The “woke”, sending-a-message-against-injustice-the police-President Trump-Vice President Pence-or-whatever San Francisco 49ers have a chance today to get their season off to a 0-7 start. If they “successfully” do so, their record in their last 22 games will be 1-21, with a record in their last 38 games of 6-32.
The 49ers’ opponent in their home game (they play in Santa Clara, CA) is the 2-3, defending NFC East-champion Dallas Cowboys, who are favored, despite being on the road, by 6-6 1/2 points. The Cowboys have been in the news recently due to their owner, Jerry Jones, telling players that they will either stand for the National Anthem or sit on the bench.
Two weeks ago, as reported by USA Today:
“… roughly 20 49ers players took a knee during the anthem when San Francisco played at Indianapolis. Vice President Mike Pence left the stadium shortly after in what was believed [by some … but USA Today leaves those words out of course] to be a publicity stunt, and President Trump later tweeted that he had instructed Pence to do so.
Reid ranked among the earliest players to join [no-longer-employed Colin] Kaepernick in the protests when the quarterback first initiated them last year. He has taken the lead in San Francisco while remaining vocal on the need for change, even though Kaepernick no longer is on the team. …”
San Francisco 49ers players kneel during the National Anthem in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, October 1. Source: Twitter via TheHill.com
Athlon Sports & Life offered this preview of the game (not that patriotic Americans should necessarily care):
Dallas has lost three of its last four and it’s probably because of a porous defense that has allowed 35 points or more three times already. The banged-up group has had trouble stopping the run, while Elliott had some success on the ground himself, albeit in close losses to the Rams and Packers. This takes pressure off of second-year quarterback Dak Prescott to have to win the game himself.
San Francisco is still looking for its first win of the season, but the 49ers have had plenty of chances to change that. They have lost three straight games by three points or less. They just finished a murderous road stretch where they played at Arizona, Indianapolis and Washington over a three-week stretch. In each of those contests, there were chances to win. The last one against the Redskins saw a quarterback change as first-year head coach Kyle Shanahan replaced veteran Brian Hoyer with rookie C.J. Beathard. As expected, Beathard made some mistakes, but also some good throws to wide receiver Pierre Garcon.
Coming off a bye week, focus shouldn’t be an issue for the team out of the NFC East. The Cowboys do have a huge matchup in Washington next week, but this team needs wins and can’t afford to look ahead. San Francisco meanwhile, better enjoy the comforts of home, because the 49ers head to Philadelphia next week. They do have a nice stretch of home games coming up though.
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