San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers: 49ers' Preseason Week 3 Game Preview

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San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers: 49ers' Preseason Week 3 Game Preview
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The San Francisco 49ers host the San Diego Chargers in their third preseason matchup on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The San Francisco 49ers will try to find some sort of rhythm this preseason as they play host to the visiting San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. ET on Fox.

Not much has gone right for the 49ers, who have dropped two straight preseason games, being outscored 57-3 in the process. San Francisco's offense has failed to muster any sort of production and the defense has been vulnerable in a number of significant areas.

Of course, we have to remind ourselves that it is just the preseason and these scores mean almost nothing in determining the eventual outcome of the 2014 NFL season. The 49ers remain an elite team in spite of the generated statistics.

Additionally, we know that the 49ers have rested the vast majority of their starters in both preseason matchups thus far.

We might expect them to do more of the same come Week 3 of the preseason, although it would not be out of the question for head coach Jim Harbaugh and Co. to try to create some more positives in what has otherwise been a lackluster start to the final preparations before the regular season.

It is feasible that we see less of San Francisco's fringe players against San Diego given that the team will have to cut the current 90-man roster down to 75 by 4 p.m. ET on Aug. 26. The final formulation of the 53-man roster will be made on Saturday, Aug. 30.

A current list of the 49ers roster can be found here.

Harbaugh and the 49ers coaching staff may have already made some personnel decisions by now, which could lead to speculation about which players may be seen Sunday. Of course, this third preseason game may be the final in-game opportunity to view bubble-watch players before being cut.

At any rate, we should expect the 49ers to try to bounce back in some fashion from two underwhelming performances. 

Let us break down what to look for in the upcoming preseason matchup versus the Chargers. There are some significant questions on the table and we'll try to answer them.

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