Packers, Falcons favored to stay undefeated

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(OddsShark.com) — The undefeated Atlanta Falcons will be gunning for their fifth straight win on Sunday when they play host to the Washington Redskins as 7-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Falcons continued their dominating play, both on the field and at the sportsbooks, with a one-sided 48-21 victory over the Houston Texans last weekend, picking up the against the spread victory as 4-point chalk and improving their straight up record to 4-0 on the season.

Atlanta has built their success this season on a potent offense, ranked third in the NFL with 34.3 points per game entering Sunday afternoon’s Redskins vs. Falcons betting matchup at the Georgia Dome.

The Redskins have exceeded expectations with their 2-2 start, including upset victories over the St. Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, after recording just one SU win, two ATS, in the second half of last season.

However, Washington has claimed just one SU win against the Falcons in six meetings dating back to 1994, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, losing by an average of 7.8 points per game in those defeats.

The Green Bay Packers will also be looking to improve to 5-0 when they welcome the St. Louis Rams to town as 10.5-point favorites.

The Packers are an impressive 11-0 SU, 8-2-1 ATS, in their last 11 games at Lambeau Field, including victories by double-digit margins in seven of those contests, but face a Rams squad that handed the Arizona Cardinals a 24-22 loss last weekend, their first of the season.

However, the Rams have also struggled to produce offense, scoring just 16 combined points in losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, and are winless, SU and ATS, in their last four clashes with the Packers.

In other NFL Week 5 betting action, the undefeated New England Patriots return from a bye last weekend to take on the struggling Dallas Cowboys as 7.5-point betting favorites. The 3-0 Patriots have won six straight games SU and have tallied an eye-popping 39.7 points per game this season.

Conversely, the Cowboys have lost two straight, SU and ATS, and will once again be without pivot Tony Romo and receiver Dez Bryant, both sidelined with injuries, as they attempt to end a four-game SU losing streak, 1-3 ATS, against New England.

The Denver Broncos will also look to extend their perfect record when they travel to Oakland to meet the Raiders as 5.5-point favorites, while the Eagles play host to the New Orleans Saints as 5.5-point chalk, and the Kansas City Chiefs battle the Chicago Bears as strong 10.5-point favorites.

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