Not only did Jake "The Snake" Roberts call out CBSSports.com senior fantasy writer Dave Richard and challenge him to a season-long picks contest, but after Week 1, he's beating him.
Jake was being kind. It wasn't really that close -- Jake ended Week 1 with a 9-7 record to Dave's 6-10.
And not only did the legendary pro wrestler pin Dave's shoulders to the mat in Week 1, but he also achieved a better record vs. the spread than any other expert on our website. He beat Dave Richard. He beat Jason La Canfora. He beat Pete Prisco. He beat the entire Eye on Football crew. And he was one pick better than our second-place expert vs. the spread, Jamey Eisenberg.
Yes, folks. Jake "The Snake" Roberts isn't just winning his wager with Dave. He's establishing himself as the undisputed NFL picks champion of CBSSports.com, in terms of the spread.
But it's only Week 2. There's a long way to go, and a lot of football left to play.
|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 2 picks against the spread (the same spreads used in our CBSSports.com NFL expert picks):
|NFL Week 2 Picks: Jake the Snake vs. Downtown Dave|
|Game and Spread||Jake's Pick||Dave's Pick|
|Jets at Patriots (-13.5)|
|Dolphins at Colts (-3.5)|
|Rams at Falcons (-7.5)|
|Panthers (-3.5) at Bills|
|Cowboys at Chiefs (-0.5)|
|Browns at Ravens (-6.5)|
|Chargers at Eagles (-6.5)|
|Redskins at Packers (-6.5)|
|Vikings at Bears (-6.5)|
|Titans at Texans (-8.5)|
|Lions (-1.5) at Cardinals|
|Saints (-3.5) at Buccaneers|
|Jaguars at Raiders (-5.5)|
|Broncos (-3.5) at Giants|
|49ers at Seahawks (-3.5)|
|Steelers at Bengals (-6.5)|
|CURRENT RECORDS (AFTER WEEK 1)||9-7||6-10|
If you want to talk smack about these picks or simply cheer Jake Roberts on, you can follow him on Twitter at JakeSnakeDDT.
Let's see if Dave can emerge from Week 2 a little less snake-bit than he was after Week 1.