Seahawks betting favorites on the road; Packers-Redskins a pick’em

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The Seattle Seahawks will be gunning for their sixth straight road victory when they travel to Minnesota for their NFC Wild Card matchup with the Vikings as 6-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Despite reaching the postseason as the NFC’s No. 6 seed, the Seahawks established themselves as legitimate contenders with last weekend’s 36-6 demolition of Arizona, romping to victory as 6-point underdogs and lifting their Super Bowl betting line to 19/4.

Seattle is now a solid 8-2 straight up in their past 10 games heading into Sunday afternoon’s Seahawks vs. Vikings betting matchup at TCF Bank Stadium, including wins in each of their past five road contests in which they have held opponents to under seven points per game.

The Vikings return to the playoffs for the first time in three years after claiming the NFC North title with a 20-13 victory in their regular-season finale in Green Bay. It was a sweet victory for Minnesota, who avenged a 30-13 loss to the Packers earlier in the season and denied their rivals a fifth straight division title.

The Vikings also have a score to settle with Seattle, who are undefeated in their past three meetings, including a lopsided 38-7 win in Minnesota in early December, holding the Vikings to just 125 total yards.

Minnesota has averaged 337.25 total yards per game in four games since that defeat, recording 31.75 points per game, but must contend with the Seahawks’ top-ranked defense, which has allowed just 81.5 rushing yards and 17.3 points per game this season.

In Sunday afternoon’s other NFC Wild Card matchup, the Washington Redskins look for their fifth straight SU win, and first playoff victory in 10 years, when they host the Packers as a pick’em on the betting lines. The Redskins’ current tear separated them from the pack in the NFC East, and earned them the division crown and No. 4 seed.

While Washington’s defense ranks near the bottom of the league after giving up an average of 454 total yards in their past three outings, the offense has caught fire in recent weeks, averaging 32.75 points during their current win streak.

Washington has also consistently defied the sportsbooks this season, claiming outright victories in six of their past seven games as betting underdogs.

The Packers start the postseason on the road for the first time in five years, after dropping their final two regular season contests, and are a middling 2-2 SU and ATS in their past four games as road favorites – which they are moving toward at some books.

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