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49ers, Raiders finding similar methods to disappoint different fan bases

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49ers, Raiders finding similar methods to disappoint different fan bases

Roger Goodell Under Fire Again! The Houston Texans Jam A Finger In Their Boss’ Eye! Baseball Caught Using Baby Oil Baseballs! Draymond Green Punished Less Than Others In Incident!

Oh, and the nation is still on fire.

But at least the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers have hit and maintained their stride.

After two essentially identical games – both lopsided defeats in the rain – the two teams are essentially bereft of hope and emanate that feeling to their bewildered customers.

The Raiders were manhandled in Buffalo, getting some meaningless passing yards for Derek Carr’s fantasy holders but little else in a game that rekindled all the suspicions that most of the NFL punditocracy had for them at the beginning of year.

The 49ers are, well, the 49ers – seeking while blindfolded where trying to suss when their full-on hell-plummet ends and earth’s crust begins.

But the difference between 3-5 and 0-8 should suggest a complete lack of similarities between the two teams, when in fact they are in many ways a lot alike.

They are 20th and 22nd in yards gained per game, 23rd and 24th in yards per play, 23rd and 24th in rushing yards per game, 10th and 12th in rushing yards per play, 17th and 18th in passing yards per game, 30th and 32nd in time of possession, and minus-2 in takeaways.

Granted, these are all fairly superficial metrics, and a deeper dive would show the differences you’d be looking for in a team on the far fringes of the playoffs and a team long eliminated.

Then again, the 49ers are trying to figure out where their future players lie, not whether they can go 3-13 or 2-14, so their statistics are not nearly so compelling. The Raiders were supposed to have figured all that out already, but have scored more than two touchdowns only twice in eight games, and the quarterbacks they face have a much better quarterback rating than Derek Carr, who is supposed to be a defining force in the league.

In short, these two teams have chosen similar methods to disappoint different fan bases in different ways. You knew what the 49ers would give you, had no idea what the Raiders had in store, but either way you are longing for something else to do with your weekends between now and New Year’s Day.

Maybe you can get back to watching the rest of the league implode, one billionaire at a time. Or the country, one subpoena at a time.

49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

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49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.

The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve. 

Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season. 

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.

San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense. 

LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

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LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

LeBron James is an avid football fan. He's now an even bigger Colin Kaepernick fan than the sport. Following the Cavaliers' practice on Sunday, James opened up on Kaepernick and his absence from the NFL. 

"I've commended Kap, and for him to sacrifice everything for the greater good for everyone, for what he truly believed in, the utmost respect to him," James said to ESPN. "Obviously he had a vision like Martin Luther King and like some of our all-time greats that people couldn't see further than what they were doing at the point and time. And Muhammad Ali and things of that nature."

James believes the masses don't truly understand what Kaepernick was doing when he first took a knee as a protest against social and racial injustices in America. For his actions, James respects Kaepernick choosing his beliefs over his sport.

"When it's something that's new and it's something that people are not educated about or don't understand what your beliefs are all about, people are so quick to judge and people are so quick to say that what you're doing is wrong," James said. "For him to sacrifice the sport that he plays and to sacrifice the things he's done his whole life because he knew what he believed in, I salute him. I salute and respect that."

Add James to the list of those who believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee last season. The more games he watches, the more James sees the evidence on the wall. 

"I don't represent the NFL. I don't know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that," James believes. "Just watching, he's an NFL player. He's an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he's been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that."

Kaepernick, who recently turned 30 years old, appeared in 12 games for the 49ers in the 2016-17 season. Through the air he completed 59.2 percent of his passes and ended the year with 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaepernick also added 468 yards and two more scores on the ground. 

"The only reason I could say he's not on a team is because the way he took a knee," James said. "That's the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks -- first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks -- that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let's just be honest."

For his career, Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions. With his speed as a dual-threat quarterback, Kaepernick has also gained 2,300 yards rushing and 13 more touchdowns.