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Underdog Colts hosting rival Patriots on SNF

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(OddsShark.com) The Indianapolis Colts will be looking to avenge their loss in last season’s AFC Championship Game and end a six-game straight-up losing streak against New England when they host the Patriots on Sunday night as 10-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Colts have finally gotten their season on track after opening with a pair of stunning losses to the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets, posting three straight SU victories, including last week’s 27-20 win over Houston. That result also earned them their first win of the season against the spread, as they downed the Texans while pegged as 4.5-point underdogs.

Indianapolis has been getting it done despite being without star quarterback Andrew Luck, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury since the club’s 35-33 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 3.

Luck had struggled before suffering the injury, tossing seven interceptions against just five touchdown passes.

Veteran Matt Hasselbeck has run the offense in Luck’s absence, but after throwing in practice on Thursday there looks to be an increasing likelihood that the 26-year-old will return to action in Sunday’s Patriots vs. Colts betting matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium.

That is welcome news for the Colts, who were pummeled 45-7 by New England in last season’s AFC Championship Game and have averaged just 19.8 points per game this season.

The Patriots roll into Indianapolis after another dominant performance last week, crushing the hobbled Dallas Cowboys by a 30-6 score. The SU victory was New England’s seventh straight, and improved them to 5-0-1 ATS in their past six games according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

Quarterback Tom Brady has clearly left his offseason troubles behind him, throwing for 11 touchdowns over the Patriots’ first four outings and leading the NFL with a 121.5 passer rating and 347 passing yards per game.

New England also sits third in the league in points scored with 149 despite playing just four games so far this season, and have claimed victory in their four contests by an average margin of over 18 points.

The Patriots have also dominated Indianapolis in recent meetings, winning six straight while picking up ATS victories in each of their last four. However the Colts are 3-1 SU in their last four at home against New England.

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