Ravens favorites, Steelers underdogs in Week 6

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(OddsShark.com) — The Baltimore Ravens will be looking to revive their fading playoff hopes on Sunday when they travel to the Bay Area to battle the San Francisco 49ers as 3-point road betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Ravens, who opened the season alongside Pittsburgh as +170 favorites to claim the AFC North crown, have stumbled to a 1-4 start following a demoralizing 33-30 overtime loss to Cleveland last weekend, extending their against-the-spread losing streak to five games.

Baltimore now has just two ATS victories in its past 10 games and enters Sunday afternoon’s Ravens vs. 49ers betting matchup at Levi’s Stadium with a brutal 3-10-1 ATS record in its past 14 October contests.

The 49ers have also limped to an early 1-4 record following their last-minute 30-27 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football, but they halted a 10-game ATS losing skid by covering as 7.5-point underdogs.

The Niners are 1-5 straight up in their past five dates with Baltimore, including their most recent meeting in Super Bowl XLVII in which the Ravens picked up a 34-31 win as 4.5-point underdogs.

Elsewhere, the Steelers will be gunning for their second straight win with quarterback Michael Vick running the offense when they entertain the Arizona Cardinals as 3-point home underdogs this weekend.

Stepping in once again for the injured Ben Roethlisberger, Vick led a fourth-quarter game-winning drive in the Steelers’ 24-20 win over San Diego last weekend, capturing the victory as 4-point underdogs.

Pittsburgh will remain without Big Ben against the Cardinals, and will take the field as betting underdogs for the fifth time this season, going 2-0-2 ATS in their previous four according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Cardinals laid a 42-17 beating on the Lions in Detroit last weekend, improving to 4-1 SU and ATS this season. But Arizona is just 1-4 SU, 2-3 ATS, in their last five against Pittsburgh, and a meagre 2-8 SU in their last 10 October road dates overall.

The Chargers face another tough contest this weekend when they visit the undefeated Green Bay Packers as 9.5-point underdogs.

San Diego is now winless SU and ATS in their last three on the road, while the 5-0 Packers have won six straight against the Chargers, SU and ATS, and are on a 12-0 SU run at Lambeau Field, 9-2-1 ATS.

In other NFL Week 6 action, the Browns welcome the undefeated Denver Broncos as 4.5-point underdogs, while the Cincinnati Bengals visit Buffalo as 3-point chalk, and the Seahawks host the Carolina Panthers as 7.5-point betting 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

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Giants vs. Cowboys

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

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