Jets among favorites for final week of NFL season

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The New York Jets can clinch their first playoff berth since 2010 with a win on Sunday when they visit the Buffalo Bills as 3-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Jets claimed sole possession of the second AFC Wild Card over the weekend with a 26-20 overtime victory against the New England Patriots, picking up the outright win as 2.5-point underdogs to improve their straight-up record to 10-5; they’re one game up on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

New York now rides a five-game SU win streak into Sunday afternoon’s Jets vs. Bills betting matchup at Ralph Wilson Stadium, including a pair of road victories, and has consistently rewarded bettors by going 4-0-1 against the spread during its current tear.

The Jets face a Bills squad that continues to battle the inconsistency that has plagued them all season. Buffalo is just 2-4 SU in its last six games, 2-3-1 ATS. However, both those wins came on home turf.

The Bills have also owned New York in recent meetings, posting SU and ATS wins in each of their last four overall, including a 22-17 victory at MetLife Stadium in Week 10, and are undefeated, SU and ATS, in their last three home dates with the Jets according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

That’s good news for the 9-6 Steelers, who visit the Cleveland Browns on Sunday as heavy 9.5-point chalk.

Pittsburgh is coming off a stunning 20-17 loss to Baltimore last weekend, which dropped them out of the AFC playoff picture. However, a Steelers win combined with a Jets loss in Buffalo would hand the second AFC Wild Card to Pittsburgh on tiebreakers.

The Steelers’ loss to Baltimore ended a three-game SU win streak and dropped them to 1-3 SU in their past four games on the road.

The Browns have been simply awful since their somewhat promising 2-3 start, losing SU in nine of their last 10 outings, and five of their last six home games, averaging just 14.1 points per game over their last seven outings.

In other NFL Week 17 betting action, the playoff-bound Kansas City Chiefs will be gunning for a 10th straight SU win when they host the Oakland Raiders as 6.5-point favorites. The 10-5 Chiefs have clinched an AFC Wild Card but can still capture the AFC West crown with a win combined with a Denver loss.

Fresh off their 20-17 comeback victory over Cincinnati, the Broncos are 9.5-point favorites in their regular-season finale against the San Diego Chargers, while the Bengals play host to the Ravens as 9-point chalk.

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