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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.