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The Bills have opened as a seven-point underdog to the Dallas Cowboys for their Thanksgiving Day game, according to the Westgate Las Vegas Super Book. The Superbook, one of the primary betting outlets, released opening lines for the most prominent games of the season on Sunday, including the Nov. 28 Thanksgiving games. The only other Bills game among the lines releas…

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This is about as natural a call as there is on this week's slate. From our point of view, it starts with the Buffalo Bills being the best under-the-radar team in the league coming down the stretch. Buffalo is outgaining foes by 82 yards per game during the second half of the season – an improvement of 88 net yards per game on the Bills' overall full season stats. Com…

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VIC CARUCCI The Going Nowhere But Home Bowl isn’t likely to do much to excite anyone at New Era Field, including those participating on the field. The Buffalo Bills found a way to blunder themselves out of chances to knock off a New England Patriots team begging for an upset last week. This week, being at least semi-competent should be enough to beat the Dolphins, who h…

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Members of The News' sports staff will be picking games on BNblitz.com. Here is how Jay Skurski, Mark Gaughan and Jason Wolf see the slate for Week 17. Point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet: SUNDAY Skurski Gaughan Wolf at Bills 3 1/2 Dolphins Bills Bills Dolphins at Packers 9 Lions Packers Packers Packers …

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VIC CARUCCI Picking the Bills to beat the Patriots is usually seen as either taking the longshot for the sake of taking the longshot or simply being foolish. But something seems different this time. The Patriots just don’t look right. Saying the Bills are good enough to capitalize on that vulnerability is probably a reach, but it’s fair to think, with Josh Allen at quar…

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VIC CARUCCI Picking the Buffalo Bills to win after back-to-back losses doesn’t seem all that logical. These final three weeks continue to be about the steps, forward and back, Josh Allen takes in his rookie development. On the assumption Buffalo’s defense might be able to force Matthew Stafford into some blunders, this feels like an opportunity for Allen to do just enou…

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Members of The News' sports staff will be picking games on BNblitz.com. Here is how Jay Skurski, Mark Gaughan and Jason Wolf see the slate for Week 11, beginning with the Thursday night game (point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet):   THURSDAY Skurski Gaughan Wolf at Chiefs 3 1/2 Chargers Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs …

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Josh Allen became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to rush for 100 yards in consecutive games. And it certainly was needed as Allen's return has helped spark an anemic offense. Meanwhile, the Bills' defense remains ranked No. 1 in the league. The Bills are winning the stats – 136 yards per game more than their opponents over the course of the second half of t…

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VIC CARUCCI The season rematch will see two different quarterbacks squaring off in rookies Josh Allen and Sam Darnold, but the result figures to be the same. When the teams met on Nov. 11, Matt Barkley started for the Bills while Allen was out with an elbow injury and Josh McCown started for the Jets while Darnold was out with an injured foot. Although Barkley set a hig…

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If we’re setting odds on NFL coaches making it through the end of the season, we have Adam Gase listed as the leading candidate to get pink-slipped before Black Monday. On his updated resume, he should list "run the ball on 3rd-and-10" as his favorite offensive call. It’s what cost Miami a victory in Sunday’s loss at Indianapolis, and the deer-in-the-headlights look is …

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Vic Carucci The Sabres aren’t the only local team trending upward. The fact it’s also happening with the Bills is not surprising, because, for one thing, they’ve reached the soft part of the schedule; the Dolphins are another in a line of mainly bad opponents in this stretch. For another, their offense has had enough time for some cohesion to develop within the offensiv…

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Members of The News' sports staff will be picking games on BNblitz.com. Here is how Jay Skurski, Mark Gaughan and Jason Wolf see the slate for Week 12, beginning with the Thursday night game (point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet):   THURSDAY Skurski Gaughan Wolf Bears 4 at Lions Bears Bears Bears at Cowbo…

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Members of The News' sports staff will be picking games on BNblitz.com. Here is how Jay Skurski, Mark Gaughan and Jason Wolf see the slate for Week 11, beginning with the Thursday night game (point spreads are through Thursday morning; asterisk indicates best bet): THURSDAY Skurski Gaughan Wolf at Seahawks 2 1/2 Packers Packers Seahawks Packers SU…

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With Jets quarterback Sam Darnold out, the value play dissipated for Bills' backers. But who are the Jets to be favored by a touchdown over any team playing tackle football these days? Josh Allen appears to be back and could help boost the offense and avoid another Nathan Peterman appearance. Best line of the week came from USA TODAY’S Nate Davis when he said, “Much-mal…

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VIC CARUCCI The Bills have one of their best chances for victory since the season began, largely because the Jets are almost as bad as they are. Maybe worse. Josh Allen’s possible return would make the game slightly more interesting than it would be with any of the Bills’ other so-called quarterbacks. However, it’s hard to envision a rookie who was struggling being all …