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How to interpret this page: Below are the Week 4 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 blue are expected to win the game; however, the prophecy of Nostradamus does not support a resounding win, such that it covers the point spread.

 The Author also provides more up-to-date insight for selected games. Don't forget to check out the Grande Six at the bottom of this page.


Sunday, Sept. 27 (Note: All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time)


Green Bay (-6.5) at Carolina, 1:00 p.m.


The Prophecy of Nostradamus:

Rested wildcats are not prepared,

The south unable to solve the green onslaught.

For three stanzas they fight for their lives,

Until the arm of favor keeps their triumphs at naught.


The Author's Thoughts: Next to the Eagles, Carolina is the most downfield challenged offense in the league. Not too many teams try to run it up the gut on third-and-18. The Packers key will be reviving their running game -- Raymont Harris only averaged 3.2 yards on 24 carries and may still not be 100% after last year's surgery. Carolina's season is at the crosswords; they must win this game after losing to two underdogs. Green Bay is also vulnerable on the road. All the ingredients for an upset, right. Won't happen -- the Packers will easily handle these dead cats.


New Orleans (-1) at Indianapolis, 1:00 p.m.


The Prophecy of Nostradamus:

 That which Capricorn and Pantera could not accomplish,

Will be managed by a sweet throwing equine.

The false crusade will end for the pride of Louis.

Beaten down on both sides of the line.

 The Author's Thoughts: The Colts have been beaten badly in every game so far. One thing's for sure, Peyton Manning will have a better day than Ryan Leaf did against the Chiefs. He better get busy, Jim Mora may be looking at Kelly Holcomb soon. The Saints are simply overachieving; they will lose on the road in this minor upset.

Seattle at Pittsburgh (-2.5), 1:00 p.m.


The Prophecy of Nostradamus:

A great new empire will visit the pit,

All powerful through riches, wisdom and skill.

Lo, the darker force rises to overwhelm them

Eric's horde leaves the iron city unfulfilled.


The Author's Thoughts: Some computer power ratings now have Seattle as the NFL's #1 team. Whoa! The 'Hawks three victories came at the expense of the three pathetic NFC East teams, who only have one win between them (and that came over one of the three teams (the Cards) beating up on the Philadelphia Tweetybirds!). Seattle plays a legitimate team this week, albeit Pittsburgh's offense is sputtering. Most of the blame is going on Kordell Stewart, but I see their poor receiving corps not taking up the slack after the loss of Yancey Thigpen. Word has it that Pittsburgh may show rudiments of a West Coast offense. Expect to see more "/" out of Kordell as Pittsburgh brings the Seahawks down to Earth.

Arizona at St. Louis (-3), 1:00 p.m.


 The Prophecy of Nostradamus:


When the rouge birds are level to their ability,

They bear in themselves signs of potentiality.

Still, they hold the oldest legacy of defeat,

And receive another measure of reality.

The Author's Thoughts: The Cardinals return to their old stomping grounds and get stomped by an unpredictable Rams team. How unpredictable are they? When Nostradamus picked St. Louis as favorites in weeks 1 and 2, they lost. In week 3, he predicted Buffalo - you know the rest.

New York Giants (-1) at San Diego, 4:15 p.m.


The Prophecy of Nostradamus:


The elder of the Yorks,

Will fall one breach less than the charge.

If promise proves to be true,

The resurrection of Leaf will be large.


 The Author's Thoughts: We have yet to see a "Big Dog" come in this year. Here's a "Small Dog" that Nostradamus likes. Natron Means busted a big one last week and had 160 yards rushing. Based on the Giants dreadful performance on Monday Night, a short turnaround and going on the road, San Diego could find themselves 3-1. Nostradamus also sees discord in the Giants ranks. A sub-.500 meltdown year may be in the works for New York.

Jacksonville (-3.5) at Tennessee, 1:01 p.m.


The Prophecy of Nostradamus:


How often will you escape, O' young Jacks,

Finding triumph against every barbaric throng.

