ESPN experts' picks for Super Bowl XXXVIII

Panthers? Patriots? Our NFL analysts tell you who's going to win Super Bowl XXXVIII and why.

Updated: January 31, 2004, 3:03 PM ET

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

Eric Allen

Eric Allen
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

Chris Berman
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
John Clayton
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
Greg Garber
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
Mike Golic
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
Merril Hoge
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
Tom Jackson
Jackson
Result:
Carolina, 20-17

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




Ron Jaworski
Ron Jaworski
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
Suzy Kolber
Kolber
Result:
Carolina, 17-14
Comment: Time of possession.






Andrea Kremer
Andrea Kremer
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
Kenny Mayne
Mayne
Result:
Carolina, 27-24
Comment:
The Panthers have mojo.



Chris Mortensen
Chris Mortensen
Mortensen
Result:
Carolina, 23-20
Comment:
Jake Delhomme will make the big play that nobody expects him to make.



Randy Mueller
Randy Mueller
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
Sal Paolantonio
Paolantonio
Result:
New England, 23-17
Comment:
The difference in the game will be the Patriots' secondary.



Len Pasquarelli
Len Pasquarelli
Pasquarelli
Result:
New England, 27-17
Comment:
The Patriots' Super Bowl experience wins out.



Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick
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
Sean Salisbury
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
Mark Schlereth
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
Joe Theismann
Theismann
Result:
New England, 24-20
Comment:
New England's offense can adapt to whatever Carolina tries to do.



Trey Wingo
Trey Wingo
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
Steve Young
Young
Result:
New England, 27-17
Comment:
Unlike some Super Bowl participants, I expect both teams to play great football.



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