NFL Week 3 picks: Jake 'The Snake' Roberts loses momentum

Jake the Snake Roberts fell back to earth in Week 2, with Dave Richard tying the score.
Jake "The Snake" Roberts fell back to earth in Week 2, with Dave Richard tying the score. (Photo provided)

We're all tied up, folks.

After a stunning debut in Week 1 that saw him beat senior fantasy writer Dave Richard along with all other NFL expert pickers vs. the spread, wrestling icon Jake "The Snake" Roberts suffered a defeat in Week 2. Dave and Jake are once again tied in their season-long competition.

There's still a lot of regular-season football left to play, so it's anyone's guess who'll win this friendly wager. Maybe Jake Roberts and Diamond Dallas Page will get to put Dave through an exhaustive session of DDP YOGA after all.

Or, maybe for one day, Jake "The Snake" Roberts will have to join our staff at, and check out an office far different from the squared circle.

Either outcome is possible at this point. But this much remains true: It's one fall to a finish.

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 is at risk for Jake and Dave 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.

We'll find out who prevails after Week 17. In the meantime, here are Jake's Week 3 picks against the spread (the same spreads used in our NFL expert picks):

NFL Week 3 Picks: Jake the Snake vs. Downtown Dave
Game and Spread Jake's Pick Dave's Pick

Chiefs at Eagles (-3.5)

Giants at Panthers (-1.5)

Texans (-2.5) at Ravens

Rams at Cowboys (-4.5)
Packers (-1.5) at Bengals
Cardinals at Saints (-7.5)
Chargers at Titans (-3.5)
Buccaneers at Patriots (-7.5)
Browns at Vikings (-4.5)
Lions at Redskins (-1.5)
Falcons at Dolphins (-1.5)
Bills at Jets (-2.5)
Colts at 49ers (-10.5)
Jaguars at Seahawks (-19.5)
Bears (-2.5) at Steelers
Raiders at Broncos (-14.5)

If you want to talk smack about these picks or simply cheer Jake Roberts on, you can follow him on Twitter at JakeSnakeDDT.

Let's see if Jake or Dave can take over the lead and hold onto it beyond Week 3.

While we await Week 3 NFL action, let's give Dave a round of applause for a solid one-week turnaround, squashing "The Snake" like Earthquake did to Damien some 20-plus years ago.

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

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Denny Burkholder has been a writer, editor and producer for CBS Sports dating back to 1999. He has covered everything from the NFL to the UFC during his tenure, with a specialty in all things WWE and pro... Full Bio

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