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Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets: What to Watch For Monday Night

Monday, November 24th, 2014
One of the keys to Monday night's game will be whether Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins can make big plays against the Jets secondary. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

One of the keys to Monday night’s game will be whether Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins can make big plays against the Jets secondary. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills will play a technical home game under unusual circumstances Monday night, as their game against the New York Jets, originally scheduled to be played Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, will instead be played at 7 p.m. ET at Ford Field in Detroit, due to extreme snowfall in the Buffalo region this past week.

After a week that when, where and how the Bills would play this game became the story, the focus returns to the field Monday night. That said, the postponement and relocation of the game is not simply an issue of semantics; it could, along with the week that was, have a real effect on the Bills’ ability to win this game and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Will the Bills be prepared to win?

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Official: Bills vs. Jets Rescheduled for Monday in Detroit

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Detroit's Ford Field will host the relocated game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets on Monday night. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Detroit’s Ford Field will host the relocated game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets on Monday night. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Having been forced to move the game from Western New York, the Buffalo Bills’ Week 12 game against the New York Jets—previously scheduled to be a home contest Sunday in Ralph Wilson Stadium—will instead be played at Detroit’s Ford Field at 7 p.m. Monday, the NFL announced Thursday night.

It won’t be much of a home game for the Bills anymore; the drive from Buffalo to Detroit is more than four hours and 250 miles away, according to Google Maps.

That said, the NFL had no choice but to move the game away from Orchard Park, as Ralph Wilson Stadium was filled more than 220,000 tons of snow as of Wednesday, according to Bills vice president of operations and guest experience Andy Major, via BuffaloBills.com.

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Bills vs. Jets to Be Moved Due to Extreme Snowfall; Roster Moves Made

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Ralph Wilson Stadium and its surrounding area is buried in snow and will not be ready for Sunday, when the Bills were scheduled to play the New York Jets. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Ralph Wilson Stadium and its surrounding area is buried in snow and will not be ready for Sunday, when the Bills were scheduled to play the New York Jets. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills have been unable to practice all week due to extreme snowfall and travel bans in Western New York, but the team’s staff has still been keeping busy with its preparations for the team’s Week 12 game, both in having to adjust for where the game might be played and in continuing to reshape its active roster.

The NFL announced Thursday that Buffalo’s game against the New York Jets, which was scheduled to be played Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Ralph Wilson Stadium, will not be played at home in Orchard Park.

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Buffalo Bills Place Leodis McKelvin on Injured Reserve, Sign Bacarri Rambo

Monday, November 17th, 2014
Cornerback/punt returner Leodis McKelvin's 2014 season is over due to an ankle injury. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Cornerback/punt returner Leodis McKelvin’s 2014 season is over due to an ankle injury. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills officially lost one of their starters for the rest of the season when they placed cornerback Leodis McKelvin, who fractured his ankle against the Miami Dolphins, on injured reserve Monday.

McKelvin, a seventh-year cornerback who has spent entire career in Buffalo, played in each of the Bills’ first 10 games this season and started nine of them. He had 48 total tackles and held the team lead with four interceptions.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Week 11

Sunday, November 16th, 2014
Chris Hogan's play was one of the only bright spots for the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

Chris Hogan’s play was one of the only bright spots for the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. (Photo: Steve Mitchell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

In a span of just five days, the Buffalo Bills’ playoff hopes went from soaring to now nearly impossible. After losing to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, their latest blow came in a Thursday night loss, 22-9, to the Miami Dolphins. The Bills got outplayed in the second half on both sides of the ball, and couldn’t overcome a couple questionable penalties called against them.

On offense, the struggle continued as Buffalo has now gone nearly two entire games (since the team’s opening drive of its 17-13 loss to Kansas City) without a touchdown. The normally stout defensive unit had an off performance as well, as it had trouble stopping the Dolphins’ quick passing game.

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