Based solely on the talent on their rosters, which should have the better team, the Raiders or 49ers?

The Raiders. Quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell and Jeff Garcia have more promise and/or acumen than Shaun Hill and Alex Smith. The Raiders' running back committee of Darren McFadden, Justin Fargas and Michael Bush has the ability to give them more than Frank Gore (for all his heart) gives the 49ers. Zach Miller is a more reliable pass catcher than Vernon Davis. They have one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL in Nnamdi Asomugha. And their kicking game is superior.

— Gary Peterson, columnist

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