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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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Is coaching hazardous to health?

Recent health scares to Denver Broncos coach John Fox and former Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak have shone a light on the job's rigors. And to little surprise -- this is, after all, a position that requires seemingly endless hours of work and amounts of stress, both of which are rewarded with constant public scrutiny. Then again, in today's working world, most students and professionals face a taxing level of stress at times. How bad do football coaches really have it?

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  • Check-up time, SportsNation: What grade would you give your health right now?

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Gary Kubiak had a winning record with the Texans for most of his tenure in Houston, but an 11-game losing streak this season dropped him three games below .500. The Texans won't give him a chance to even the ledger, as they fired him after an embarrassing loss to the equally lowly Jaguars. Injuries decimated the Texans this season, and Matt Schaub's pick-six problem was difficult to foresee, but it's tough to justify keeping a coach whose team has fallen apart this dramatically.

Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:


Exit strategy?

The Texans were generally respectable under Kubiak but were never really contenders for anything other than a quick playoff exit.

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Draft possibilities?

If the Texans land and keep the No. 1 pick, they could pick up one of several potentially franchise-changing players.

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What should the Texans do if they receive the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft?

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Will Texans 'earn' No. 1 pick?

Don't say Thursday night's game between the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars was meaningless. Not only did the 27-20 decision give the Jaguars their first home win in more than a year -- extending their victorious streak to an AFC-best three games -- but it also put Houston in prime position to "earn" the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Will the Texans end up with the league's worst record? If so, what should they do?

Which team will "earn" the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft?

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Bill Belichick is renowned for his ability to adjust at halftime, but his involvement in the Spygate scandal means he'll never quite be above suspicion. That's the case after the Patriots' 34-31 win over the Texans on Sunday. Texans defensive end Antonio Smith raised questions about the Patriots' hot start in the second half after their struggles in the first, saying that it'd be a ''big coincidence if that just happened by chance.'' Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dismissed Smith's comments, but are they more than just sour grapes?

Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:

What do you think? Leave your comments below.

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