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Updated Week 1 NFL Lines & Game Predictions


It’s never too early to jump on the football betting season bandwagon, and you’ve come to the right place as we check out the latest 2011 regular season NFL Week 1 points spreads.

The new season will kick off on Thursday night with last year’s Super Bowl winners taking on the New Orleans Saints in Green Bay.

Thursday Sept. 9th Saints (+4.5) vs. Packers (o/u 46)

Both teams made very little changes during the offseason, making it through the free agency frenzy with all their key players and coaching staff from year ago firmly in place.
However, the line for this game seems a little out of sorts with the Packers favored by just 4 1/2 points.

In the past, the previous year’s Super Bowl victors have struggled against the spread in their following season opener, and I expect that trend to continue here as New Orleans travels to the Badger State only having lost two games on the road in 2010, as well as winning their season opener the last three years in a row.

The Saints last meeting with the Pack at the Superdome ended in a 51-29 victory, with Drew Brees shredding the Green Bay secondary for 323 passing yards and four TDs.

Sunday Sept. 11th Bengals (o/u 36) vs. Browns (-5)

Another game that stands out at 4 1/2 is Cincinnati at Cleveland. The Browns are favored in this year’s edition of the Battle of Ohio, and if they can avoid preseason injuries, I like this pick a lot.
Cleveland has made mass improvements over the past few years, and after knocking off New England and New Orleans as well as nearly defeating the Ravens and Jets during their 2010 campaign. They are poised to make a serious run in the AFC North–at least garnering a playoff berth–in 2011. A win over the Bengals, who have become the laughing stock of the NFL, is a no brainer.

Sunday Sept. 11th Steelers (o/u 36.5) vs. Ravens (-2.5)

In a follow up to last season’s AFC Divisional playoffs, the Steelers travel to Mob Town to take on the Ravens. Baltimore is favored by 2 1/2 points in this one, with a total of 36 1/2. This game could be an early indicator of who will come out on top in the AFC North, so the battle will be heated. The Steelers ended the Ravens postseason run with a 31-24 win, en route to the Super Bowl less than a year ago, so it will not be forgotten.

Sunday Sept. 11th Colts (o/u 45.5) vs. Texans (-3)

An interesting AFC South matchup has the Texans as three point favorites over the visiting Colts, who fell to Houston in their opener just a year ago. Indy’s Peyton Manning is expected to be fully recovered from off-season neck surgery and is slated to start this contest. Still, I expect the Texans to have their way with a puny Colts’ defense.

Sunday Sept. 11th Eagles (-5) vs. Rams (o/u 43.5)

The Eagles spent mad money in free agency this season, and they will get to see if their investments pay off, with an early test against Sam Bradford and the Rams in St’ Louis. Philly is 5-point favorites, but it won’t be a cake walk going against a young Rams squad that played very well at the “ED” in 2010, winning five games while holding visitors to fewer than 17 points in six of their eight games on home turf.

Sunday Sept. 11th Falcons (-2) vs. Bears (o/u 40.5)

Finally, a pair of teams that finished last season’s campaign with two of the best records in the NFC will go head-to-head early on, as the Atlanta Falcons fly to the Windy City as 2-point favorites over the Chicago Bears.

Both teams suffered the same fate in last year’s postseason; beaten by the Packers at home.
The Falcons’ Matt Ryan appears more like a future champion every time he steps onto the field, and after coming off the best season of his career, I expect him to prove why the odds Gods have Atlanta favored in this one.

There you have it. Good luck this coming pro football season and make sure that you check back regularly for weekly NFL game lines and predictions right here on

Week 1 NFL Lines 2011

Thursday, Sep 08, 2011

8:30 PM
New Orleans Saints +4.5 (Over-Under 46)
Green Bay Packers -4.5

Sunday, Sep 11, 2011

1:00 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers +2.5 (Over-Under 36.5)
Baltimore Ravens -2.5

1:00 PM
Detroit Lions +3 (Over-Under 40)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3

1:00 PM
Atlanta Falcons -2 (Over-Under 40½)
Chicago Bears +2

1:00 PM
Buffalo Bills +6.5 (Over-Under 41)
Kansas City Chiefs -6.5

1:00 PM
Indianapolis Colts +3 (Over-Under 45½)
Houston Texans -3

1:00 PM
Philadelphia Eagles -5½ (Over-Under 43.5)
St. Louis Rams +5½

1:00 PM
Cincinnati Bengals +2½ (Over-Under 38)
Cleveland Browns -2½

1:00 PM
Tennessee Titans +3 (Over-Under 39)
Jacksonville Jaguars -3

4:15 PM
New York Giants -3.5 (Over-Under 37.5)
Washington Redskins +3.5

4:15 PM
Carolina Panthers +5.5 (Over-Under 36.5)
Arizona Cardinals -5.5

4:15 PM
Seattle Seahawks +5.5 (Over-Under 39.5)
San Francisco 49ers -5.5

4:15 PM
Minnesota Vikings +9 (Over-Under 41)
San Diego Chargers -9

8:25 PM
Dallas Cowboys +4 (Over-Under 41)
New York Jets -4

Monday, Sep 12, 2011

7:00 PM
New England Patriots -5½ (Over-Under 44.5)
Miami Dolphins +5½

10:15 PM
Oakland Raiders pk (Over-Under 41)
Denver Broncos pk



Matt Martz is a sportswriter for the Bakersfield Californian, the Oregonian, Springfield Republican, Sacramento Bee, and the San Diego Union Tribune. I leave handicapping to the pros. Blessed is the gambler who expects nothing, for ye shall not be disappointed.

About Matt-Martz

Matt Martz is a sportswriter for the Bakersfield Californian, the Oregonian, Springfield Republican, Sacramento Bee, and the San Diego Union Tribune. I leave handicapping to the pros. Blessed is the gambler who expects nothing, for ye shall not be disappointed.

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