Nike tested its Color Rush designs with some teams last year. This year, every team will get a version of the brand's signature style for NFL jerseys. (Billy Hurst/AP)

Another 1-0 start to come? 49ers to kickoff the season on ESPN

The NFL announced its 2016 schedule on Thursday, and the San Francisco 49ers will again start the season in prime-ish time as the late Monday Night Football game.

The Niners will play the recently relocated Los Angeles Rams on ESPN, presumably, with Chris Berman and Trent Dilfer calling the game.

(Something tells me Dilfer won’t be as effusive about the maturation of Colin Kaepernick this year.)

In other 49ers news, the NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger told 97.5 The Fanatic, “I already hear there’s problems in the building between Chip [Kelly] and [general manager Trent] Baalke.”

That doesn’t bode well for Baalke’s long-term prospects with the team if the Niners have another lackluster campaign.

Nike tested its Color Rush designs with some teams last year. This year, every team will get a version of the brand's signature style for NFL jerseys. (Billy Hurst/AP)
Nike tested its Color Rush designs with some teams last year. This year, every team will get a version of the brand’s signature style for NFL jerseys. (Billy Hurst/AP)

Don’t mess with the Silver & Black

The Raiders will play their first-ever Sunday Night Football game on NBC on Nov. 6, when they host the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos at the Coliseum.

Every team in the league this season will wear a Nike Color Rush jersey during their respective Thursday night games.

So rather than sticking to the best uniform design in football, the Raiders will likely be wearing either an all-silver or all-black abomination.

Might as well buy a lottery ticket

No need to bet on the Golden State Warriors to win their first-round series against the Houston Rockets: You’d have to bet $7,000 to win $100, according to odds from the sports book William Hill.

By my math, the Rockets have the same chances at advancing as you do at getting season tickets for the 2016-17 season at Oracle Arena. (The Dubs announced Thursday 99.5 percent of their season ticket holders renewed and that they have a waiting list of more than 26,000.)

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