Preview: Will You-Know-Who’s Old Team Start Out 0-8? On Road Against Team With NFL’s Best Record
Colin Kaepernick’s former San Francisco 49ers teammates, all too many of whom apparently revere him, have demonstrated that Kaepernick’s influence certainly has lingered.
San Francisco 49ers players kneel during the National Anthem in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, October 1. Source: Twitter via TheHill.com
For example, three 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.
[Eric] Reid ranked among the earliest players to join [no-longer-employed] 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. …”
Kaepernick’s bad karma has apparently also left a legacy on the field on well. The 49ers have started their 2017 season with an 0-7 record. Including the latter part of the team’s “Kapernick Era,” its record in its last 22 games is 1-21, with a record in its last 38 games of 6-32.
Things do not look like they will get any better on Sunday, when the 49ers travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles, who, at 6-1, currently have the NFL’s best record.
The game preview by Matt Lombardo, a reporter on the Eagles with NJ Advance Media who predicted a 38-13 Eagles win, appears fairly typical:
Carson Wentz is playing at an MVP caliber level, and improving each week, which is rightfully garnering much of the attention surrounding this Eagles team of late. However, the Eagles defense deserves [its] share of credit for the recent five[-]game winning streak. Over the last two games, the Eagles defense has forced four turnovers, which Wentz and the offense have converted into 20 points against the Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins, respectively. Against a rookie quarterback making his second career start, it’s difficult to envision the 49ers offense being able to effectively move the ball against the Eagles’ defense, particularly in miserable conditions.