Hurricane Ian has made landfall in Florida and while there are more pressing concerns than football right now, the NFL has a duty towards its fans.
In that regard, this week's marquee matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs could temporarily be relocated to the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota in case Tampa Bay cannot host the game due to the aftereffects of Hurricane Ian.
The NFL's decision to name the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota as the backup venue has had quite the effect on NFL fans.
Before moving forward, this is still a contingency plan that has yet to be finalized. However, fans were left puzzled with the league's decision to curve New Orleans as a potential option.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is closer to Tampa Bay's home stadium and the stadium is also free this week.
Others wondered if the gate receipts would still go to Florida in case they relocate for Week 4.
Here's what social media had to say about the NFL's decision to pick Minnesota as a contingency plan:
Hurricane Ian wreaks havoc in Tampa Bay, Florida
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already decamped to Miami since the Dolphins are away to Cincinnati this week, leaving their facilities were free for use.
Since Hurricane Ian was centred around Tampa, the families of the players and coaches were also moved to Miami for the time-being.
In the meantime, the NFL's rationale for having the U.S. Bank Stadium as a backup is that since the Minnesota Vikings are playing away in London against the New Orleans Saints, their stadium would be best suited to host an NFL game.
But with all the talk about football, a wider perspective is needed on Hurricane Ian. Since landing in Florida, it has left at least 2 million people without power.
Twenty-three people are expected to have sunk off the coast of Florida. The full extent of Hurricane Ian is still unknown as the landfall is still in progress. FEMA has warned that the hurricane will be catastrophic.
When it hit Florida, windspeeds were around 155 mph, making it a Category 4 Hurricane.
It is also the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the U.S. News reports coming in have seen meteorologists claim this to be one of the severest storms ever seen.
In any case, the game between the Buccaneers and the Chiefs will go ahead, whether in Tampa Bay or in Minnesota, giving Tom Brady and the Bucs the opportunity to get over the Week 3 defeat to the Packers.