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Online Handicapping: Sunday NFL Chargers vs Steelers

NFL action on Sunday, December 9, 2012 features the San Diego Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 1 PM ET. San Diego is 4-8 and hanging by a thread in the AFC while the Steelers are 7-5 and welcome back Ben Roethlisberger to the lineup in an effort to come closer to the playoffs. The Steelers should be able to contain the Chargers offense Sunday, which is why we will back the Steel Curtain this weekend at home.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Return of Big Ben brings excitement

Big Ben returns to the lineup on Sunday after missing three games due to a sprained shoulder and dislocated rib. The Steelers rejuvenated their playoff hopes with a road win at Baltimore last week behind third-string quarterback Charlie Batch. Now, with Roethlisberger back in the fold, the Steelers should have an easier time this week over the Chargers at home in the hopes of grabbing an AFC playoff spot.

San Diego Chargers: One loss away from missing playoffs

With a loss, the Chargers will be eliminated from playoff contention and things do not bode well for San Diego this weekend as the team is 0-14 all-time at Pittsburgh. Rumors began swirling late Thursday night that General Manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner will be fired at the end of the regular season. San Diego is in the midst of a four-game losing streak that has dropped them to 4-8.

In what could have been an entertaining matchup between two traditionally powerful AFC teams, the Steelers host the Chargers on Sunday afternoon in the Steel City. Pittsburgh will get Big Ben back, putting their playoff hopes back on track. The online sportsbook found at has the Steelers as -7.5 (-110) home chalk. Big Ben is a difference maker, so we will put our money down on the Steelers.

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