Cowboys underdogs, Giants favorites on NFL Week 10 betting lines

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Ben Roethlisberger is suiting up, but whether the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is healthy enough to have a full game plan against the Dallas Cowboys in a Week 10 matchup remains to be seen.

The Steelers are the slim 2.5-point favorite against the Cowboys, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. While Roethlisberger’s play against Baltimore on Sunday showed he is not 100 percent, the Steelers are 7-2 SU in their last nine games after losing as a favorite. The NFC-leading Cowboys are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games against the AFC.

The New England Patriots are the seven-point favorite against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night. New England, which is 4-1 SU and ATS in its last five games as a favorite of 7.0 or less, has had a bye week to develop a run-pass balance to throw at Seattle’s defense. Seattle QB Russell Wilson delivered a win in Week 9 with no running game, but that’s unlikely on the road in New England.

The Atlanta Falcons are in a pick’em betting matchup on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones have seldom been slowed down in the passing phase, where the Eagles have been prone to allowing big plays lately. Eagles QB Carson Wentz’s propensity for slow starts might hamper his team’s capacity to trade touchdowns with a league-leading opposing offense.

The New York Giants are the 2.5-point favorite against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. The Giants’ much improved defense, particularly CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins, will have to limit big plays by Bengals WR A.J. Green. The Bengals’ 25th-ranked defense will have new personnel and looks to throw at QB Eli Manning, who will not have LG Justin Pugh (knee) blocking for him.

The Washington Redskins are favored by three against the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota, which has lost three in a row, will try to ease the load on QB Sam Bradford by taking advantage of Washington’s leaky rush defense. Washington QB Kirk Cousins will be facing one of his toughest tests of the season against Minnesota’s third-ranked defense. The favored team is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games in this matchup.

And the Houston Texans are the 1.5-point road favorite against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Texans, who are coming off their bye week, will try extending their trend of being 7-0 SU and 6-0-1 in their last seven games against the AFC South. Jacksonville is weak against the run which should help RB Lamar Miller, but Texans QB Brock Osweiler will have to curb his mistakes against CB Jalen Ramsey and an underrated Jaguars secondary.

O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing draws ‘hundreds of letters’ regarding case

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O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing in Nevada on Thursday drew nationwide attention, and the Board of Parole Commissioners demonstrated that by showing the “hundreds of letters of support and opposition” for Simpson.

The commissioner noted that a majority of the opposition letters asked the board to consider Simpson’s 1995 acquittal in the murder case of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman and the subsequent civil case that ordered Simpson to pay $25 million to the victims’ families. But the letters were not considered in the case, in which the board paroled the former football star after he was sentenced to nine years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping in 2007 when he attempted to retrieve memorabilia that he claimed belonged to him.

The commissioner displayed what appeared to be five stacks of letters and said that the board “always encourages public opinion.” The parole hearing received widespread public attention, broadcast live nationally and drawing hundreds of reporters.

Simpson could be released as early as October.

Parole commissioner makes awkward-yet-hilarious slip up in O.J. Simpson’s hearing

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O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing Thursday captured moments of remorse and regret from the former Heisman running back but also a moment that was awkward, embarrassing and, frankly, comedic.

When the chairman of the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, Connie Bisbee, was verifying Simpson’s information, she made an unfortunate slip.

“We have that you are currently — well very recently you turned 90 years old,” Bisbee said to Simpson. After she realized she added a full 20 years to the 70-year-old Simpson’s actual age, Bisbee quickly apologized and corrected herself.

Laughing, Simpson responded “I feel like it, though.” The courtroom burst out laughing in a short moment of comedic relief.

It was announced shortly after the hearing that Simpson’s parole had been granted. Simpson is on track to be a freed man this year.