Three weeks left in the 2013 NFL regular season. Three more weeks of Jake "The Snake" Roberts dominating senior fantasy writer Dave Richard in picks against the spread? We'll have to wait and see.
Week 14 marked the fourth consecutive week in which Dave kept the wrestling legend from increasing his lead, but unlike the previous three weeks, Dave didn't gain any ground this time. Both men went 10-6 on the week, which means Jake Roberts maintains a 6-game lead on Dave.
But there are three more weeks -- 48 games total -- in which Dave can complete a monumental comeback, if he's got it in him to do so. Otherwise, it's short-arm clothesline, DDT, 1-2-3 time for our resident fantasy football expert. And it's another win on a long list of accomplishments for Jake, as he sharpens his skills at NFL analysis and prognostication.
Heard Gronk hurt bad. Hope is OK but that makes the AFC clearer. Broncos heavy AFC favorite— JakeSnakeDDT (@JakeSnakeDDT) December 8, 2013
By now, you probably know what's on the line. But here's a reminder for anyone new to this friendly, yet spirited, competition.
|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 15 picks against the spread (the same spreads used in our CBSSports.com NFL expert picks):
|NFL Week 15 Picks: Jake the Snake vs. Downtown Dave|
|Game and Spread||Jake's Pick||Dave's Pick|
|Chargers at Broncos (-10.5)|
|Redskins at Falcons (-7.5)|
|49ers (-5.5) at Buccaneers|
|Seahawks (-7.5) at Giants|
|Eagles (-4.5) at Vikings|
|Patriots (-2.5) at Dolphins|
|Bills (-2.5) at Jaguars|
|Texans at Colts (-5.5)|
|Bears at Browns (-0.5)|
|Chiefs (-4.5) at Raiders|
|Jets at Panthers (-11.5)|
|Packers at Cowboys (-7.5)|
|Cardinals (-3.5) at Titans|
|Saints (-5.5) at Rams|
|Bengals (-3.5) at Steelers|
|Ravens at Lions (-6.5)|
|CURRENT RECORDS (AFTER WEEK 14)||105-103||99-109|
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 podcast on YouTube, Snake Radio (warning: explicit language).
This week's old school clip: Jake "The Snake" Roberts faces one of the best to ever lace a pair of wrestling boots, "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig.
Denny Burkholder is the producer/editor of CBSSports.com's NFL content. Follow him on Twitter: @DennyBurkholder