Report: Bears to play Bills in Toronto

The NFL is apparently ready to take the CFL on head on.

The Toronto Globe and Mail reports that the Buffalo Bills will “host” the Bears at the Rogers Centre in their annual regular-season game north of the border. This game will be played Nov. 7 on the final day of the regular season for the Canadien Football League.

The real catch here? The Bears and Bills will kick off at 1 p.m. Three hours later, the Toronto Argonauts will kick off at 4 p.m. in Montreal for their season-ending game. Argonauts fans that choose the NFL brand of football that day will not be in front of their television at home when the CFL game kicks off.

This is the third year the Bills have ditched Orchard Park, N.Y., for a game in Canada. Previously, the games were played in December after the CFL season and the Grey Cup had been completed, ostensibly so the American product would not be in competition with the Canadian product of tackle football.

Previously, the Bills played the Dolphins and Jets in Toronto and they struggled peddling expensive tickets on both occasions. With the Bears, the Rogers Centre has a road team that traditionally travels well. Ticket sales should not be a problem but will the locals have an issue with the date of the game?

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