NFL Week 17 picks: Jake 'The Snake' Roberts picks Atlanta to cover

Lock it up: Jake Roberts has this picks contest virtually won.
Lock it up: Jake Roberts has this picks contest virtually won. (Photo provided)

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 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 NFL expert picks):

NFL Week 17 Picks: Jake the Snake vs. Downtown Dave
Game and Spread Jake's Pick Dave's Pick
Carolina Panthers (-6.5) at Atlanta Falcons
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (-3.5)
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (-7.5)
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7.5)
Washington Redskins at New York Giants (-3.5)
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5)
Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5) at Dallas Cowboys
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts (-11.5)
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (-6.5)
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings (-3.5)
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (-9.5)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-12.5)
Denver Broncos (-12.5) at Oakland Raiders
San Francisco 49ers (-1.5) at Arizona Cardinals
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers (-9.5)
St. Louis Rams at Seattle 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's NFL content. Follow him on Twitter: @DennyBurkholder

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