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Unbeaten Panthers highlight Week 10 betting favorites

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The Carolina Panthers will be trying to improve their record to a perfect 9-0 on the season when they visit the Tennessee Titans on Sunday as 5-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Carolina is an impressive 13-1 straight up in their last 14 games and undefeated against the spread in their last six on the road entering Sunday afternoon’s Panthers vs. Titans betting matchup at LP Field.

The Panthers’ unblemished record represents a dramatic turnaround after finishing last season with a mediocre 7-8-1 mark, which still proved good enough to capture the NFC South crown and a playoff berth.

While they were expected to show improvement, Carolina opened the season as a distant 40/1 bet to win Super Bowl 50, but have since joined the favorites at 8/1 odds.

With pivot Marcus Mariota back at the helm last weekend, the Titans tallied their first victory since Week 1, knocking off New Orleans in a 34-28 overtime thriller, but face a huge task ending a three-game SU and ATS losing streak against Carolina.

Tennessee has also struggled to produce points, scoring more than 14 points just three times this season, and going winless SU in their last nine home contests according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

The Saints visit the Washington Redskins on Sunday in a matchup pegged as a betting toss-up at the sportsbooks. The loss to the Titans dropped New Orleans to 4-5 on the season, two games back of the division rival Atlanta Falcons for the second NFC Wild Card spot, but with 34.5 points per game over their last four the Saints’ offense continues to fire on all cylinders.

The Redskins have lost three of four SU, and have also lost three straight ATS, but own a 3-1 SU record in their last four against New Orleans, covering the spread in each.

The 4-4 St. Louis Rams will try to help their playoff chances when they host the Chicago Bears as 7.5-point chalk this week. The Rams missed a glorious opportunity to pull within one game of the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals when they suffered a disappointing 21-18 loss to Minnesota last weekend.

The Bears, meanwhile, stunned the San Diego Chargers with a 22-19 win on Monday Night Football, recording their fourth ATS win in their last five, and are 4-1 SU in their last five against the Rams, 3-2 ATS.

In other NFL Week 10 betting action, the undefeated New England Patriots visit the New York Giants as 7-point chalk, while the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals are favored by 12 over the Houston Texans, and the Green Bay Packers battle the Detroit Lions as 11-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