The Ten will test and counter you,

But the great 4 hands keep you strong.


 The Author's Thoughts: Depth is what makes the Jaguars so strong. James Stewart tears an ACL and Fred Taylor doesn't miss a beat. Of course, home field advantage for the Oilers is a non-factor. Tight game, but I like the Jags by a field goal.

Minnesota (-7.5) at Chicago, 4:15 p.m.


 The Prophecy of Nostradamus:


The sepulcher is laid in the field of dead soldiers,

While six cannons ring in Valhalla.

The ancestors of the great family will raise fists from the depths of earth,

Lamenting in the new generations wallow.


The Author's Thoughts: More than one person is screaming "Bears Upset." But so far this year, no +7 dogs have won outright yet. Yea, maybe if Minnesota is looking ahead to their Monday Night encounter in Green Bay and maybe if Randall Cunningham shows his age. But then huzzay, there's Randy Moss catching a 40 yard strike or John Randle landle a "Woo-lick" on Eric Kramer. Minnesota rolls!

Denver (-7) at Washington, 1:01p.m.


 The Prophecy of Nostradamus:


Before the river where crowns are cast,

A city distracted, its king in dolor.

Their team checks the stampede but falls just short,

The head of the high tier they will soon holler.

The Author's Thoughts: Nostradamus alludes to the Redskins maybe winning with the points. If Elway doesn't play and the heavens are aligned right, an even a bigger surprise.



Oakland at Dallas, 4:15 p.m.


The Prophecy of Nostradamus:


Pirates sail into the lair of stars, 

Wary of the emboldened demonstration by Dion.

What ensues is a decision for the weakened east,

Whilst the foibles of George keep the commitment just words of a peon.

The Author's Thoughts: Dallas will be the first NFC team to beat somebody outside the division. It won't be long before Jeff George self-destructs! How will young little Jon Gruden handle that ugly scenario?



Kansas City (-8) at Philadelphia, 1:01 p.m.


The Prophecy of Nostradamus:

The hardened grass of the dungeon will be covered in alban-clad bodies and blood,

The Red Death will dance to Twenty and one unconested chimes.

The idiots high have misused the grand green history,

For them: Defeat, plenteous errors, horrible times.


 The Author's Thoughts: Bobby Hoying is doubtful this week. Rodney Peete is probably better anyway. It won't matter, the Eagles number of sacks yielded will exceed their point total. The Eagles may pull an O'fer this year. If I interreted Nostradamus' quatrain correctly, he sees the Chiefs winning 21-0!

Atlanta at San Francisco (-10), 4:15 pm



The Prophecy of Nostradamus:


A massacre completed upon the sea coast,

In the golden city the Hawk is shown no kindness.

The best of the federation will launch deep strikes in the Black Armada,

While defenders are to the task in a manner no less.


The Author's Thoughts: Atlanta traditionally gets bogged in the Candlestick turf. The 49ers are averaging 40+ points a game and are coming off a bye week. Watch the 49ers defense shine in this game!

Cincinnati at Baltimore (-5), 8:20 p.m.


The Prophecy of Nostradamus:


Victory for the Crows is all but sealed, 

The Tigers are crushed by the harbor field.


The Author's Thoughts: Another milquetoast Sunday Night matchup? Not so! The Ravens should be a treat to watch. With Bengals DB Corey Sawyer down, Eric Zeier may post big numbers passing. Watch the Ravens blow away the Bengals in Nostradamus' lock of the week!!!!!



Monday, Sept. 28


Tampa Bay (-1) at Detroit, 8:20 p.m.


The Prophecy of Nostradamus:

Trapped in a befuddled campaign,

Secured by key and latch.

I see Leo in vast turmoil,

Faltering at the hands of Batch.

The Author's Thoughts: While Bobby Ross claims that Charlie Batch is the future, the Lions have all the looks of a team who's throwing in the towel after the third game of the season. Barry Sanders deserves better. After seeing that new stadium in Tampa, I thought I was in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World. This one looks like the Gift of the Gods.