Some NFL players kneel Sunday during national anthem

  • Some NFL players kneel Sunday during national anthem

Some NFL players kneel Sunday during national anthem

Despite a big performance from Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald, the Arizona offense just couldn't get enough going.

In a divisional showdown against the Arizona Cardinals (2-2) at University of Phoenix Stadium, the 49ers (0-4) were met with the same result as their last three games.

Without the likes of all-pro safety Eric Reid, San Francisco was forced to place their faith their top cornerback Rashard Robinson who was attacked early and often.

Some players found other ways to protest: About 15 raised their fists either during the anthem or afterward, while Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch wore a T-shirt before the game saying, "Everybody-vs-Trump", then sat on the bench as the anthem played. That's thanks in large part to San Francisco's pass rush. When guys are open, you've got the time, you've got to hit them.

- Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner formally received his Hall of Fame ring during a halftime ceremony. The San Fransisco 49ers are the only team fading out quickly, winless through three games.

During a wide-ranging speech at a political rally in Alabama on September 22, Mr Trump called for National Football League owners to fire players who engaged in such a protest. There are a lot of things that are going on that are unjust, people aren't being held accountable for and that's something that needs to change... So on one hand, the 49ers wouldn't have been in position to win if not for the defense, but it was the defense that ultimately cost San Francisco its first win of the 2017 season.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Cardinals LB Markus Golden. Whichever team ends with better conversion percentage in this game, could easily find themselves as the victor.

But the only Arizona victory this season was in overtime at Indianapolis. Just like I thought we did versus LA. Players locked arms and knelt before their games throughout Sunday and Monday, sending a powerful message about equality and standing up for what is right. It is particularly bothersome because Goodwin was twice diagnosed with concussions last season while with the Buffalo Bills. While we're still blessed with the presence of Larry Fitzgerald, throwing gives the birds the best chance at winning. He continues to play at a high level, and remains as QB Carson Palmer's primary target. But as it turned out, he likely wouldn't be suiting up for them anytime soon. It was also their fourth consecutive win against the division dating back to last season. In Week 4 against the Cardinals, he rushed 16 times for 68 yards and caught five passes for 27 yards while battling through a hip injury.

The 49ers did not play during the weekend of Week 3 because they played on the Thursday prior, one day before Trump made his initial comments regarding players who protest during the anthem. Consider him a WR sleeper this week in all formats. Whenever this is the case, I tend to side with the team that is getting points. They had a crappy game last week, but in general, I'm pretty excited about what I'm seeing.

- I want to go back at look at the video. Defensive penalties helped San Francisco convert their first two third downs - Cardinals linebacker Markus Golden also injured his knee on one of the plays, and his status is unknown - but as the Niners moved closer to the end zone, they went conservative. To be fair, the Cardinals were minus left tackle D.J. Humphries and backup left guard Alex Boone due to injury, and don't forget Mike Iupati was placed on injured reserve on Saturday.