The Buffalo Bills’ game against the Las Vegas Raiders went from a limited TV audience to a massive footprint following the postponement of the game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.
Patriots quarterback Cam Newton and Chiefs practice squad QB Jordan Ta’amu tested positive for COVID-19 in tests given Friday and reported Saturday morning. Because of the proximity to the team flight from Boston to Kansas City, the game was postponed. As of right now, it’s scheduled for Monday.
Kansas City and New England are premiere franchises and their game on Sunday afternoon was slated to be the national telecast with the Bills vs Raiders as the secondary game mostly limited to the Vegas, Western New York, and Oakland markets. With the postponement, only one game remained on the slate. In response, the NFL moved the Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts from the early start time to the late start time so they would have a second late game and they adjusted the TV map.
The upstart Bills seem to be a big TV draw, as CBS made them the national game hitting the top seven media markets in the country (except Chicago). It’s good news for Bills fans spread far and wide and for folks that say Buffalo doesn’t get national attention.
Here’s the full coverage map via 506 sports with the Bills vs. Raiders in blue: