San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston Texans: 49ers' Preseason Week 3 Game Preview

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San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston Texans: 49ers' Preseason Week 3 Game Preview
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The 49ers square off against the Houston Texans during the final week of the preseason.

The San Francisco 49ers will wrap up the 2014 preseason when they take to the road to visit the Houston Texans on Thursday, August 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

The 49ers are coming off their first preseason victory versus the San Diego Chargers, which was also their first win at the team's new home—Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

San Francisco's first-team offense had their fair share of struggles during that particular game before second- and third-team units took over and helped lead the 49ers to a 21-7 victory over their Southern California rivals.

While some questions and concerns will certainly follow the team through this final week of the regular season, San Francisco vs. Houston will probably not look like anything resembling an NFL regular-season game.

The 49ers have already trimmed their roster from 90 to 75 players. Additionally, we can expect that almost all of the starters have been penciled in for Week 1. We cannot entirely determine how much the starters will play Thursday, but we can be certain that backups and reserves will once again carry the majority of the workload.

We might remember the last time these two teams met back on October 6, 2013. San Francisco trounced Houston 34-3. 

That's nice for bragging rights, but little more considering the context of the preseason.

Still, this game does prompt evaluation. The vast majority of starters have been determined and a number of backup battles are coming into focus. This will be the final week that many of these bubble-watch players have to try and remain on the roster.

Let's take a look at this last preseason matchup as San Francisco looks to finish strong before the regular season commences on September 7.

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