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Bet on the NFL Week 17 of the 2010 NFL regular season puts the Carolina Panthers on the road to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. It’s the bottom of the NFC South vs. the top of the AFC North. The Steelers are holding tight to their 10-4-0 record as the regular season quickly comes to a close and the playoff nerves are about to kick in. The Panthers on the other hand don’t have too much to lose with their 2-12-0 record coming into this Thursday night’s game.

In recent NFL betting Steelers news, it is looking good that they will have tight end Heath Miller back on the field this Thursday. Miller, hurt Dec. 5 in Baltimore, was expected to return for Sunday's game against the Jets, but developed post-concussion headaches and was held out. His replacement, Matt Spaeth, caught a touchdown pass during Pittsburgh's 22-17 loss. Miller was injured on a helmet hit by the Ravens' Jameel McClain, who was fined $40,000 by the NFL. Defensive end Aaron Smith (torn triceps) is being fitted with a shoulder brace so he can resume practicing, although coach Mike Tomlin did not say Monday when that might be. The Steelers practice only once this week. Smith hasn't played since being injured Oct. 24 in Miami.

Sportsbook lists the Steelers as the minus 14 point favorites to win at home this week, with the total over under at 37.

As for the Panthers, they are coming off one of only 2 wins this season, last weekend vs. the Cardinals. Panthers celebrated the end of a seven-game losing streak with a hard-to-watch, but quite gratifying 19-12 win over the punchless Arizona Cardinals. With just 218 total yards, the Cardinals struggled to move the ball the entire game. But Larry Fitzgerald was able to have his best day of the year as the receiver, he went over the century mark for only the 2nd time this season. The Panthers may be on a winning high at the moment, but even so it’s definitely not going to be enough to take on the toughest defense they have yet to face this season.


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