Browns-Bills move to Detroit ‘no distractions at all’

The Browns have been in “business as usual” mode all week, despite the uncertainty of what playing conditions they will be in on Sunday against the Bills, who face a significant snowstorm event in Buffalo this weekend.

Now that both teams know where they’ll be playing — the NFL moved the game to Detroit’s Ford Field due to the storm — nothing has changed.

The Browns completed a full week of practice at the CrossCountry Mortgage campus on Friday and are preparing to take the roughly two-and-a-half hour bus ride to Detroit on Saturday. Aside from a venue change, the Browns really haven’t shuffled much more about their plans to play the Bills.

“I really don’t think it’s a distraction at all,” said head coach Kevin Stefanski. “The boys will get on a bus and end up in Detroit.”

Before Thursday’s move announcement was sent out, the Browns were preparing to potentially play in Buffalo if there was snow. Such an environment may have favored the Browns, who boast one of the best running games in the league and likely would have turned to Nick Chubb even more to propel the ball through any powder.

Instead, they will face the Bills at Ford Field at room temperature. What plans the Browns laid out against QB Josh Allen, WR Stefon Diggs and the other strengths on Buffalo’s offense earlier in the week will be put into action rather than a snow (or wind)-themed game plan.

“There are some things that we talked about early on, being offensive and defensive for the weather conditions – some staff groups, plays and things like that that you probably won’t get around to in this type of game now that it’s in one is dome,” said Stefanski. “A lot of lead time to make adjustments there.”

Some Browns players expressed excitement at the opportunity to play in the snow earlier in the week, but DE Myles Garrett said playing in normal conditions could actually be better.

“It’s a good thing that we don’t play in the snow,” Garrett said. “As much fun as it is as a kid, we get paid too much to slide around and slide and try to make games and try to do what we do regularly when we’re on three feet of snow.”

Stefanski has expressed an interest in seeing what fan involvement at Ford Field will look like and is aware that a strong contingent of Browns could move to Detroit with them.

“I’m as excited as everyone else to see what it will look like, who will be in this stadium and how crowded it will be,” said Stefanski. “We are ready for the silent count. Apparently we’ve been practicing silent counting all week. I dont know [what it will look like]. I think we’ll have to get there on Sunday and see how it goes.

“Obviously I’d like to have as many people in brown and orange as possible, but I’m just as curious as anyone to see exactly how many people are in there.”

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