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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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After viral 2018 scuffle, Taylor Lewan offers to make peace with Josh Norman

After viral 2018 scuffle, Taylor Lewan offers to make peace with Josh Norman

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Titans tackle Taylor Lewan got into a widely-discussed altercation after Washington's Week 16 loss to Tennesse last season.

But on Thursday, Lewan said he's finally ready to let bygones be bygones. 

Lewan tweeted he wants Norman to come on the "Bussin' With The Boys" podcast he co-hosts with former Redskins linebacker Will Compton to "settle our differences."

Judging by what happened last December, there are plenty of differences: Norman threw his helmet at Lewan after the latter approached him, Lewan later accusing Norman of trying to hurt Titans running back Derrick Henry.

"I'm not worried about Josh Norman, man," Lewan told reporters after the incident. "I'm an offensive lineman, he's a [defensive back]. I don't know who that is."

"I was pissed. He was trying to hurt Derrick [Henry]. That's BS. That’s not the way football’s supposed to be played, man. It’s not our fault you’re not relevant anymore."

"Why would you come to another man's sideline?" Norman said of the dust-up. "And then after you won a game, you pick fun at the player that is relevant. You go out of your way to come to his bench, his sideline, to go at him in that kind of way."

"We're not having it. We will not tolerate disrespect. That's zero tolerance for that. That was the ultimate disrespect. You just don't do that."

The incident happened months ago, so it's about time the pair made peace. And as an ex-Redskin and ex-Titan, perhaps Compton can help mend the fences. But if Norman does accept Lewan's invitation to come on the podcast, we might be in for even more verbal fireworks. 

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Keldon Johnson

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Keldon Johnson

The Washington Wizards will have the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select...

2019 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Keldon Johnson

School: Kentucky
Position: Guard
Age: 19 (turns 21 in October)
Height: 6-6
Weight: 216
Wingspan: 6-9
Max vertical: N/A

2018/19 stats: 13.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.2 bpg, 46.1 FG% (4.6/10.1), 38.1 3PT% (1.2/3.2), 70.3 FT%

Player comparison: Gary Harris, Jerome Robinson

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 19th, NBADraft.net 15th, Bleacher Report 8th, Sports Illustrated 23rd, Ringer 21st

5 things to know:

*Johnson is considered the best NBA prospect in this year's class from the University of Kentucky. Though the Wildcats usually churn out top-10 picks, he is projected to go somewhere in the back end of the lottery or in the 20s. His teammates Tyler Herro and P.J. Washington are expected to go late in the first round.

*Johnson is an athletic, slashing wing who is quick up and down the floor. His highlights are filled with fastbreak dunks and agile plays around the basket. Johnson, though, didn't participate in the vertical leap measurement at the combine, so there is some mystery there.

*He has a solid outside shot. Johnson made 38.2 percent of his threes on 3.2 attempts per game, which is impressive especially for a freshman. He appears to have smooth mechanics on his jumper and a quick release. Johnson, though, like most young players has to develop his ability to shoot off the dribble.

*Johnson plays with a lot of passion and is known for wearing his emotions on his sleeve. He brings tons of energy to both ends of the floor and that is a good sign for his potential at the next level.

*Johnson has a few local connections. He is from Chesterfield, VA, just south of Richmond. He went to high school at Oak Hill Academy in southwestern Virginia. His brother, Kaleb, plays basketball for Georgetown University. And his other brother, Kyle, played at Old Dominion.

Fit with Wizards: Johnson happens to play the one position the Wizards have solidified, at least in their starting lineup with Bradley Beal. However, they could use more guard depth in general and Beal needs some help behind him.

The Wizards thought they had solved that with Austin Rivers this past season and that didn't work out. The result was Beal leading the NBA in minutes played in the second straight year he appeared in all 82 games.

Iron Man streaks are great, but not ideal for a guy who has a history of leg injuries and a long career ahead of him. Johnson is the type of player who could take some pressure off of Beal and possibly play with him at the three-spot. He would also add shooting, which the Wizards need.

The question would be if he is good enough to pick ninth overall and if that need is enough to justify at that spot. The answer is probably not, but Johnson seems like a guy who could soar up draft boards once workouts begin.

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