Bills-Jets relocated to Ford Field

BY foxsports • November 20, 2014

Two former Detroit Lions coaches -- Jim Schwartz and Marty Mornhinweg -- will match wits Monday night at Ford Field.

The NFL confirmed Thursday that the game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, originally scheduled for Sunday in Buffalo, has been moved to Detroit and will be played Monday at 7 p.m. because of the massive blizzard to hit the Buffalo area in recent days.

Schwartz, who was 29-52 as the Lions' head coach the last five years, is in his first season as the Bills' defensive coordinator.

Mornhinweg, who was 5-27 in 2001-02 as Detroit's coach, is now Jets' offensive coordinator.

Ticket information will be released at a later time. The Bills are expected to begin practicing at the Lions' practice facility Friday, provided they can make the trip out of Buffalo.

"We are pleased to be hosting the Bills and Jets for their game Monday night," Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement. "While our thoughts are with the people of the Buffalo area during this difficult time, our team at Ford Field will do everything we can to be good hosts to their team this weekend."

This will be the second appearance this season at Ford Field for Schwartz, who was carried onto the field by a couple of his players to celebrate a 17-14 victory over the Lions on October 5.

It's also the second time that Ford Field has been used as a replacement venue. In 2010, the Minnesota Vikings-New York Giants game was moved to Detroit, also on a Monday night, after the roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis collapsed because of snow.

The Giants won 21-3, but the game is best remembered for being the night when Vikings quarterback Brett Favre's streak of 297 consecutive starts, a NFL record, came to an end because of a shoulder injury. The announced crowd for the make-up date was 45,910, some of whom received free tickets.