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NEW YORK, Nov. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Real Football Network is the ultimate destination for individuals who want to better understand what's going on in the world of football, including the weekly football matchups and fantasy football analytics. The Real Football Network challenges its viewers to understand the game on a deeper and more advanced level. The Real Football Network takes a look at some interesting events and topics going on throughout the NFL.

The Real Football Network's Pat Kirwan starts off this week's discussion by listing his top 4 picks for teams that he thinks will jump into the playoff race after a slow start:

Houston Texans

The Texans are currently tied for first in the AFC South, having won their last three games in a row. They have been playing excellent defense, and they are set to play the Buffalo Bills in two weeks, which will certainly be a game to watch.

Kansas City Chiefs

This team has dug itself out of a hole by winning its last four games. They face the Buffalo Bills this week, which is a huge and pivotal game to get into position for a wild card spot.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks are currently 5-5, but have a shot at the playoffs as the Atlanta Falcons are beginning to fall apart. The Seahawks also benefit from previous experience; they have had strong second halves to get into the playoffs before, so they know how to do it.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs are 4-2 in their last six games, making them definite contenders. With 5 touchdown passes by Jameis Winston on Sunday, they are in good shape if they can continue that momentum moving forward.

In terms of the MVP race, Pat Kirwan's picks as the top three candidates are Carson Palmer, Tom Brady and Cam Newton. As for picks for rookie of the year, Kirwan stands strong by Jameis Winston. Although he didn't get off to a great start, he's thrown 15 touchdowns for the season, with 5 coming in Sunday's game against the Eagles leading to a 45-17 victory.


Colin Kaepernick goes on injured reserve, which could pose some contract difficulties for the San Francisco 49ers. Kirwan predicts the team will push for an accelerated rehab so that they can trade Kaepernick. Philadelphia, Houston and Denver are likely to be interested, as Kaepernick could bring great things to each of these teams. Brock Osweiler performed well in his debut as the Denver starter, however, so they may hold off on a bid for Kaepernick if he continues to deliver. Ultimately, Kaepernick would be smart to agree to a different kind of deal with the Eagles, who need a mobile quarterback.

The new policy for compensatory draft picks, allowing them to be tradable, is bothering Kirwan for a number of reasons. Their original purpose, he explains, was to help teams that couldn't retain their own players, whether it be for financial or other reasons. Consider the following scenario: A team gets the top compensatory pick, which is the 33rd pick of the third round. The team can then trade that pick for someone in the first or second round, while still holding onto another third-round pick. This is not the intention of the compensatory pick, and is something to be further looked at upon implementing this major change.

The Real Football Network has become the leading online channel for football fans who are eager to develop a deeper understanding of the game. Led by NFL insiders Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller, along with NFL analytics expert John Pollard, the Real Football Network allows fans to see and understand the game on a deeper level.


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