Struggling Lions underdogs against Broncos on SNF

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(OddsShark.com) The Detroit Lions will be trying to avoid their fifth straight outright loss this weekend when they play host to the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football as 3-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Lions are off to a dismal start to the 2015 NFL season, dropping a pair of road decisions to the San Diego Chargers and the Minnesota Vikings, and posting against the spread losses as slim betting underdogs.

However, the Lions’ recent woes have largely been confined to the road, where they have amassed their current four-game SU losing streak, and are 1-5 SU in their last six.

Conversely, Detroit rides a five-game SU home winning streak into Sunday night’s Broncos vs. Lions betting matchup at Ford Field, 3-2 ATS, holding opponents to just 17.4 points per game during that stretch.

Despite giving up a combined 59 points in their first two contests of this season, bettors have been consistently rewarded when playing UNDER the point total, which is 13-5 in the Lions’ last 18 games.

The Broncos arrive in the Motor City owning a 2-0 record and top spot in the AFC West following yet another come-from-behind win in Week 2.

Denver stunned the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football with a pair of touchdowns just nine seconds apart in the final minute of the game to pull off a 31-24 victory, and claim the ATS win as a 3-point underdog.

It was Denver’s second straight upset win in as many visits to Arrowhead Stadium, improving them to 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four road contests according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

With the Broncos producing an average of just 259 total yards in their first two games of the season concerns have been raised about the durability of veteran quarterback Peyton Manning, and the effectiveness of the team’s limited ground game against a Lions defense that ranked second in the NFL last season.

But with Detroit surrendering huge aerial yards against the Chargers in Week 1, and 199 ground yards to Adrian Peterson and the Vikings last week, the Broncos might be positioned to end their current two-game SU and three-game ATS losing streaks against the Lions.

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

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app

Giants vs. Cowboys

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app