When Caesars Sportsbook opened the total for this Sunday's Cleveland at Buffalo game, it was 47.5 points. However, it subsequently became clear the Buffalo area was going to get obliterated by a snowstorm, with perhaps up to four feet of accumulation on tap. That caused the total to drop precipitously to 41.5, but the point is moot as the NFL has moved the game to Ford Field in Detroit.
This just happened, but that total will jump substantially in the dome -- the first reposted totals are at 48.5. All bets at Caesars are voided with the shift in location. There had been more bets placed on the Browns at Bills Under than any NFL team to cover the spread in Week 11.
In a statement, the Bills said the game was moved "due to public safety concerns and out an abundance of caution in light of the ongoing weather emergency in western New York."
This obviously is not a good thing for the Bills as they look to end a two-game skid. They will lose home-field advantage and people from that area aren't going to be able to travel to Detroit. Cleveland, meanwhile, is only about 170 miles from Motown. If there's one bright spot, the Bills will simply stay in Detroit because they play there on Thanksgiving afternoon. Because of that quick turnaround for Buffalo, the NFL couldn't push this game back to Monday or Tuesday.
It is the second time a Bills home game has been moved to Detroit because of weather. On Nov. 24, 2014, the Bills hosted the New York Jets there and won 38-3.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was part of a weather-related move to Ford Field when he was with the Vikings in December of 2010. After the Metrodome's inflated roof collapsed because of snowfall on a Sunday morning, the Vikings vs. Giants game was moved to Ford Field and postponed a day.
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