Sometimes the best matches end in a draw.
Right now, that's where Jake "The Snake" Roberts stands in his friendly NFL picks wager with senior fantasy writer Dave Richard. For the second straight week, they're all tied up.
Jake and Dave both went 9-7 vs. the spread in Week 3. Jake opened up a lead during the early games. While he was still comfortably ahead, Jake even took the chance to talk a little smack.
Getting a bit queasy boys at cbs ( notice no capital letters) victory will b mine. Remember u started it. I will finish it.— JakeSnakeDDT (@JakeSnakeDDT) September 22, 2013
Lets see how u guys do n 4:00 games. Don't pout or go away mad just go away. Hahaha— JakeSnakeDDT (@JakeSnakeDDT) September 22, 2013
As it turned out, Dave closed the gap late, and they ended up tied. Again.
What we know is this: Jake "The Snake" Roberts did much better in Week 3 than in Week 2. And after three weeks, there has only been one week so far in which Roberts' picks did not impress.
"The Snake" is not slithering away quietly. He absolutely could win this thing.
But for the moment, Jake is stuck with a draw, just like he had with "Ravishing" Rick Rude in the WrestleMania IV world title tournament. Will he leave empty handed this time, too?
|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 Jake and Dave risk 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 4 picks against the spread:
|NFL Week 4 Picks: Jake the Snake vs. Downtown Dave|
|Game and Spread||Jake's Pick||Dave's Pick|
|49ers (-3.5) at Rams|
|Ravens (-3.5) at Bills|
|Cardinals at Buccaneers (-3.5)|
|Steelers at Vikings (-1.5)|
|Giants at Chiefs (-4.5)|
|Colts (-9.5) at Jaguars|
|Seahawks (-3.5) at Texans|
|Bengals (-5.5) at Browns|
|Bears at Lions (-2.5)|
|Jets at Titans (-4.5)|
|Redskins (-3.5) at Raiders|
|Eagles at Broncos (-10.5)|
|Cowboys (-2.5) at Chargers|
|Patriots (-1.5) at Falcons|
|Dolphins at Saints (-6.5)|
|CURRENT RECORDS (AFTER WEEK 3)||24-24||24-24|
If you want to talk smack about these picks or simply cheer Jake Roberts on, you can follow him on Twitter at JakeSnakeDDT.
And while we await NFL Week 4, let's look at what happened AFTER that draw between Roberts and Rude in 1988. Let's just say things got very personal, very quickly.
Denny Burkholder is the producer/editor of CBSSports.com's NFL content. Follow him on Twitter: @DennyBurkholder