Thursday, Nov. 25 (Note: All times listed are Eastern Standard Time)
Chicagoat Detroit (-6), 12:40 p.m.
Staggering battle of Predators ,
The crown is there for the conqueror of this day.
Jauron will not be ready for return of Batch,
Devastated Ursus is chased away.
The Author's Thoughts: Some sure things in life: Don't play cards with someone named Cincinnati; Don't take rides from strangers that ask you to try on these nice handcuffs; and don't bet against Detroit on Turkey Day. They won't need a coin-flip gaffe to win this game. Lions get the rout.
Miami at Dallas (-1.5), 4:15 p.m.
The Author's Thoughts: The Dolphins are playing some of the best defense in the NFL. All the concerns about the Cowboys raised in pre-season, coupled with mounting injuries are rearing their ugly head. Miami takes a close one.
Sunday, Nov. 28
Arizona at New York Giants (-4.5), 1:00 p.m.
The Author's Thoughts: The Cardinals have not only improved over the last few weeks, they have an outside chance of sneaking into the NFC East lead. RB Michael Pittman has been especially impressive. However, Nostradamus sees a big game from Kerry Collins -- who should hang onto the ball. New York's home field edge will ensure a series split. In fact the Cards have not swept the Giants since Jimmy Carter was in office. Giants by 10.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (-10.5), 1:00 p.m.
The wild field marshall of Duquesne,
Is exhorted by the man of prominent jaw.
The stampede of Bettis tramples the jungle cats,
Their pelts are strewn in the maw.
The Author's Thoughts: The Steelers are not ready to give up the season just yet. At home, Pittsburgh is tough while the Bengals are very beatable just about anywhere. Pittsburgh is fighting for their playoff lives and Nostradamus has faith in Bill Cowher's preparation for this match-up. Monster rout for Pittsburgh.
Jacksonville (-7) at Baltimore, 1:00 p.m.
The juggernaut of St. Johns,
Strikes terror in the harbor.
The stealthy cats succumb noisy crows,
But they experience momentary horror.
The Author's Thoughts: They played a tight one in their last meeting. I expect another tough game as the Ravens seem to have played better since their humiliating loss to Chiefs. But the Super Bowl awaits Jacksonville and they show everyone why. Baltimore is a good play with the points.
New England at Buffalo (-4), 1:00 p.m.
The Author's Thoughts: Both QBs hold the keys to their team's success. Both struggled royally last week and their teams were beaten soundly. Doug Flutie will have a good game and get the win.
New Orleans at St. Louis at (-14), 1:00 p.m.
The Author's Thoughts: The Rams outmatch the Saints on every front. A win today and St. Louis clinches the NFC West. They also sit in the catbird seat for the home field advantage in the playoffs. The Rams have an incredibly easy schedule here on out and I see them playing for the early knockout, then resting their players in the second half. The inspired play of Billy Joe Tolliver and Rickey Williams will keep the game within a touchdown's difference.
Philadelphia at Washington (-10), 1:00 p.m.
The Author's Thoughts: The Eagles have absolutely nothing going for them on offense. Leave it to the Iggles to make a #2 draft pick (McNabb) that's worse than the Chargers drafting Ryan Leaf. That's the Iggles. The Eagles have just 1 road win in nearly three years. Expect a good game from Brad Johnson as the Redskins take out their frustrations on the hapless Eagles 30-3.
San Diego at Minnesota (-13.5), 1:00 p.m.
The Author's Thoughts:The outcome of this pivotal game fot the Vikings is predominantly based on the performance of Jeff George. The Vikes are worlds ahead of the pathetic Chargers attack. In fact, right now they are the worst NFL team outside of Ohio. Don't worry about the big spread, Minnesota clobbers them.
Tennessee (-10.5) at Cleveland, 4:15 p.m.
Titan struggles by the lakefront,
Their great weapons they deny.
The men of Crouch try for the miracle,
They just miss in a worthy try.
The Author's Thoughts:The Titans have been playing well as Nostradamus predicted. But the seer sees a lapse in concentration while the Brown pull all the stops to get their first home win. While the Browns will fall just short, they seem to be making the right strides.
Tampa Bay at Seattle(-6), 4:05 pm
The Author's Thoughts:The Bucs are still fighting. Despite their offensive woes, they are tied for the division lead. But next to the Jags and Rams, Seattle is your best team in the NFL right now. Interesting fact: Both teams joined the NFL in 1976; In their first year, TB was an AFC team while the Seahawks were in the NFC. Seattle is 4-0 lifetime agianst the Bucs. Make that 5-0. Pick the Seahawks for the office pool but take the Buccaneers against the spread.
Kansas City atOakland (-3), 4:15pm
The Author's Thoughts:Oakland suffered as heartbreaking a loss as there is. By all rights they should be ripe for a beating against their mortal rivals, the Chiefs. But Oakland wants KC badly; they haven't beaten them since 1996. And the Chiefs have pretty much melted down, even losing with their vaunted home field advantage last week. Oakland wins a surprisingly easy one.
New York Jets at Indianapolis (-7), 4:15 p.m.
Old Titan conquers Wylde Horse in the thunderous arena,
The great Maestro cannot be denied.
The Gang of Green will be unstoppable,
They are glorious in a year that died.
The Author's Thoughts:The Colts have been playing well above what Nostradamus predicted. But in their last meeting, Ray Lucas engineered a 13-point lead. He got hurt later in the game and the Colts pulled it out 16-13. Parcells has devised the master plan to contain young Peyton Manning. If you are confused on who the "Old Titans" are, AFL historians will remember the Jets franchise were originally dubbed the Titans. The Jets pull off the road dog upset.
Atlanta at Carolina(-4.5), 8:20 p.m.
The unclean bird of prey soars to the heavens,
They now swoop upon wounded prey.
A return to splendor for the Georgians,
The felines lose this day.
The Author's Thoughts: The "Dirty Bird" is now the "Stinky Bird." But Atlanta beat Carolina once already this year and there's no reason why they can't do it again. After all, they are the defending NFC champs.
Monday, Nov. 29
Green Bay (-6) at San Francisco, 9:00 p.m.
The Author's Thoughts:Bret Favre looked great last week. Green Bay outmatches the 49ers in every facet. But the 49ers have something up their sleeve and will play their best game of the year. This is Nostradamus' Upsetus Supremus.