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News staff selections: Week One

Each week, 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 bottom in the coming weeks.

New England (+9 1/2) at Buffalo
Gaughan: NE
Skurski: NE
Graham: NE
Sullivan: NE
DiCesare: BUF
Northrop: NE

Tennessee (+7 ) at Pittsburgh
Gaughan: TEN
Skurski: TEN
Graham: PITT
Sullivan: TEN
DiCesare: PITT
Northrop: TEN

Atlanta (+3) at New Orleans
Gaughan: ATL
Skurski: ATL
Graham: ATL
Sullivan: ATL
DiCesare: NO
Northrop: ATL

Tampa Bay at Jets (+3)
Gaughan: TB*
Skurski: TB
Graham: TB
Sullivan: TB
DiCesare: Jets
Northrop: Jets

Kansas City at Jacksonville (+4)
Gaughan: KC
Skurski: KC
Graham: Jax
Sullivan: KC
DiCesare: KC
Northrop: KC

Cincinnati (+3) at Chicago
Gaughan: Cin
Skurski: Cin
Graham: Cin
Sullivan: Cin
DiCesare: Chi
Northrop: Chi

Miami (pick) at Cleveland
Gaughan: MIA
Skurski: CLE
Graham: MIA
Sullivan: CLE
DiCesare: MIA
Northrop: MIA

Seattle at Carolina (+3 1/2)
Gaughan: SEA
Skurski: SEA*
Graham: CAR*
Sullivan: SEA
DiCesare: CAR
Northrop: CAR

Minnesota (+5) at Detroit
Gaughan: MIN
Skurski: MIN
Graham: DET
Sullivan: DET
DiCesare: DET
Northrop: MIN

Oakland (+9 1/2) at Indianapolis
Gaughan: IND
Skurski: IND
Graham: IND
Sullivan: OAK
DiCesare: OAK
Northrop: IND

Arizona (+4 1/2) at St. Louis
Gaughan: STL
Skurski: STL
Graham: ARI
Sullivan: STL
DiCesare: STL
Northrop: ARI

Green Bay (+4 1/2) at San Francisco
Gaughan: SF
Skurski: SF
Graham: SF
Sullivan: SF
DiCesare: GB
Northrop: SF

Giants (+3 1/2 ) at Dallas 
Gaughan: DAL
Skurski: GIA
Graham: GIA
Sullivan: GIA
DiCesare: GIA*
Northrop: GIA

Philadelphia (+3 1/2) at Washington
Gaughan: WASH
Skurski: WASH
Graham: PHI
Sullivan: WASH*
DiCesare: WASH
Northrop: WASH*

Houston at San Diego (+4)
Gaughan: HOU
Skurski: HOU
Graham: HOU
Sullivan: HOU
DiCesare: HOU
Northrop: SD



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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.

@JaySkurski |