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NFL Week 7 odds: Vikings, Colts among sportsbook favorites

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The Minnesota Vikings will be looking to end a five-game losing streak on the road when they visit the Detroit Lions on Sunday as 3-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Vikings held off a late charge by the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend to record a 16-13 win, improving their straight up record to 3-2 while extending their winning streak against the spread to four games.

Minnesota now enters Sunday afternoon’s Vikings vs. Lions betting matchup at Ford Field with 12 ATS wins in their last 15 outings. However, SU road wins have been hard to come by for the Vikings, who are dismal 4-20-1 SU in their last 25 such games.

The Lions are coming off their first win of the season, a 37-34 shootout victory over the Chicago Bears which ended the team’s seven-game SU losing skid.

Detroit has also produced brutal results at the sportsbooks, going 5-12 ATS in their past 17, but have enjoyed success in recent visits by the Vikings, going 4-1 SU in their last five – but just 2-3 ATS.

The Indianapolis Colts will look to rebound from yet another loss to New England when they entertain the New Orleans Saints as 5-point chalk this weekend. The Colts were upended 34-27 by the Patriots on Sunday, dropping to 3-3 SU but still clinging to a one-game lead atop the AFC South standings.

Despite their early-season struggles the Colts have paid off as underdogs in each of their last two games, ending an 0-5 ATS slide.

The 2-4 Saints will be coming off a 10-day rest when they take on the Colts, following their 31-21 win over the previously undefeated Atlanta Falcons last Thursday night. New Orleans is now 3-1 ATS in their last four games according to the OddsShark NFL Database, but are in desperate need of a SU win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

The 5-0 Carolina Panthers remained atop the NFC South with their stunning 27-23 win over the Seattle Seahawks last week, but face a tough challenge when they meet the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night as 3-point home chalk.

The Panthers are now 10-1 SU in their past 11 games, and undefeated ATS in their last seven, while the 3-3 Eagles have bounced back from a sluggish start with lopsided wins over the Saints and New York Giants.

In other NFL Week 7 betting action, the Giants are pegged as early 4-point favorites over the Dallas Cowboys, while the Falcons are 3.5-point chalk against the Tennessee Titans, and the Patriots are favored by 9 points over the New York Jets.

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