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Are 49ers that bad, Raiders that good?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) walks past 49ers fans on his way to the locker room after an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) walks past 49ers fans on his way to the locker room after an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. AP

This is how much we know after the first two weeks of the NFL season: It’s still too early to tell.

We think we know how 2015 will play out, but we really don’t – yet.

Are the 49ers as bad as their 43-18 loss to the Steelers on Sunday or as good as their victory over the Vikings in Week 1?

Are the Raiders really as good as their 37-33 come-from-behind victory over the Ravens or as bad as their “embarrassing” season-opening loss to the Bengals?

Both teams looked pretty darn awful in their losses and impressive in their victories. While the answer is probably somewhere between, we should get a clear picture of both teams by the end of Week 4.

▪ Beating Baltimore wasn’t as much of a surprise as how many points Oakland scored. Quick, when was the last time the Raiders scored 30 or more points in a win? You’d have to go back to 2012, when Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes in a 34-31 victory over the Steelers in Week 3.

▪ The last time the Raiders started 1-1 was 2013, when they were 4-6 before losing their final six games.

▪ We’re going out on a limb, but the Raiders will get their second win of 2015 before the 49ers. On Sunday, the Raiders visit the Browns, who beat the Titans on Johnny Manziel’s two long touchdown passes. Other than those two throws to the fastest player on the field, Manziel was Johnny Mediocre. After Cleveland, it’s the 0-2 Bears in Chicago.

Next for the 49ers are the Cardinals in Arizona, where San Francisco has lost four of its past six games. Palmer, the former Raider, has thrown seven touchdown passes this season – three against the Saints in Week 1 and four against the Bears. Coming off a torn ACL, Palmer is 15-2 in his past 17 starts.

After Palmer, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers visit Levi’s Stadium.

Good luck, Jim Tomsula.

Victor Contreras: 916-326-5527, @SacBeeVictor, vcontreras@sacbee.com

Playbook

  • What to watch: Baseball, Giants at Padres, 7:10 p.m., CSNBA: With 13 games left, time is running out on San Francisco’s playoff chances.
  • Twitter chatter: “It’s on us to move on. WE have 14 more games. We have to get ready for Arizona.” – @TorreySmithWR
  • On this date: On Sept. 22, 1969, Willie Mays became the second major leaguer to hit 600 home runs as the Giants beat the San Diego Padres 4-2.
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