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How to interpret this page: Below are the Week 16 games in the 1998 NFL regular season. For each game, the latest point spread is provided with the favored team having the point differential in parenthesis directly to the right.

 Based on The Author's analysis of Nostradamus' prophecies, he has color coded teams on the basis of how they will fare in each week's game. Teams highlighted in green are expected to win the game, both outright and with the point spread. Teams highlighted in red are expected to win the game; however, the prophecy of Nostradamus does not support a resounding win, such that it covers the point spread. Underlined teams are your overall pointspread winners.



Saturday, Dec. 19 (Note: All times listed are Eastern Standard Time)


New York Jets (-2.5) at Buffalo, 12:35 p.m.


 The Author's Thoughts: The Jets' loss of Aaron Glenn could mean another big day for Doug Flutie. It won't matter, check out Nostradamus' Standings Predictions. He has the Jets atop the very competitve AFC East (who could possibly put 4 teams in the playoffs). For this to happen, the Jets must beat Buffalo on Saturday. In their last meeting, Vinny Testaverde threw for three TDs and the Jets defense limiting Buffalo to field goals as N.Y. handed Doug Flutie his first defeat as a Bill in Week 10, 34-12. Since week 1, the Jets have taken apart every good team they have played. Nostradamus' power is too strong on this one; Bill Parcells (perhaps the greatest coach in the game) will not let them lose this game. 

Tampa Bay (-3) at Washington, 4:15 p.m.


 The Author's Thoughts: Tampa Bay played well in their Pirate ship over the last two weeks. But their consistency is always questionable. Add to the mix, a 1-5 record on the road. The most exciting team in the NFC East, during the 2nd half of the season, has been the 'Skins (5-2 since Week 8). Their offense is gelling under Trent Green. We'll see how bad the Bucs miss Hardy Nickerson. Though the Dana Stubblefield acquisition was a bust, Big Daddy Wilkinson play has stepped up of late. This has bolstered a D-Line, which was a joke earlier in the season. The Redskins play spoiler and deal the 'Bucs a mortal blow to their playoff aspirations.





Sunday, Dec. 20 (Note: All times listed are Eastern Standard Time)


Baltimore at Chicago (PK), 1:00 p.m.


The Author's Thoughts:  Flip a coin, that's all the analysis you need on this game of two unknowns: two unproductive offenses and two porous defenses. The Ravens have been perplexing; Nostradamus thought they could have been 9-7 this year as well. And what can you say about the Bears??! This game will be real close. Chicago's home field gives them the edge.



Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (-10.5), 1:00 p.m.


The Author's Thoughts: The Bengals are horrid, yet one of their 2 measly wins came over the Steelers. Unfortunately for the Steelers, it looks painfully obvious that Kordell Stewart is not delivering; and Mike Tomczak is an unproductive fossil. Without Chan Gailey, their QB situation is truly a soup sandwich. This will be a real low scoring battle, but Pittsburgh will finally get the Bus rolling and that will be the difference in a suprisingly close game.  

Kansas City at New York Giants (-1), 1:00 p.m.


The Prophecy of Nostradamus:

 The reigning kings thrones are in upheaval, 

Banished squads fight for level ledger.

Gotham's celebration is short lived,

The Red foot provides the edger.

 The Author's Thoughts: Two disappointing teams play out the string. New York has a wisp of a chance for post-season. Unfortunately, there's no way they can get up for this game after the Denver triumph. KC will win this low scoring skirmish.

St. Louis at Carolina (-3), 1:00 pm


  The Prophecy of Nostradamus:

 Good fortune does not apply to horned fighters,

But on this day a victory is afloat.

The felines are in turmoil,

Troops and officers at each other's throat.

  The Author's Thoughts: The Panthers fall from grace has been at light speed. This team always finds a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Such was the case in the Panthers-Rams last match-up; however, St. Louis threw the game away on a ball-strip at the goal line. The Kevin Greene fiasco will put Carolina's team morale in the dumpster. The Rams, who have beaten the Jets, Bills and Pats, still have Steve Bono, who is competent enough to get the Rams a narrow upset.

San Francisco (-3.5) at New England, 1:00 pm


The Prophecy of Nostradamus:

The seekers of Gold in the land of the Pilgrim,

Make the drive to the place of first.

For lack of a finger, the revolutionists are doomed,

Their defense unable to stop the charge of Hearst.

The Author's Thoughts: A must-win for the Pats. However, their strategy of trading TDs with the 49ers will be futile without Drew Bledsoe and Terry Glenn. The 49ers offense looks unstoppable. Garrison Hearst gives them an added dimension. Too many weapons for the 49ers. They will keep the pressure on Atlanta as they beat the decimated Patriots by a touchdown.


Tennessee at Green Bay (-6), 1:00 p.m.


The Prophecy of Nostradamus:

The Anointed march into the city of gridiron legend,

They try to upend the late Kings of Green.

