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Cardinals betting chalk against Bengals in clash of division leaders

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The Arizona Cardinals will be looking to pad their three-game lead atop the NFC West standings and extend their current straight-up winning streak to four games when they host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night Football as 5-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The 7-2 Cardinals extended their divisional lead with a 39-32 win in Seattle last Sunday night, taking home the outright win in their first outing as underdogs this season and improving their against-the-spread record to 6-3.

While Seattle’s 32 points by far marks the most that the Cardinals have surrendered this season their offense continues to fire on all cylinders, averaging 33 points per game during their current win streak and 33.6 PPG on the season. That has them second only to New England going into Sunday night’s Bengals vs. Cardinals betting matchup at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Veteran pivot Carson Palmer continues to be the difference maker, tossing three touchdown passes against the Seahawks to raise his season total to 23, just one behind the Patriots’ Tom Brady, while also recording the league’s second-ranked  passer rating of 108.0

The win over Seattle also marked the first time in three games that the Cardinals surrendered over 300 total yards during their current run, holding opposing ground games to under 100 rushing yards in three of their last five.

Despite their recent winning ways, Arizona has failed to pay off at the sportsbooks in recent home games, going 0-2 ATS in their last two and 2-3 ATS in their last five in the desert.

The Bengals travel west after suffering their first loss of the season, a 10-6 defeat at home to the Houston Texans on Monday night.

That matchup was the third straight in which Cincy gave up just 10 points, but the AFC North leaders were unable to generate any offense after routing Cleveland 31-10 two weeks ago, going a dismal 3-for-12 on third downs and failing to penetrate the Texans red zone again after taking an early 6-0 lead.

The loss was also the Bengals’ first ATS this season and ended their five-game SU win streak at home, but the club remains perfect on the road this season and is an outstanding 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS in their last nine regular season road contests according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

However, Cincinnati has produced mixed results in meetings with the Cardinals since the club moved to Arizona, going 4-3 SU and 3-4 ATS in their last seven matchups.

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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