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News staff selections: Week Three

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EJ Manuel and the Bills are underdogs on the road. (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

Each week in Football Friday, The News' football writers pick games against the spread in Thursday's Buffalo News, including one "Best bet" (*). View selections, by game, below and see each writer's record on the season at the bottom.

Buffalo (+2) at N.Y. Jets
Gaughan: BUF
Skurski: BUF
Graham: BUF
Sullivan: BUF
DiCesare: BUF
Northrop: BUF

San Diego (+3) at Tennessee
Gaughan: SD
Skurski: TEN
Graham: SD
Sullivan: TEN
DiCesare: TEN
Northrop: TEN

Cleveland (+5 1/2) at Minnesota
Gaughan: MIN*
Skurski: MIN*
Graham: MIN*
Sullivan: MIN
DiCesare: MIN
Northrop: MIN    

Tampa Bay (+7 1/2) at New England
Gaughan: TB
Skurski: TB
Graham: TB
Sullivan: TB
DiCesare: NE
Northrop: NE

Houston at Baltimore (+2 1/2)
Gaughan: HOU
Skurski: BAL
Graham: HOU
Sullivan: HOU
DiCesare: BAL
Northrop: BAL

St. Louis (+4) at Dallas
Gaughan: STL
Skurski: STL
Graham: STL
Sullivan: STL
DiCesare: DAL
Northrop: STL

Arizona (+7 1/2) at New Orleans
Gaughan: ARI
Skurski: NO
Graham: NO
Sullivan: ARI
DiCesare: ARI
Northrop: ARI

Detroit (+2) at Washington
Gaughan: DET
Skurski: WASH
Graham: DET
Sullivan: DET
DiCesare: DET
Northrop: WASH

Green Bay at Cincinnati (+2 1/2)
Gaughan: GB
Skurski: GB
Graham: CIN
Sullivan: CIN
DiCesare: GB
Northrop: GB*

N.Y. Giants (+1) at Carolina
Gaughan: NYG
Skurski: NYG
Graham: NYG
Sullivan: NYG
DiCesare: NYG
Northrop: NYG

Atlanta (+2) at Miami
Gaughan: ATL
Skurski: ATL
Graham: ATL
Sullivan: MIA
DiCesare: ATL*
Northrop: ATL

Indianapolis (+10 1/2) at San Francisco
Gaughan: IND
Skurski: IND
Graham: SF
Sullivan: SF
DiCesare: SF
Northrop: IND

Jacksonville (+19 1/2) at Seattle
Gaughan: JAX
Skurski: JAX
Graham: SEA
Sullivan: SEA*
DiCesare: SEA
Northrop: JAX

Chicago at Pittsburgh (+2 1/2)
Gaughan: CHI
Skurski: PIT
Graham: CHI
Sullivan: CHI
DiCesare: CHI
Northrop: PIT

Oakland (+15) at Denver
Gaughan: DEN
Skurski: DEN
Graham: DEN
Sullivan: DEN
DiCesare: OAK
Northrop: OAK

Last week, overall, best bets
Gaughan: 9-5-1, 15-13-2, 0-2
Skurski: 8-6-1, 12-16-2, 1-0-1
Graham: 8-6-1, 13-15-2, 1-1
Sullivan: 7-7-1, 13-15-2, 1-1
DiCesare: 4-10-1, 11-17-2, 1-1
Northrop: 5-9-1, 12-16-2, 0-2

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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.

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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.

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