Packers favored at home against Seahawks

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(OddsShark.com) – The Green Bay Packers will be looking to avenge their 28-22 loss to Seattle in last season’s NFC Championship Game when they host the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football as 3.5-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Packers, who remain perched atop the Super Bowl 50 odds as 5/1 chalk, will also be gunning for their first straight up victory over the Seahawks in their last three meetings.

But despite being owned by their conference rivals in recent clashes, Green Bay has dominated in meetings on home turf, and enters Sunday night’s Seahawks vs. Packers betting matchup at Lambeau Field riding a five-game home winning streak against Seattle, going 3-1-1 against the spread.

Green Bay kicked off the new season on a winning note in Week 1, topping the Chicago Bears 31-23, covering as 6-point favorites to extend their current SU and ATS win streak to three games.

The Packers have also been dominant at Lambeau, going 9-0 SU in their last nine, 6-2-1 ATS, to record a perfect home record during the 2014 season.

High-scoring games have been commonplace during Green Bay’s run of perfection at home, with the point total finishing OVER in seven of their last nine at home, averaging a whopping 58.67 points per game during that stretch.

The Seahawks have stumbled out of the gate this season, suffering their second consecutive SU loss to the Rams in St. Louis last weekend. Seattle traveled to St. Louis as 3.5-point favorites, but were outgained 352-343 by the Rams, who controlled the ball for over 37 minutes in their 34-31 win.

The defending NFC champs have now failed to post an ATS win in their last four outings, going 0-3-1 according to the OddsShark NFL Database including failing to cover as 8.5-point favorites against the Packers in their conference title matchup.

The Seahawks’ recent inability to cover spreads coincides with a spike in point totals which has seen the OVER prevail in five of their last six games.

That trend reversal has been driven by an increase in offense by opponents, who have averaged 25.25 points per game in the last four against Seattle, following a Seahawks run in which they surrendered just 6.5 points per game in their previous six.

Seattle may be paying the price for their inconsistency at the sportsbooks, where they have slipped to 15/2 in Super Bowl 50 betting, and now trail both the Packers and the New England Patriots after opening as 11/2 favorites in mid-February.

Don Ohlmeyer, longtime network TV executive, dies at 72

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Don Ohlmeyer, the “Monday Night Football” producer who came up with the phrase “Must See TV” in leading NBC to the No. 1 prime-time spot, died Sunday. He was 72.

“It is with heavy hearts we share that Don Ohlmeyer, our beloved husband, father and grandfather, has passed away at age of 72 due to cancer,” Ohlmeyer’s family said in a statement. “Surrounded by loved ones, he died peacefully at his home in Indian Wells.”

Longtime friend Al Michaels announced Ohlmeyer’s death while broadcasting NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.

Ohlmeyer won 16 Emmys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, and two Peabody Awards.

Ohlmeyer became producer of “MNF” in 1972, teaming with director Chet Forte and the on-air crew of Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and Frank Gifford. In 2000 in his second “MNF” stint, Ohlmeyer put comedian Dennis Miller in the booth.

Ohlmeyer first worked for ABC Sports as a gofer while studying at Notre Dame and became a full-time production assistant in 1967 under Roone Arledge, working on “Wide World of Sports.” Along with his “Monday Night Football” work, he directed the network’s Olympic coverage and created “The Superstars.” Later at NBC Sports, he produced World Series and Super Bowl broadcasts.

After running his own Ohlmeyer Communications Company, he returned to NBC in 1993 as president of its entertainment division. He came up with “Must See TV” in the 1990s, when NBC’s rating soared with such hits as “Seinfeld,” ”Friends,” ”ER” and “Frasier.”

Watch Live: New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys on NBC

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The Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants in a battle of NFC East rivals on Sunday Night Football.

Despite going 13-3 and earning the No. 1 seed in the playoffs last year, the Cowboys lost twice to the Giants in 2016, including a loss in Week 1. Dallas hopes to not have a repeat of last year and will rely on sophomores Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott to carry the load. Don’t be surprised if Elliott gets even more carries in this game because there is a possibility his six-game suspension is upheld and he will have plenty of time to rest up before he sees game action again.

The Giants will rely on their strong defense led by DB Landon Collins and DE Jason Pierre-Paul to try and get after Prescott and bottle up Elliott. On offense, New York is all about Eli Manning and the passing attack. Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to suit up, but it remains to be seen how big of a role he will have after injuring his ankle in the preseason. As a result, look for new additions WR Brandon Marshall and rookie TE Evan Engram, to go along with sophomore WR Sterling Shepard to step up for Manning.

Football Night in America

Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

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Giants vs. Cowboys

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app