Jake "The Snake" Roberts continues to grow his lead over senior fantasy writer Dave Richard in their friendly NFL picks wager. Entering Week 8, Roberts holds a seven-game advantage in picks vs. the spread.
That's a one-game increase from last week. Interestingly, there were just five games in Week 7 where Jake's and Dave's picks differed. Dave won two of those, and Jake won three. In all five cases, the person that picked the favorite won.
So maybe there's some overthinking going on, when it comes to making these picks based on the spread. Or maybe Jake "The Snake" Roberts is just a bit better at this than anyone realized. Either way, Dave's got a lot of ground to make up before Week 17.
@JakeSnakeDDT you did. I'm not giving up though. Only thing I've ever quit was golfing.— Dave Richard (@daverichard) October 21, 2013
Week 8 features yet another massive spread for the Jaguars, who are huge underdogs in London against the 49ers. The Broncos are also major favorites at home against the Redskins. Both spreads are based on solid logic. But will the temptation to pick the underdog continue to hinder both men?
|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 7 picks against the spread (the same spreads used in our CBSSports.com NFL expert picks):
|NFL Week 8 Picks: Jake the Snake vs. Downtown Dave|
|Game and Spread||Jake's Pick||Dave's Pick|
|Carolina Panthers (-6.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|San Francisco 49ers (-16.5) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars in London|
|Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (-7.5)|
|Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-6.5)|
|Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints (-10.5)|
|Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions (-3.5)|
|New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-5.5)|
|New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5)|
|Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5) at Oakland Raiders|
|Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals (-2.5)|
|Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos (-12.5)|
|Green Bay Packers (-8.5) at Minnesota Vikings|
|Seattle Seahawks (-10.5) at St. Louis Rams|
|CURRENT RECORDS (AFTER WEEK 7)||57-50||50-57|
If you want to talk smack about these picks or simply cheer Jake Roberts on, you can follow him on Twitter at JakeSnakeDDT.
It's starting to look like Dave dug his own ditch when he accepted Jake "The Snake's" NFL picks challenge.
In my opinion, that's as good a reason as any to revisit this classic clip of Jake helping the Ultimate Warrior bury himself in a graveyard.
Denny Burkholder is the producer/editor of CBSSports.com's NFL content. Follow him on Twitter: @DennyBurkholder