While the Cardinals (1-2) are coming off a short week following Monday night's 28-17 loss to the Cowboys, the 49ers (0-3) enter this game well-rested after their controversial 41-39 loss to the Rams on Thursday night in Week 3.
TEMPE, Ariz. - Bruce Arians got what he wanted Sunday afternoon.
By 51%-42%, those surveyed say the players' protests are appropriate...
- Patrick Peterson had a big smile, telling me he was 8-0 in overtime, dropping last year's tie with Seattle.
It really makes you wonder if our president has ever looked at the Constitution. A 5-for-5 performance will do that, and it still wasn't enough for a win. "That's hard on you".
New York Jets link arms during the national anthem before an NFL game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
On the other hand, the players should not be doing this.
The positive, after a terrible Week 3 for Robert Saleh's group, was the defense, which delivered its third extremely impressive showing in four games thanks in most part to the strength of its front. He continues to play at a high level, and remains as QB Carson Palmer's primary target. "Their record does not matter".
The San Francisco 49ers are listing Carlos Hyde as questionable for Week 4. "As players, coaches, ownership and staff, we are privileged to work in an environment that is a tremendous example of how people can come together for a common goal". And, you guys, let's not forget that the SECOND guy to join Kaepernick in his protest, Eric Reid, is still a very loved player on this team. The same can be said on the other side of the ball. The struggles of west coast teams traveling east and playing in the 10 a.m. PT slot has been well documented. "This is a huge game for us".
"We were trying to play to win the game", 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said.
A loss is always disappointing, but when your quarterback finally plays as well as you know he can, and your legendary wide receiver is just that, LEGENDARY, it makes the loss that much more hard to swallow.
New York Giants owners John Mara asked his players at a Wednesday meeting to stand during the anthem, but did not order them to do so, after three players took a knee last weekend. Ultimately, the Cardinals should only need a handful of successful plays in the passing game to win this game.
"But when you get it at 2:30 you're straight into two-minute offense, and sometimes that's the best way we've played this year".
In explaining their decision, owner Tom Benson had said: "One of the things I am most proud of is my military service".
Despite its offense being unable to find the end zone for the entirety of the game, the 49ers defense was able to force the Cardinals into the same situation - until the last play of the game, that is.
The touchdown to running back Matt Breida that was called back on the opening drive of the second half was a painful error as it wiped away what could have been the difference in this game.
Where it is affecting the Cardinals the most is in their red zone offense, which is operating at a shoddy 27 percent clip.
DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas were able to get to Palmer continually, causing him to rush through progressions and get rid of the ball.
"Yeah, we spent so much time on it, it's kind of disappointing", Arians said.