It's in the bag for wrestling legend Jake "The Snake" Roberts, and we're not talking about Damien.
Despite a late comeback attempt, it's looking like a foregone conclusion that Jake will run away with the victory in his season-long contest with senior fantasy writer Dave Richard picking NFL games against the spread. We still have Week 17 left to play -- picks are below -- but unless Dave can overcome a 13-game deficit, Jake will win.
In other words, it's DDP Yoga time for Dave. (Go easy on our boy, DDP. He's good people.)
Props to both guys for participating in this contest each week, because even though it was all in fun, it was not without risk. Jake came in knowing his picks would be held up against those of an established NFL writer every week. Dave entered this knowing that losing to a pro wrestler in an NFL picks contest wouldn't go over very well with some readers. We've reinforced all season that this was just for fun -- and it was -- but in reality, both guys were risking a little pride. Thanks to Jake and Dave for participating, and thanks to you all for joining us.
Maybe next year, we'll invite Hacksaw Jim Duggan to take Pete Prisco down a peg or two.
|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.
Here are Jake's Week 17 picks against the spread (the same spreads used in our CBSSports.com NFL expert picks):
|NFL Week 17 Picks: Jake the Snake vs. Downtown Dave|
|Game and Spread||Jake's Pick||Dave's Pick|
|Panthers (-6.5) at Falcons|
|Packers at Bears (-3.5)|
|Texans at Titans (-7.5)|
|Browns at Steelers (-7.5)|
|Redskins at Giants (-3.5)|
|Ravens at Bengals (-6.5)|
|Eagles (-6.5) at Cowboys|
|Jaguars at Colts (-11.5)|
|Jets at Dolphins (-6.5)|
|Lions at Vikings (-3.5)|
|Bills at Patriots (-9.5)|
|Buccaneers at Saints (-12.5)|
|Broncos (-12.5) at Raiders|
|49ers (-1.5) at Cardinals|
|Chiefs at Chargers (-9.5)|
|Rams at Seahawks (-10.5)|
|CURRENT RECORDS (AFTER WEEK 16)||123-117||110-130|
As always, you can follow Jake "The Snake" Roberts on Twitter at JakeSnakeDDT.
We'll leave you with Jake taking care of a jobber named "Mike Kelly" on a 1986 Superstars of Wrestling episode. "Mike Kelly" would be better known years later as Shane Douglas.
Denny Burkholder is the producer/editor of CBSSports.com's NFL content. Follow him on Twitter: @DennyBurkholder