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NFL Week 9 picks: Jake 'The Snake' Roberts likes the Bucs, Packers

By Denny Burkholder | CBSSports.com Staff

Another week, another extension of his lead over Dave Richard for Jake Roberts.
Another week, another extension of his lead over Dave Richard for Jake Roberts. (Photo provided)

This is starting to get out of hand.

Not only is Jake "The Snake" Roberts still beating senior fantasy writer Dave Richard in NFL picks against the spread -- and still increasing his lead -- but he's also beating every other NFL writer that makes picks vs. the spread on our website.

That's right. Through the first half of the season, our most accurate NFL expert picker, as far as the spread is concerned, is Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Not Dave Richard, nor Jamey Eisenberg (this week anyway). Not CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora or Pete Prisco.

How about that? Maybe it's not just a catch phrase. Maybe we really should trust "The Snake" after all.

So comfortable in his lead is Jake Roberts that he has branched out from talking trash to Dave on Twitter, and decided to call out Pete Prisco, too.

Easy, Pete. I'm not sure you're ready for that fight. It's looking like Dave Richard might end up doing yoga in an unflattering outfit when this wager plays out. At this rate our entire NFL writing staff may get dragged into DDP Yoga boot camp.

Jake vs. Dave: Tale of the Tape


Stone Mountain, Ga.HometownChicago, Ill.
"The Snake"Nickname"Downtown Dave"
def. Andre the Giant, WrestleMania VBiggest WinOne-time Wheel of Fortune winner
Randy "Macho Man" SavageBiggest RivalWeight 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 9 picks against the spread (the same spreads used in our CBSSports.com NFL expert picks):

NFL Week 9 Picks: Jake the Snake vs. Downtown Dave
Game and SpreadJake's PickDave's Pick
Bengals (-3.5) at Dolphins
Falcons at Panthers (-7.5)
Vikings at Cowboys (-10.5)
Saints (-6.5) at Jets
Titans (-3.5) at Rams
Chiefs (-3.5) at Bills
Chargers (-1.5) at Redskins
Eagles at Raiders (-2.5)
Buccaneers at Seahawks (-16.5)
Ravens (-2.5) at Browns
Steelers at Patriots (-6.5)
Colts (-2.5) at Texans
Bears at Packers (-10.5)

If you want to talk smack about these picks or simply cheer Jake Roberts on, you can follow him on Twitter at JakeSnakeDDT. Also be sure to check out his brand new podcast on YouTube, Snake Radio (warning: explicit language).

Your classic clip of the week shows Jake "The Snake" Roberts kicking off his feud with Andre the Giant, and the moment the world found out that the normally unshakeable Eighth Wonder of the World (according to the storyline, anyway) really, REALLY didn't like snakes.

Denny Burkholder is the producer/editor of CBSSports.com's NFL content. Follow him on Twitter: @DennyBurkholder

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