NFL Week 5 picks: Jake 'The Snake' Roberts likes Seahawks, Pats

Jake The Snake Roberts took a healthy lead over Dave Richard in Week 4.
Jake "The Snake" Roberts took a healthy lead over Dave Richard in Week 4. (Photo provided)

If the friendly NFL picks wager between wrestling legend Jake "The Snake" Roberts and senior fantasy writer Dave Richard is destined to end with a DDT, this week may have been the short-arm clothesline to set up the big win for Roberts.

With an impressive 11-4 performance against the spread last week, "The Snake" took a commanding lead over Dave, who could only muster a 6-9 record for NFL Week 4. Jake's big win ended a two-week tie. Prior to that, Jake took a lead in Week 1, also.

So if you're keeping score at home: Our NFL analyst has yet to lead our wrestling legend in NFL picks this season. Jake "The Snake" Roberts has slithered onto Dave's turf and, so far, he's showing him up.

At this rate, Dave will be trying on his first (as far as we know) pair of yoga pants in early 2014 and getting the drill sergeant treatment from Diamond Dallas Page at the Accountability Crib.

But there's still a lot of football left. If Dave turns this thing around, Jake Roberts might find himself helping out around the office for a day.

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.

We'll find out who prevails after Week 17. In the meantime, here are Jake's Week 5 picks against the spread (the same spreads used in our NFL expert picks):

NFL Week 5 Picks: Jake the Snake vs. Downtown Dave
Game and Spread Jake's Pick Dave's Pick
Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns (-3.5)
Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins (-3.5)
Jacksonville Jaguars at St. Louis Rams (-11.5)
Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5) at Tennessee Titans
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (-2.5)
Seattle Seahawks (-3.5) at Indianapolis Colts
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears (-0.5)
New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals (-1.5)
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-9.5)
Carolina Panthers (-2.5) at Arizona Cardinals
Denver Broncos (-7.5) at Dallas Cowboys
San Diego Chargers (-4.5) at Oakland Raiders
Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers (-6.5)
New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons (-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.

And just remember: When Jake "The Snake" Roberts drops somebody... they don't get up.

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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