Donald Trump slams NFL over ratings as players follow Colin Kaepernick’s example and kneel during the national anthem

9 Sep

Donald Trump took to Twitter to take a swipe at the NFL on Sunday as his war of words continued.

Just hours before the new season began, Trump remarked how low the viewing figures for the game between Atlanta Falcons and defending champions Philadelphia Eagles.

Trump has a personal vendetta against the NFL, it would seem

According to Deadline Hollywood, 19 million people watched the Falcons v Eagles game – which marks a 13% decline on the previous year.

It marks the second straight year with a double-digit dip, and the lowest numbers for a season opener since 2009.

Taking to his personal Twitter account, Trump wrote: “Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison.

“Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back?

“Otherwise worse!”

The outburst is the latest in a long line of public spats by the President.

His umbrage began when Colin Kaepernick chose to kneel during the National Anthem as a mark of protest against racism in America.

The footballer has featured heavily in campaigning by Nike and, depsite Trump’s further early forecasting, has seen their sales sky rocket.

Kaepernick’s advert, which angered Trump so much, hangs in New York City

During Thursday’s game, one player chose to kneel –  Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett, sat out the anthem in Thursday night’s game.

A handful of players around the league joined in on the protests during Sunday’s early slate of games, including San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin and Miami Dolphins wideouts Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson.

NFL Super Computer predicts every division ahead of the new season

5 Sep

The new NFL season is set to start with the Philadelphia Eagles hoping to retain the Super Bowl following their stunning triumph in February.

But they’re not going to have it their own way with the New England Patriots, still led by coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, gunning for revenge having lost the showpiece in Minneapolis.

Quarterback NIck Foles lifts the Vince Lombardi trophy.

There will be others out to win the Vince Lombardi trophy with the Los Angeles Rams fancied among bookmakers, along with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Minnesota Vikings.

Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who you can hear live on talkSPORT 2 every week as part of our NFL coverage, are also in with a chance thanks to their stunning defense.

But how will the eight divisions of the NFL look at the end of the regular season?

We got talkSPORT’s world famous Super Computer on the case and it’s given us the standings below.

NFL Matchday Live is on talkSPORT 2 every Sunday with Red Zone updates and exclusive commentary of all Jacksonville Jaguars games. Then talkSPORT brings you Sunday Night Football from 1am plus the play-offs and the Super Bowl

Can the Patriots stay ahead of the Sam Darnold led Jets?
Can the Eagles go all the way again?
Will the Seahawks recover from such a huge turnover in their playing staff?
Can Cam Newton get the Panthers firing again?
Aaron Rodgers has had a huge pay day but can he guide the Packers to the top of the NFC North?
Will the Raiders suffer having traded Khalil Mack?
Can the Jaguars continue their emergence as a force in the NFL?
Can the Cleveland Browns win a game this season?