This is going to be as close to a regular season game as it gets in the preseason.
Week 3 has always been the game in which starters get to play a majority of the snaps, making it the biggest test of the preseason. The 49ers will have their most accurate measuring stick this week against the Houston Texans.
There are still a few questions marks—quite a few in fact. But some are bigger than others.
I am watching a history of the 49ers as I write this, and it is amazing how many similarities there are between Bill Walsh's early days and Jim Harbaugh's—borderline eerie, to be frank.
It was a rough road for the first season or so for Walsh. However, he then built the team from the ground up. The Niners of present are built for success because of that.
So this weekend will be very telling as to where they are in the installation of the new playbooks on both sides of the ball.