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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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You know how the NFL goes: One shouldn't assume anything. But -- despite losses by the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday -- the top five playoff spots in the AFC have seemed locked up for some time. That last berth, though? The race continues to be heated. Six teams (New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers) currently are tied for that position, with 5-6 records. Three (Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders) trail by just one game. Of those nine teams, which is most likely to make the playoffs? Least likely? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

AFC wild-card contenders

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Ravens

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NFL Week 3: Bills at Jets

The winner of the Jets-Bills game in Week 3 will cling to the belief they have a shot at winning the AFC East. The loser will secure a familiar position in the bottom of the standings. Each team is led by a rookie quarterback who has shown flashes of what makes a starting quarterback a lasting one, but which will come out on top in this game? And is this the most intriguing quarterback matchup of the week?

Which team will win the Bills-Jets game in New Jersey?

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  • Which quarterback would you rather have this season?

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  • If Geno Smith struggles early in the season before Mark Sanchez gets healthy, should the Jets start Matt Simms?

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  • Which team other than the Patriots has the most legitimate chance of winning the AFC East?

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  • Which quarterback matchup are you most interested in seeing in Week 3?

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Red Sox rout Tigers with 8 HRs

A lot happened in last night's 20-4 Red Sox win over the Tigers. David Ortiz got his 2,000th career hit. The Red Sox blasted eight home runs. Shane Victorino dove into the stands to catch a ball, and then courteously returned a phone a fan had dropped on the field. Most importantly, the balance of power between the Red Sox and Tigers may have been irrevocably altered. We'll see how much of Boston's offensive outburst carries over when it heads to New York to take on a suddenly resurgent Yankees team.

Which of these AL teams is the biggest World Series threat?

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  • Which team would win a seven-game series on a neutral field?

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  • David Ortiz reached his 2,000th hit on Wednesday night. Is Ortiz a Hall of Famer?

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  • How will this week's four-game series between the Red Sox and Yankees in New York play out?

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  • Will the Yankees (2.5 games out of wild card spot) make the playoffs?

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Smith, Manuel named starters

Two AFC East teams will sport different looks at quarterback in Week 1 of the 2013 season. The Bills have officially named EJ Manuel their Week 1 starter, while the Jets will be going with Geno Smith in place of the injured Mark Sanchez. Both teams have struggled to find long-term solutions at quarterback, so there's a lot of pressure on both Manuel and Smith to at least be competent, much less excel.

  • Which rookie starting quarterback will have a better season?

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  • How many games will the Bills win this season?

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  • How many games will the Jets win this season?

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  • Geno Smith has been named the Jets' Week 1 starter against the Buccaneers. Will Mark Sanchez ever start for the Jets again?

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