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Travel and weather should give Bills a boost against Fins

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills aren't ecstatic about playing a second game in five days or their third game in 12 days.

But at least the game will take place in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The Bills could have a significant advantage over the Miami Dolphins. Road teams are 3-6 on "Thursday Night Football," and the Dolphins historically have trouble in cold weather. The Dolphins did, however, win 30-23 in the snow last year.

Temperatures in Davie, Fla., where the Dolphins' facilities are located have been in the mid 80s this week. The forecast for Thursday's 8:20 p.m. kickoff in Orchard Park is a temperature in the mid to upper 30s.

"We would've liked to win any of our three games to give the Buffalo fans something to cheer about," Bills center Eric Wood said. "But they haven't had a primetime game in a while. It's a sellout crowd, so we're expecting a pretty tough atmosphere for [the Dolphins] to come in to our place."

The Bills have not hosted a primetime game since 2008.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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