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The Pittsburgh Steelers might be below .500 on the season, but they looked the better team in their 30-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night. And they weren't the only losing squad to come up big on Sunday. Both the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams handed stunning losses to division leaders. Still, every sub-.500 team is eliminated -- or close to it -- from playoff contention this year, meaning it's not too early to look toward 2014. Which teams are best set up for a bounce-back next season? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

2014 bounce-back teams

Bills

Bills

2013 record: 5-9

Browns

Browns

2013 record: 4-10

Buccaneers

Buccaneers

2013 record: 4-10

Falcons

Falcons

2013 record: 4-10

Giants

Giants

2013 record: 5-9

Jaguars

Jaguars

2013 record: 4-10

Jets

Jets

2013 record: 6-8

Raiders

Raiders

2013 record: 4-10

Rams

Rams

2013 record: 6-8

Redskins

Redskins

2013 record: 3-11

Steelers

Steelers

2013 record: 6-8

Texans

Texans

2013 record: 2-12

Titans

Titans

2013 record: 5-9

Vikings

Vikings

2013 record: 4-9-1

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Bucs win; are Fins finished?

In a "Monday Night Football" meeting between two of the the league's most turmoil-riddled teams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally earned their first win, while the woebegone Miami Dolphins dropped their fourth in five to fall to 4-5. Tampa seems to be well outside the playoff race, but it could salvage some dignity in the last seven weeks. Miami, meanwhile, remains in wild-card contention. But with fallout still settling from the Richie Incognito situation, the postseason seems pretty far away.

  • What chance do the Dolphins (4-5) have of making the playoffs?

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  • Which hurt the Dolphins more Monday night?

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  • How many games will the Dolphins (4-5) win this season?

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  • Will Joe Philbin coach the Dolphins in 2014?

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  • How many games will the Buccaneers (1-8) win this season?

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  • Which team will draft No. 1 overall in 2014?

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  • Is Mike Glennon the Bucs' quarterback of the future?

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  • Will Greg Schiano coach the Buccaneers in 2014?

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Seahawks survive once again

Lucky? Good? Both? None of the answers matters right now to the Seattle Seahawks, who trailed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21-0 on Sunday, then calmly came back to win 27-24 in overtime. Make it five wins by seven points or less, two of them in overtime, for Seattle (7-1). Meanwhile, make it 0-8 for hapless Tampa.

What do you make of the Seahawks' many close wins this season (five by seven points or fewer)?

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  • Which team will win the NFC West?

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  • Which team will win the NFC?

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  • When will the Buccaneers win their first game?

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  • When will Greg Schiano be fired?

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Should the Bucs fire Schiano?

It's been a rough week for embattled Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano. His team is still battling MRSA, he was savaged in an article quoting several anonymous players, and his team dropped to 0-7 after being routed by the Panthers. It's no surprise that his continued employment by the team has become a contentious topic of conversation. Some Buccaneers fans have already made their opinions known -- Schiano was mercilessly booed on Thursday night, and it was easy to spot several varieties of ''Fire Schiano'' signs in and around Raymond James Stadium.

What should the Buccaneers do with head coach Greg Schiano?

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  • Will the Buccaneers win a game this season?

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  • Which team is more likely to win a game first?

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  • Could Greg Schiano still be a successful coach in college?

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  • If Greg Schiano is fired, should he get another shot in the NFL?

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Freeman released from Bucs

Josh Freeman's time with the Buccaneers has come to an end, as he's reportedly been cut after a contentious start to the season. The Buccaneers replaced Freeman with rookie Mike Glennon last week, but it didn't keep them from falling to 0-4 after a loss to the Cardinals. Freeman has struggled of late after a stellar start to his career, but does he still have a bright future in the game?

  • Did the Buccaneers treat Josh Freeman fairly?

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  • Would you want your favorite team to pursue Josh Freeman if it had a vacancy at quarterback?

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  • Who is most to blame for the Buccaneers' struggles this season?

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  • What is Josh Freeman's NFL future?

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