going, but that wasn’t the case last week against the Vikings.
He threw two interceptions in the red zone and fumbled the ball on the Bills’ own 1-yard line to allow a Vikings touchdown. These critical errors make the difference between wins and losses.
On defense, the Bills’ top priority must be stopping Nick Chubb. Running back is Cleveland’s primary weapon, with 904 rushing yards, five 100-yard games and averaging 5.7 per carry.
Cleveland has lost five of its last six games. As an underdog in this scenario, he doesn’t hold much of an advantage, but he has a chance to capitalize on the Bills’ recent losing skid.
Unlike the Bills, the Browns had a full week of normal practice. While Buffalo was busy getting out of a blizzard, Cleveland was working business as usual.
As mentioned earlier, the Browns also have Nick Chubb. Since Week 8, the Bills have been among the league’s worst at covering outdoor runs.
Chubb is the perfect player to exploit this shortcoming. The results of this match will largely depend on his performance.
Tune in Sunday at 1 p.m. ET to see how it all goes.
The Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) and the AFC West rivals Los Angeles Chargers (5-4) face off for Sunday’s primetime event.
Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs enter the game first in the division and on a three-game winning streak. The Chargers are in second place as the only relative challenge to the Chiefs’ throne.
A victory on Sunday would guarantee Kansas City its seventh straight AFC West crown. The reign of Chiefs since the rise of Mahomes has been nothing short of dominant. As of 2016, they are 33-5 in the division.
Over the past four years, they’ve played in two Super Bowls and two conference championships. On top of all that, Mahomes has never lost a divisional game on the road.
Los Angeles has its work cut out for it.
For the Chargers, their biggest threat to success this season has been injuries. Virtually every top player in Los Angeles has suffered an injury or is currently injured.
In Week 2, quarterback Justin Herbert suffered a broken rib cartilage that seemed to be impacting his game until very recently.
Receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams returned to practice this week but are questionable ahead of the contest. Allen has only played two games due to recurring left hamstring strain issues, and Williams has been out the past two weeks with a sprained right ankle.
If history repeats itself, this week’s game could be a very close one. Since 2020, the two teams have met five times. Two of those games ended in overtime and four were decided by six points or less.
To see these teams in action, tune in Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET.
The San Francisco 49ers (5-4) and Arizona Cardinals (4-6) travel to Mexico City on Monday night for a rematch of the NFL’s first-ever regular-season international game. This will be the fifth contest held at the Estadio Azteca since 2005.
Going into the game, the 49ers and Cardinals sit second and third respectively in the NFC West. First place Seattle Seahawks have a bye this week and San Francisco is only half a game behind.
Since the 49ers beat the Seahawks in Week 2, a win in Mexico could move the 49ers to first place. As the season reaches the midpoint, divisional positioning becomes increasingly important and non-playoff contenders begin to fall by the wayside.
The game marks the first of two meetings between these NFC West rivals. Kickoff is scheduled for Monday at 5:15 p.m. ET.
Here’s how to catch these and other teams across the league in action, wherever you are.
Australia: NFL Game Pass, ESPN, 7Plus
Brazil: NFL Game Pass, ESPN
Canada: CTV, TSN, RDS, NFL Game Pass on DAZN
Germany: NFL Game Pass, ProSieben MAXX, DAZN
Mexico: NFL Game Pass, TUDN, ESPN, Fox Sports, Sky Sports
United Kingdom: NFL Game Pass, Sky Sports, ITV, Channel 5
United States: NFL Game Pass, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime