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Cardinals Favorites on Updated Super Bowl Betting Futures

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The Arizona Cardinals closed out their regular season schedule on a low note, falling 36-6 to the Seattle Seahawks in their worst loss of the campaign. However, that defeat has not impacted their odds to win the Super Bowl at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, where they have emerged as 17/4 favorites.

The No. 2 seed Cardinals also enter their NFC Divisional Round matchup with the Green Bay Packers as 17/10 favorites to represent the NFC at Super Bowl 50, which will be held on their home turf at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Patriots then trail Arizona on the Super Bowl betting lines, holding steady at 9/2.

The 12-4 Patriots struggled down the stretch, suffering straight-up losses in four of their last six games, dropping to the No. 2 seed in the AFC, and have recorded just two straight-up wins in their past eight outings. However, they maintain their perch as 8/5 favorites to win the AFC championship and see action on Super Sunday for the third time in the past five years.

Injuries severely hobbled the Patriots during their season-ending slide, with receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski all missing time. All three of quarterback Tom Brady‘s favorite targets, though, are expected to be in action when New England begins their title defense against the Chiefs on Saturday.

The Chiefs punched their ticket to the Divisional Round with a 30-0 rout of the Houston Texans on Sunday, posting their 11th straight victory overall, and their first playoff win since 1994 according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

But with their last win at New England coming back in 1990, Kansas City sits back at 9/1 on the Super Bowl odds, and as a 4/1 longshot to claim the AFC crown.

The 15-1 Carolina Panthers must face the red-hot Seattle Seahawks in their NFC Divisional Round matchup, tempering their Super Bowl odds, which have slipped to 5/1, just ahead of the Seahawks at 11/2.

The Panthers hold the edge on Seattle in NFC conference betting with 19/10 odds, while the Seahawks are pegged as an intriguing 7/2 bet.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 18-16 Wild Card win over Cincinnati came at a cost, with both pivot Ben Roethlisberger and receiver Antonio Brown suffering injuries that leave them considered questionable for their clash with Denver on Sunday.

The Steelers have slipped to 12/1 on the odds to win the Super Bowl, alongside the Packers, while the Broncos join the Seahawks at 11/2, and trail New England with 11/5 odds to claim the conference championship.

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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