2011 NFL Regular Season Week 1: Picks, Predictions and Locks by NFL Mikee

Thomas MorelandSenior Writer ISeptember 4, 2011

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Welcome to the 2011 NFL season.

Each and every week during the season, all games will be broken down by NFL Mikee, keeping all my readers well-informed for betting the occasional office pools and, of course, trips to Las Vegas.

The Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers open up with the previous Super Bowl winners, those being the New Orleans Saints.

The Pack is back with added star players returning from injuries, as they take this game winning by five to seven points.

The Atlanta Falcons travel north to Chicago to take on the Bears.

The offense of the Falcons should be too much for the Bears as Chicago struggles to keep up with both the Packers and the Vikings this season.

A division matchup early gives us Cincinnati vs. Cleveland with the Browns at home.

Cleveland is improving while the Bengals have some skill position player changes that will impact the early part of the season.

Take the home team in this close game.

Kansas City at home is tough enough. Throw in a weak team like Buffalo, and the choice gets easier. The Chiefs win by plenty. I will lock this one in the victory vault.

Can Cassell carry the Chiefs?
Can Cassell carry the Chiefs?Bob Levey/Getty Images

The Eagles have the improving Rams to deal with, and on the road to the points we look. Take the points and root for the underdog.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at home facing the new and improved Detroit Lions.  The  Bucs became relevant again last season, winning a surprising 10 games.

This is a home field advantage type game, so take the Bucs up to five points.

Jacksonville is at home against Tennessee, and again teams with many changes in coaching and personal will not fare well early in the season.

The Jags have had improvements and should be favored in this game. Let us say up to three to four points.

Pittsburgh is in Baltimore for the first blood bath of the season with the Ravens coming out on top by three.

For four to five seasons, the same question has been asked. Can the Texans make the playoffs? A good start would be winning the first game of the season against division rival Indianapolis playing without Peyton Manning.

I will drink the Houston Kool-Aid as they win this close game.

I PITY THE FOOL IN MY WAY!Bob Levey/Getty Images

The New York Giants will be more prepared for opening day and win an easy one over the Redskins, 21-9.

San Francisco faces Seattle and again, new faces in the Seahawks camp make the 49ers a good bet.

The Chargers are home in San Diego playing the Vikings now led by someone not named Favre.

Take Minnesota in a close one.

Arizona hosts Carolina, and while both teams are rebuilding, give Arizona the edge being at home and maybe having a better quarterback situation.

The Jets should be favored over Dallas and anything over a three-point spread favors Dallas. I like the Cowboys in this one getting a mild upset. 

On Monday Night Football, New England will easily cover against the Dolphins, while Denver does the same playing Oakland.

Good luck to all.