Never trust a snake.
Pro wrestling legend Jake "The Snake" Roberts has made a long career out of striking fear into the hearts of his opponents.
After years of playing the villain in wrestling rings, Roberts now walks an exceptionally positive path, working to rid himself of past demons. He has improved his health with the help of fellow ring veteran Diamond Dallas Page and his DDP YOGA program. Roberts, by all accounts, is a changed man in the most positive of ways.
But he's still got that competitive drive. For a guy like "The Snake," there is simply no substitute for the thrill of stalking and defeating his prey. This time, he's targeting one of our own: CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer Dave Richard.
hey @daverichard calling you out bro. me versus you. mano y mano. pick for pick. college football. what say you?— JakeSnakeDDT (@JakeSnakeDDT) September 4, 2013
After some negotiating, both sides agreed to a full-season contest predicting the NFL schedule against the spread. Picking NFL games is closer to Dave Richard's turf than college football is. Then again, any contest involving mental games is one that Jake "The Snake" Roberts is likely to win. Something has got to give.
|Jake vs. Dave: Tale of the Tape|
|Stone Mountain, Ga.||Hometown||Chicago, Ill.|
|"The Snake"||Nickname||"Downtown Dave"|
|def. Andre the Giant, WrestleMania V||Biggest Win||One-time Wheel of Fortune winner|
|Randy "Macho Man" Savage||Biggest Rival||Weight loss professionals|
|"Trust me."||Catch Phrase||"Yeahhhhh!"|
What's a prediction contest without a little something on the line? Here is what is at risk for Jake and Dave if they lose the contest.
IF JAKE WINS: Dave travels to Atlanta and visits Diamond Dallas Page's Accountability Crib for an intense DDP YOGA workout and gets a lesson in gluten and dairy-free living.
IF DAVE WINS: Jake visits the CBSSports.com office and must work with Dave for a day.
We'll find out who prevails after Week 17. In the meantime, here are Jake's Week 1 picks against the spread (the same spreads used in our CBSSports.com NFL expert picks):
|NFL Week 1 Picks: Jake the Snake vs. Downtown Dave|
|Game and Spread||Jake's Pick||Dave's Pick|
|Ravens at Broncos (-7.5)|
|Patriots (-9.5) at Bills|
|Falcons at Saints (-3.5)|
|Vikings at Lions (-5.5)|
|Raiders at Colts (-9.5)|
|Titans at Steelers (-7.5)|
|Chiefs (-3.5) at Jaguars|
|Seahawks (-3.5) at Panthers|
|Bengals at Bears (-3.5)|
|Buccaneers (-3.5) at Jets|
|Dolphins at Browns (-1.5)|
|Packers at 49ers (-4.5)|
|Cardinals at Rams (-4.5)|
|Giants at Cowboys (-3.5)|
|Eagles at Redskins (-3.5)|
|Texans (-4.5) at Chargers|
|RECORDS ENTERING WEEK 1||--||--|
If you want to talk smack about these picks or simply cheer Jake Roberts on, you can follow him on Twitter at JakeSnakeDDT.