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Week Three preseason line discussion

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By Mike Wilkening

Here's a look at the lines for this weekend's preseason games.  Home teams are in CAPS. 

Friday, August 27

MIAMI -1.5 vs. Atlanta (39)

Can Falcons' defense fare better after struggling vs. New England last week?

N.Y. JETS -5.5 vs. Washington (34.5)

Redskins will not have QB Donovan McNabb.

Philadelphia -2.5 vs. KANSAS CITY (39)

Handicappers trying to get a read on the Eagles will watch this one closely; this is a road game Philly should be able to win in the regular season, even with a young starting quarterback.

NEW ORLEANS -3 vs. San Diego (44)

Saints were sharp in win vs. Texans last week.

Saturday, Aug. 28

DETROIT -2.5 vs. Cleveland (38)

Browns are busing to Detroit for this game.

Cincinnati -2.5 vs. BUFFALO (35)

Bengals have won and covered in their last two preseason games but now must go on road.

Jacksonville -2.5 vs. TAMPA BAY (36.5)

Buccaneers are 2-0 against the spread in the preseason but are without QB Josh Freeman (thumb).

BALTIMORE -4 vs. N.Y. Giants (37.5)

Giants QB Eli Manning retuns after missing last week.

HOUSTON -3 vs. Dallas (40)

Big tune-up for the Texans, who play open with Colts.

MINNESOTA -5.5 vs. Seattle (38)

Vikings' opener is less than two weeks away. QB Brett Favre starts for the Vikings and will get his most extended action of the preseason.

CAROLINA -3 vs. Tennessee (36.5)

Titans' defense has stepped up in preeason.

CHICAGO -3.5 vs. Arizona (37)

Cardinals' offense has been better with Derek Anderson, but Bears' offense is superior overall, and with first-stringers playing — and WR Larry Fitzgerald, the most important member of the Cards' offense, out — Chicago has an edge here.

OAKLAND -1 vs. San Francisco (36)

WR Michael Crabtree and RB Frank Gore will reportedly play for San Francisco, but only briefly, and TE Vernon Davis is out.

Sunday, August 29

Pittsburgh -2 vs. DENVER (36)

Tune in to see how Steelers QB Dennis Dixon fares at the helm of Pittsburgh's first-team offense.

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