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ESPN experts' picks for Super Bowl XXXVIII

1/31/2004

Here are our analyst's picks for Super Bowl XXXVIII:

Eric Allen

Result:
New England, 27-21

Comment:

Tom Brady is going to make the right, sound decisions to help his team win the Super Bowl.

Chris Berman

Result:
New England, 27-16

Comment:

In August I picked them to be here, and I can't overlook the fact they haven't lost since September or trailed since Thanksgiving.

John Clayton

Result:
New England, 20-17

Comment:

It won't come down to a last-minute field goal from the Patriots. They'll already have the lead.

Greg Garber

Result:
New England, 17-14

Comment:

Just look at points allowed and points scored. The Patriots average more points scored, but also give up less than the Panthers.

Mike Golic

Result:

New England, 24-20

Comment:

The Patriots impress me with their team play. Tom Brady is the best "point guard" in the NFL. Their short-passing game works like a running game.

Merril Hoge

Result:
Carolina, 23-20

Comment:

The Panthers will win because of the core of both their offense and defense. Their lines will win the matchups.

Tom Jackson

Result:

Carolina, 20-17


Comment: The key will be running the ball, and Carolina will do it better.

Ron Jaworski

Result:
New England, 20-17


Comment: In big games, it usually comes down to the quarterback who manages the game better, and Brady gets the edge.

Suzy Kolber

Result:
Carolina, 17-14

Comment: Time of possession.

Andrea Kremer

Result:
New England, 19-10

Comment:

Both teams have struggled in the red zone, and no kicker withstands the pressure like Adam Vinatieri.

Kenny Mayne

Result:
Carolina, 27-24

Comment:

The Panthers have mojo.

Chris Mortensen

Result:
Carolina, 23-20

Comment:

Jake Delhomme will make the big play that nobody expects him to make.

Randy Mueller

Result:
New England, 31-13

Comment:

The Patriots defense will take Steve Smith away and with that, Carolina's big-play ability.

Sal Paolantonio

Result:
New England, 23-17

Comment:

The difference in the game will be the Patriots' secondary.

Len Pasquarelli

Result:
New England, 27-17

Comment:

The Patriots' Super Bowl experience wins out.

Dan Patrick

Result:
New England, 27-17

Comment:

I picked the Pats at the beginning of the year and I'm sticking with them.

Sean Salisbury

Result:
New England, 24-21

Comment:

These teams are even, except for Bill Belichick and Adam Vinatieri, the best clutch kicker in the game. This game won't be won until the very end.

Mark Schlereth

Result:
New England, 23-20

Comment:

People are drastically underestimating New England's ability to run the football, and defensively the Pats will be able to force a couple turnovers.

Joe Theismann

Result:
New England, 24-20

Comment:

New England's offense can adapt to whatever Carolina tries to do.


Trey Wingo

Result:
Carolina, 20-17

Comment:

Every time I picked against them this year, they proved me wrong so I'm believing in Carolina and Jake Delhomme.

Steve Young

Result:
New England, 27-17

Comment:

Unlike some Super Bowl participants, I expect both teams to play great football.