The Pittsburgh Steelers are finally getting a break from the NFL with regards to their schedule, albeit a small one.
Playing through their second straight short week of work due to repeated postponements of their Week 12 game against Baltimore, the Steelers requested permission from the NFL to delay their travel arrangements one day for this Sunday’s game at Buffalo.
NFL teams typically travel to road cities the day before a game, while holding aa brief walkthrough either at their facility before traveling or in the visiting city after traveling.
But the Steelers requested and received permission to travel to Buffalo on the day of their Sunday night game, giving them all of Saturday to prepare.
“Due to a number of schedule adjustments which resulted in the Steelers playing on a short week [two] weeks in a row, we requested and were approved by the League Office to travel on game day to Buffalo for our Sunday night game,” team spokesman Burt Lauten said in a statement. “Our preparations and meetings will be conducted in Pittsburgh Saturday evening, and the team will then fly to Buffalo on Sunday morning and continue day-of-game preparations upon arrival in Buffalo.”
The Steelers and Bills are scheduled for an 8:20 p.m. kickoff time on Sunday. The late kickoff time and short distance between the cities allowed the Steelers to be able to fly in the day of the game. The flight time to Buffalo from Pittsburgh is typically less than an hour.
The forecast for Buffalo on Sunday is cloudy, with a high of 40 degrees and a low on Sunday night of 32 degrees, without precipitation.