If the friendly NFL picks wager between wrestling legend Jake "The Snake" Roberts and CBSSports.com senior fantasy writer Dave Richard is destined to end with a DDT, this week may have been the short-arm clothesline to set up the big win for Roberts.
With an impressive 11-4 performance against the spread last week, "The Snake" took a commanding lead over Dave, who could only muster a 6-9 record for NFL Week 4. Jake's big win ended a two-week tie. Prior to that, Jake took a lead in Week 1, also.
So if you're keeping score at home: Our NFL analyst has yet to lead our wrestling legend in NFL picks this season. Jake "The Snake" Roberts has slithered onto Dave's turf and, so far, he's showing him up.
At this rate, Dave will be trying on his first (as far as we know) pair of yoga pants in early 2014 and getting the drill sergeant treatment from Diamond Dallas Page at the Accountability Crib.
But there's still a lot of football left. If Dave turns this thing around, Jake Roberts might find himself helping out around the CBSSports.com office for a day.
|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 5 picks against the spread (the same spreads used in our CBSSports.com NFL expert picks):
|NFL Week 5 Picks: Jake the Snake vs. Downtown Dave|
|Game and Spread||Jake's Pick||Dave's Pick|
|Bills at Browns (-3.5)|
|Ravens at Dolphins (-3.5)|
|Jaguars at Rams (-11.5)|
|Chiefs (-3.5) at Titans|
|Eagles at Giants (-2.5)|
|Seahawks (-3.5) at Colts|
|Saints at Bears (-0.5)|
|Patriots at Bengals (-1.5)|
|Lions at Packers (-9.5)|
|Panthers (-2.5) at Cardinals|
|Broncos (-7.5) at Cowboys|
|Chargers (-4.5) at Raiders|
|Texans at 49ers (-6.5)|
|Jets at Falcons (-10.5)|
|CURRENT RECORDS (AFTER WEEK 4)||35-28||30-33|
If you want to talk smack about these picks or simply cheer Jake Roberts on, you can follow him on Twitter at JakeSnakeDDT.
And just remember: When Jake "The Snake" Roberts drops somebody... they don't get up.
Denny Burkholder is the producer/editor of CBSSports.com's NFL content. Follow him on Twitter: @DennyBurkholder