The Fisherman's crew are not up to the task,

Thus ending their post-season dream.

The Author's Thoughts: The Pack barely beat lowly Chicago last week. Are they just out to lunch this year? This week's game may determine if Green Bay can carry some momentum into their eventual wild card match-up with 49ers. Well for starters, Dorsey Levens is back and he gave the Packers a valid ground attack, averaging 7 yards on 15 carries. This will help open up Brett Favre's passing game. Tennessee is a good team, but the Packers are due for a big game at home. Lock in Green Bay.


Indianapolis at Seattle (-7), 4:05 p.m.


The Prophecy of Nostradamus:

The Sea Erne is shot from the sky,

Their future is dealt great harm.

Four scores for every one is recorded,

Many cubits by virtue of the young Man's arm.

The Author's Thoughts: Peyton Manning and Marshall Faulk are on their way to record-breaking seasons. They will be tested against the tough Seahawk defense, who forced 8 San Diego turnovers. The Colts appear relaxed these days while Seattle has the pressure of having to win and hope over the next two weeks. Indianapolis will win in a surprising upset SPECIAL.


Oakland at San Diego (-1.5), 4:15pm


The Prophecy of Nostradamus:

Chaos reigns in the mission,

Without Wheels nor Leaves for clout.

Even the wounded Pirates have a day of rum,

They hand the Steeds a thorough rout.

The Author's Thoughts: San Diego's going through head coaches quicker than it takes Craig Whelihan to throw an interception. They are going to finish the season on a very bitter note. It really does not matter whether Ryan Leaf or Craig Whelihan starts. Both quarterbacks lost all command last week against Seattle. Even their acclaimed defense is looking tired of late. The Raiders don't look much better, losing 4 straight. Wade Wilson beat the Chargers in Week 6 and the team overall is competent enough to beat the reeling Chargers. They have not swept the San Diego since 1990; they're due.


New Orleans at Arizona (-3.5), 4:15 p.m.


 The Prophecy of Nostradamus:

 Crusader's attack is overwhelming,

The birds are taken to slaughter.

The fleur de leis want an invitation,

They will make an offer.

The Author's Thoughts: New Orleans had no offensive TDs in their drubbing by Atlanta. With two good defenses, this will be nip and tuck all the way; however, the nod goes to the Saints. Not so much that the Saints are a better team, but more on the basis of the Cardinals' tortured history will see to it that they fall short in a big game once again. The Saints by 3!



Atlanta (-4.5) at Detroit, 4:15 p.m.


 The Prophecy of Nostradamus:

 The Bird O'Prey's attack is overwhelming,

Vexed Leo must cower or be picked apart.

Atlantis will triumph for their ailing General,

He of the one with the mending heart.

The Author's Thoughts: This one looks like a gift. Atlanta will give Dan Reeves the best medicine of all -- a win. Atlanta also cannot afford a loss with the resurging 49ers on their heels. As for Detroit, Charlie Batch is gone for the year. We might even see Scott Mitchell as Detroit tries to package him for the off season. Barry Sanders will not get untracked against Atlanta's tough run defense. Other than being in front of hostile Lions fans, nothing appears to be in Detroit's favor this weekend.


Philadelphia at Dallas (-11), 4:15pm


The Author's Thoughts: The Eagles will play it closer than the horrendous 34-0 wipeout on Monday Night. Not much to say about a team that can't get a single on the 40-man NFC Pro Bowl squad. But Koy Detmer has potential as he has played three solid games as starting QB. Duce Staley is also getting untracked as the feature running back. Three things will doom the Eagles though: 1) The return of Deion Sanders; 2) The Eagles have not won a road game since God knows when; and 3) Dallas wants to get into the playoffs. This game will get them there.

Jacksonville at Minnesota (-13.5), 8:20 p.m.


 The Prophecy of Nostradamus:

 The cats are hurt,

No field marshalls for this meet.

In the frozen North,

Moss, Horde and Cunning ensure their defeat.

The Author's Thoughts: The Vikings will win this game. The only issue will be whether Minnesota can cover the huge spread against a playoff team. Jacksonville can't win this game without Brunell. But a team as good as the Jaguars allows lesser players to come in and function well in their system. Jonathan Quinn will do just fine, but the Vikes by a touchdown! 


Monday, Dec. 21


Denver (-3.5) at Miami, 8:15 pm


  The Prophecy of Nostradamus:


Perfection no longer an issue for Equus,

They settle for a future all but sealed.

Pieces finds their defense eaten away,

Two scores difference is the result on the field.

The Author's Thoughts: The Denver loss to the Giants may have been the best thing that ever happened to them. Though it was the first game Denver failed to get a TD pass and Elway looked kind of old, Denver is the class of the NFL. Miami still has ??? just about everywhere on offense. This game is not going to be as close as most people think.