One of the paths to returning the 5-0 form must be getting rookie running back Kareem Hunt more involved again.

Derwin James, SS, Florida State. The Packers drafted Josh Jones in the second round in 2017 to take over for Morgan Burnett after the latter left in free agency, but Jones didn’t put enough on tape to just be handed the job this offseason. Considering the great value the Packers get with James here, relegating Jones to a reserve role long term makes sense. James should be a great fit as an in-the-box safety to complement Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the Packers’ defensive backfield.

After a scorching start, Hunt hasn’t been as effective in recent games. Injuries along the offensive line haven’t helped, but Hunt ran the ball just nine times in a Week 9 loss to Dallas, and that number must be increased.

One thing in the Chiefs’ favor is their remaining schedule, which includes only one team that currently has a winning record. Four of their opponents in their first nine games had winning records.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville. It’s possible the Cardinals could have their QB of the future locked up before the draft, but if they decline to hand a big-money contract to someone in free agency, they should be positioned to grab someone in the second-tier of signal-callers this year after just missing out on the top three names in the last draft. Jackson seems to be a polarizing prospect that could come off the board in a wide rage of possibilities, but if no one ahead of this spot falls in love with the former Heisman winner, I think this could be his floor.

HBO Real Sports correspondent Jon Frankel in 2012 produced an up-close-and-extremely personal documentary with former NFL and Alabama running back/battering ram Kevin Turner, who was then 42 and two years into dying the hard way — steadily and inexorably from ALS. ESPN aired the doc as part of its “30 for 30” series.

Frankel and Turner, who died last year, remained close. Tuesday at 10 p.m. on HBO, Frankel’s down-to-the-end-and-a-bit-beyond post-mortem appears. Powerful stuff.

We could use a high-ranking, sports-minded politician to protect his sports-minded constituents from all forms of unholy money-grabs, no?

36. Geno Smith, quarterback, Jets (30): He managed to get through training camp and the preseason without getting his jaw broken by a teammate, so Smith already is ahead of the game this year. Smith, who won the battle with Bryce Petty to back up Ryan Fitzpatrick, also has a hate-hate relationship with Jets fans that’s always entertaining.

37. Laremy Tunsil, guard, Dolphins (NR): Normally, a rookie guard — the sport’s most faceless position — would not be in the conversation when it comes to interesting personalities. But after Tunsil’s amazing, can’t-look-away plummet on draft night (who can forget the sight of him in a gas-mask bong?), leaving the former Ole Miss star out of the conversation is unthinkable.

Sunday’s Jets game with the Panthers was an example of all of this.

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These stoppages completely interrupt a game. The stadium is going nuts after a touchdown, players are celebrating, then everything stops while the referee stares into a blue tablet.

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Three years after playing his last game with the Broncos, Ball has pinned his downfall on a dangerous bout of alcoholism that began during his junior year at Wisconsin.

I failed to use my platform to help others and to use the NFL as a steppingstone in life. I surrounded myself with bad people, not on the team but in the city. I was na?ve enough to believe I had all the answers. I’m still kicking myself in the butt for that.

Ball’s rebellious attitude seeped into almost every professional interaction, including when Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville confronted him about his drinking problem.

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Two years ago, an MLB survey found that playing a sport between the ages of 12 and 17 was more important to becoming a fan than watching or attending a game.

As MLB commissioner Rob Manfred summarized the results in a Wall Street Journal interview: The biggest predictor of fan avidity as an adult is whether you played the game.

Doug Pederson, also in his second year with the Eagles, not only embraces the idea of using analytics to make decisions, he talks to members of the team’s analytics department during games, according to ESPN.

When the Eagles were down 3-0 to the Falcons last week, they faced a fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line. A conservative coach would have taken the three points to tie the game. Pederson’s staff clearly gave him the green light, because the Eagles went for it and scored their only touchdown in a 15-10 victory.

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Gettleman might make things work and restore the Giants to their accustomed level of success.

WR Allen Hurns vs. Patriots CB Eric Rowe: When the Jaguars spread the field for Bortles, he needs to avoid forcing it to Westbrook, Lee or Cole. This is a good week to get Hurns going in the slot, given another savvy possession veteran receiver, the Titans’ Eric Decker, ripped the Patriots for six catches and 85 yards on seven targets last week.

It’s been another injury-riddled year for Hurns, but Jacksonville can’t hold him back from being a key part of the game plan against the overmatched Rowe.

RG A.J. Cann vs. Patriots DT Malcom Brown: While the Malcolm on the outside will contain Lee, this Malcom in the middle can be a huge force in blowing up the running game at the point of attack. There is a big drop-off from Linder and Omameh to Cann in Jacksonville’s interior run-blocking for Fournette.

It also is possible that the hiring of Gettleman could take the Giants out of the running for Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to fill their head coaching vacancy. Some within the league suspect that McDaniels wants to work with Patriots executive Nick Caserio or ESPN analyst Louis Riddick as his GM. The Giants interviewed Riddick but went with Gettleman, who formerly worked for Ernie Accorsi in the team’s front office. Accorsi assisted the Giants’ search.

But not everyone within the sport considers that a sure thing.

DT Malik Jackson: Much has been made about Tom Coughlin knowing how to beat the Patriots with a strong front four. But on a team full of younger players with little playoff experience, Jackson is the one who’s been on the field to defeat New England twice in the AFC championship game while in Denver.

Jackson was a beast in the games against Buffalo and Pittsburgh as Jacksonville’s savvy anchor. Campbell and Ngakoue have the double-digit sacks, but Jackson can have a bigger overall impact vs. run and pass Sunday.

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In 2015, Texas fired Barnes and hired Shaka Smart.

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That was pretty good, but not as good as Smith, the safety who also had a pair of interceptions and returned both for touchdowns of 44 and 50 yards, including one in the final seconds. Even linebacker Derrick Brooks would have a better choice, given his own 44-yard pick six in the fourth quarter and his Womens Yonder Alonso Jersey status as the best overall player on the defense. This is the danger you have when people start voting for MVP well before the final gun.

Insiders knew, however, Barnes would find a good job in the near future if he wanted one. Now in his third season at Tennessee, Barnes is reminding all that he’s the same guy who led the Longhorns to the Final Four in 2003, as well as three Elite Eight appearances, and won Big 12 coach of the year four times.

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