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Aug 27, 2002 9:22 AM

Final dress rehearsals take place this weekend in the NFL. The most important advice is that once the preseason ends, forget virtually everything you have seen, especially the records. Even when the starters are on the field in preseason games they rarely go at full speed.

In looking to play preseason games in the final week watch for teams that struggled continually on offense throughout their previous games.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Chargers (—3½) at 49ers (37): San Diego can use a little extra work. The 49ers look at D. UNDER.

Thursday, Aug. 29

Bears (+3) at Miami (32): Both teams figure to be more interested in developing depth. UNDER.

Vikings (+3) at Steelers (40½): Minnesota might use this game to open the offense. VIKINGS.

Falcons (+3½) at Bengals (39½): Atlanta QB Vick was hurt last week and should sit. BENGALS.

Cowboys (+2½) at Jaguars (35½): Jacksonville wants to correct major problems. JAGUARS.

Patriots (+7) at Redskins (45½): Steve Spurrier has been relentless on offense. REDSKINS.

Bills (+3) at Lions (38½): Both teams are winless and rebuilding this preseason so the coaches might look to try harder to build confidence. Detroit QB Joey Harrington looks very comfortable. LIONS.

Ravens (—3) at Giants (33½): The Giants might feel the pressure from the New York media to give fans hope for the season. GIANTS.

Cards (+5½) at Raiders (37½): This could be a high scoring first half before the reserves take over. RAIDERS.

Seahawks (+5) at Broncos (39): Primary concern is staying healthy. UNDER.

Friday, Aug. 30

Colts (+2½) at Saints (41½): Expect the starters to see limited action. UNDER.

Eagles (+4½) at Jets (35): backup QBs get bulk of the playing time. UNDER.

Titans at Packers (NL): Tennessee may be in better position to work on execution. TITANS.

Panthers at Browns (NL): Carolina still addressing numerous issues. PANTHERS

Bucs (—6½) at Texans (33½): Tampa Bay has to be concerned about the inability of its offense to produce for Gruden. BUCS.

Rams (+3½) at Chiefs (39): Although both starting units may not see much action, there still figures to be a lot of passing. The backups will throw often. OVER.