Streaking Chiefs favored over Chargers in Week 14

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The red-hot Kansas City Chiefs will be looking to solidify their position as the AFC’s top Wild Card with a seventh straight win when they play host to the struggling San Diego Chargers on Sunday as big 10-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

It looked to be a lost season for the Chiefs after they followed up an opening day win over Houston with five consecutive straight up and against the spread losses, including a pair of defeats on home turf as betting underdogs.

Kansas City has since made a stunning turnaround, posting six straight SU and ATS wins to join the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets at 7-5, entering Sunday afternoon’s Chargers vs. Chiefs betting matchup at Arrowhead Stadium atop the AFC Wild Card race on the strength of their 6-2 SU record against conference opponents.

The Chiefs host a Chargers squad that has had far less to cheer about, going 1-8 SU in their last nine games following a 17-3 loss at home to Denver last weekend.

San Diego faces the huge task of ending three-game SU and four-game ATS losing streaks against the Chiefs, who have held opposing passers to under 200 yards in the air in three of their last five outings.

The Broncos, meanwhile, will try to pad their lead atop the AFC West when they host the faltering Oakland Raiders as big 8.5-point favorites. Led by young quarterback Brock Osweiler, Denver has won three straight to move to 10-2 on the year, and have now won two straight ATS for the first time since Week 3.

After opening their campaign on a 4-3 SU run, and looking ready to contend for a postseason berth for the first time since 2002, the Raiders have lost four of five, averaging just 17.75 points per game during that stretch.

Complicating their current woes, Oakland has also lost eight straight to the Broncos, 1-7 ATS, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, a stretch that follows four straight victories at Mile High Stadium.

Elsewhere in Week 14, the Steelers will try to keep pace with Kansas City when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals as 3-point underdogs, while the Jets look for a third straight win when they battle the Tennessee Titans as 7.5-point chalk.

Pittsburgh is winless SU and ATS in their last two on the road, while the 10-2 Bengals have allowed just over 11 points per game over their last six. New York has won two straight at home against the Titans, who are winless ATS in four of their last five.

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

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app