2011 NFL Week One Point Spread Picks by NFL Mikee

Thomas MorelandSenior Writer ISeptember 8, 2011

Brees starts the 2011 season against Packers
Brees starts the 2011 season against PackersThearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Thursday Night Football in America starts off the season with  the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers taking on the previous year's Super Bowl winning New Orleans Saints.

The Packers should be favored, due to the return of injured star players, in addition to the roster that won the Super Bowl. The spread is 4.5 in the Packers favor.

Look for Green Bay to win at home in defense of the number one ranking they deserve until someone manages to beat them.  I believe they will cover by at least six points.

Sunday, the action resumes as wives looking for a man around the house increases around the country.

Atlanta is traveling to Chicago and must cover 3.5 points on the road. The Falcons have plenty of offense.

 The Bears, led by Jay Cutler, must find a way to keep the Atlanta offense from owning time of possession in this first game at home. I like Atlanta in this contest.

Cincinnati goes on the road to Cleveland in a division rivalry that will make for a tight contest. The Browns are giving 4.5 points, which is too many. Grab the Bengals for a small upset here.

Kansas City is favored by six to seven points over Buffalo, who I consider to be one of the weakest teams in pro football. This is my lock of the week. Take the Chiefs at home.

The Eagles are one team favored to reach the Super Bowl this pre-season. They travel to St. Louis as 5.5 point favorites.

I like the Rams as an upset pick this week so the points are gravy betting this game. If the Rams win I will look like a genius.

Tampa Bay is at home to start the season against Detroit. Both teams have good young talent at running back and other positions. Give only three points and grab the home team.

Jacksonville has quarterback issues presently and the home field this week will not make a difference as Tennessee and it's new leader Matt Hasselbeck easily win this game. You even get four points taking Tennessee.

The Steelers are on the road in Baltimore and are getting three points. I like the Ravens early in the season while they all are healthy. Adding a play-maker like Anquan Boldin might be the formula for a fabulous year for Raven fans.

Houston gets Indianapolis without Peyton Manning in game one. I will take Houston to win this one by five points. If the Texans fail to beat the Colts in these circumstances, forget about it! It being the playoffs.

Manning opens against Redskins
Manning opens against RedskinsJim McIsaac/Getty Images

The New York Giants seem more prepared to do battle than the Washington Redskins. New faces in the line-up plus a new coach leads to mass confusion the first couple of weeks.

There is a reason the Giants are favored by almost seven points. Take the Giants and give the points.

The San Francisco 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks with only two points given. Both of these teams should show improvement from last season.

Once again, the new coach will take a couple of weeks to notch a win on his handle, so take the 49ers and the small point spread. This division is still weak. Everybody might go 8-8 for a four way tie.

San Diego is favored by eight points over Minnesota. I would take the Vikings and the points in this one.

Arizona has Carolina at home and 4.5 is the number. The correct side of this game would be the home Cardinal team.

Wrapping up the Sunday action will be the Jets hosting the Cowboys. When the Cowboys get four points, watch out.

Dallas covers this number like a big blanket.

On Monday night, New England ambushes Miami in what appears to be a mismatch.

I have Brady and Welker on a fantasy team, so I agree. Pats by 10.

The first week's action ends in Denver with Oakland a 1/2 point underdog.

If Vegas has no confidence in the home team I suggest betting on the Raiders.

Good luck.

Thomas [NFL Mikee] Moreland