Colin Kaepernick’s bad karma and losing legacy has continued into the San Francisco 49ers’ 2017 season … even though Kaepernick has not been a member of the team since choosing to opt out of his contract with them in March 2017.
From last year, former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs, an action for which the 49ers felt no need to discipline the now-unemployed quarterback. (Image Source: AP/Ben Margot)
This afternoon, at 1:05 PM Pacific Time, the 49ers hope to start off the second half of their 2017 regular season by making a break from their winless 0-8 start, hosting the 3-4 division-rival Arizona Cardinals at their Levi’s Stadium home in Santa Clara, California.
The two teams met five weeks ago in Glendale, Arizona, and the 49ers actually came close to winning, taking the Cardinals to overtime before succumbing, 18-15. They certainly have a reasonable chance on Sunday of winning their first game this season.
Athlon Sports & Life offers this preview of the game:
San Francisco just finished up a grueling stretch of four of five games away from home with three of those being losses of three points or less. For such a young team, the frustration caught up with them in blowout losses to the Cowboys and Eagles. Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard (above, right) has struggled, but the team still thought more of him than Hoyer, who was released. Jimmy Garoppolo, acquired in a trade with New England earlier this week, will not be available for Sunday, and Kyle Shanahan said on Wednesday that there was no guarantee Garoppolo would see the field in 2017. No. 1 wide receiver Pierre Garcon went on injured reserve on Thursday because of a neck injury, and he was one of the few reliable weapons the 49ers had.
Arizona lost its last game 33-0 over in London and showed very little fight while getting blown out. The Cardinals have alternated losses and wins the last few weeks and have been struggling with consistency. There was a report that head coach Bruce Arians was considering retirement at the end of the season, but he was quick to shut it down. Drew Stanton is at quarterback while Adrian Peterson set to play in his third game for Arizona since being acquired from New Orleans. Peterson was good in his first game but struggled his last time out behind an offensive line that is very iffy at best. The Cardinals’ defense has been way too leaky of late, allowing 30 points or more in three straight contests.