Going into last week's NFL games, Jake "The Snake" Roberts had opened up a five-game lead over Dave Richard in their NFL picks contest -- a season-long friendly wager with something at stake for both men.
Week 5 saw the wrestling icon tie with our senior fantasy analyst for the week, with both going 7-7 against the spread. That tie means that Jake maintains his healthy lead entering Week 6.
More than a quarter of the way through the season, Jake Roberts is not only holding his own on Dave's turf, but he's got Dave playing from behind. And unless Dave redeems himself, he'll be forced to visit Diamond Dallas Page's Accountability Crib and get his DDP Yoga initiation.
The smack talk will only get more intense if Dave can't muster a comeback by Week 17.
|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 6 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|
|Giants at Bears (-7.5)|
|Steelers at Jets (-2.5)|
|Lions (-2.5) at Browns|
|Panthers at Vikings (-2.5)|
|Bengals (-7.5) at Bills|
|Eagles (-1.5) at Buccaneers|
|Raiders at Chiefs (-9.5)|
|Packers (-3.5) at Ravens|
|Rams at Texans (-7.5)|
|Jaguars at Broncos (-26.5)|
|Titans at Seahawks (-13.5)|
|Saints at Patriots (-2.5)|
|Cardinals at 49ers (-10.5)|
|Redskins at Cowboys (-5.5)|
|Colts (-1.5) at Chargers|
|CURRENT RECORDS (AFTER WEEK 5)||42-35||37-40|
If you want to talk smack about these picks or simply cheer Jake Roberts on, you can follow him on Twitter at JakeSnakeDDT.
We'll leave you with the following quote from the man himself: "If you plant grass, you grow grass. If you plant rice, you grow rice. I plant fear."
Denny Burkholder is the producer/editor of CBSSports.com's NFL content. Follow him on Twitter: @DennyBurkholder