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Dolphins shouldn't fear trip to Buffalo

Dolphins shouldn't fear trip to Buffalo

The problem - well, one of several problems - with the Bills and the Dolphins is they are capable of playing some real stinkers. Miami managed one last Sunday, when it was thrashed at home by Tennessee, and Buffalo has done it against the Jets and the 49ers.

When they meet Thursday night, NFL Network surely will be hoping for something more like Miami's performances in wins over the Raiders and Jets, matched by Buffalo's outings in victories against Kansas City and Cleveland.

The Bills are 1 1/2-point favorites over a franchise that used to suffer freezer burn heading up to Western New York this time of year. But these Dolphins are better built for the cold than in past years. Hey, they might be better built for the cold than the Bills.

Miami plays things close to the vest, which works well if the elements are a factor. Buffalo is far more wide-open in its offensive approach, and without injured running back Fred Jackson, it has lost a ton of versatility - even though sidekick C.J. Spiller is having a terrific year.

``Yeah they say it's a great environment. The fans love their football, they love Buffalo,'' Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. ``It's going to be cold, so it's going to be fun.

``I played a few cold weather games back in Texas,'' added Tannehill, who was a receiver and QB at Texas A&M. ``It gets cold out in the winter in West Texas, and then we played in Kansas and Iowa in college.''

He doesn't see last week's 37-3 debacle against Tennessee having a carry-over effect.

``Our guys are resilient. We're realists; we know we didn't play well, we know we didn't perform like we're capable of, but we're ready to move forward, ready to go out and try to take it up a few notches against Buffalo.''

UPSET SPECIAL: DOLPHINS, 22-20

No. 19 San Diego (plus 7) at No. 5 Denver

Broncos are rolling, Chargers are reeling.

BEST BET: BRONCOS, 34-24

No. 12 Indianapolis (plus 9 1/2) at No. 8 New England

Oddsmakers obviously don't believe in Colts. We do - at least against the spread.

PATRIOTS, 28-24

No. 6 Green Bay (minus 3) at No. 18 Detroit

Time for Packers to begin second-half surge.

PACKERS, 30-23

No. 21 Arizona (plus 10) at No. 2 Atlanta

Falcons should be ticked off at how they performed with chance to win at New Orleans.

FALCONS, 23-10

No. 13 Tampa Bay (minus 1) at No. 28 Carolina

Bucs can score anywhere, and Panthers don't match up well.

BUCCANEERS, 27-20

No. 29 Cleveland (plus 7 1/2) at No. 16 Dallas

Hard to trust the Cowboys. Impossible to trust the Browns.

COWBOYS, 30-17

No. 25 New York Jets (plus 3) at No. 26 St. Louis

Sam Bradford hates the idea of ties. He need not be concerned about one here.

RAMS, 17-3

No. 32 Jacksonville (plus 16) at No. 1 Houston

Lots of points to give, most in any game this year. GIVE THEM!

TEXANS, 37-13

No. 17 Cincinnati (minus 3 1/2) at No. 31 Kansas City

If Bengals turned things around last week against Giants, it will show in KC.

BENGALS, 17-10

No. 24 Philadelphia (plus 3 1/2) at No. 22 Washington

Nick Foles will be no match for RG3 and rested Redskins.

REDSKINS, 31-16

No. 13 New Orleans (minus 4 1/2) at No. 30 Oakland

Saints believe playoff berth is possible. Stumbling here would erase that.

SAINTS, 33-23

No. 7 Baltimore (minus 3) at No. 9 Pittsburgh

No Roethlisberger the difference here, but barely.

RAVENS, 21-20

No. 3 Chicago (OFF) at No. 4 San Francisco, Monday night.

Jason Campbell vs. Colin Kaepernick? ESPN must love that prospect.

49ERS, 13-12

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2012 RECORD:

Against spread: 7-7 (60-82-3). Straight up: 9-4-1 (85-60-1)

Best Bet: 5-4-1 against spread, 8-2 straight up.

Upset special: 7-3 against spread, 5-5 straight up.

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

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Capitals re-sign Madison Bowey leaving Tom Wilson the lone remaining RFA

Defenseman Madison Bowey re-signed with the Capitals on Thursday, inking a two-year extension that will carry an average of $1 million.

Bowey carried a cap charge of $703,333 last season.

The 23-year-old appeared in 51 games for the Caps in 2017-18, amassing 12 assists, 24 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of minus-3.

Bowey also suited up in nine contests for AHL Hershey, though he finished the season as one of the Black Aces during Washington's run to the Stanley Cup.

With Bowey back in the fold, the Caps now have six of seven defenseman from last season’s roster under contract. (Veteran Brooks Orpik remains an unrestricted free agent.)

Bowey had an uneven first year in the NHL—he didn’t play following the late-February addition of Michal Kempny—but the Caps expect that the 6-2, 198-pound right-shot blue liner will become reliable full-time player with more seasoning.

Bowey’s deal leaves Tom Wilson as the Caps' only remaining unsigned restricted free agent. The sides are in discussions on a multi-year extension.

Including Bowey’s extension, the Caps have roughly $7.3 million in salary cap space remaining, according to www.capfriendly.com.

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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