NFL experts are overwhelmingly picking the Patriots to win the Super Bowl

  • The New England Patriots are slight favorites over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53.
  • Experts feel that way, too, as 71 of 112 experts we surveyed picked the Patriots.
  • The Rams still have some backers, as 41 picked the Rams to win the big game.
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Super Bowl 53 will pit the enduring New England Patriots against the upstart Los Angeles Rams.

The game features plenty of exciting matchups: Tom Brady and Jared Goff, Aaron Donald vs. Brady, Bill Belichick vs. Sean McVay, to name a few.

Both teams are talented and well-coached, and it should be a close game.

We surveyed NFL writers from several big outlets to get an idea of who they are predicting to win the Super Bowl.

It may not come as a shock, but the Patriots are favored.

  • ESPN45 picked the Patriots, 27 picked the Rams
  • Sports Illustrated10 picked the Patriots, 4 picked the Rams
  • NFL.com: 11 picked the Patriots, 9 picked the Rams
  • USA Today: 5 picked the Patriots, 1 picked the Rams

Total, that's 71 for the Patriots, 41 for the Rams.

Look back at the last Super Bowl between the Rams and Patriots: 

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 3: Patriots' Tom Brady throws a touchdown pass in the second quarter. New England Patriots face the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, LA on Feb. 3, 2002. (Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
New England Patriots' Bobby Hamilton (91) sacks St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner (13) near the end of the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick watches from the sideline during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta )
St. Louis Rams' quarterback Kurt Warner lies on the turf after being sacked by the New England Patriots during the second half 03 February, 2002 of Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Patriots won 20-17. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo by JEFF HAYNES / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
New England Patriots' J.R. Redmond (21) pulls down a pass from Tom Brady (12) during the final drive against the St. Louis Rams during Super Bowl XXXVI, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. The completion helped set up the winning 48-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri with no time left. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk (28) fends of New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law (24) during first-quarter play of Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
New England Patriots' cornerback Terrell Buckley (27) scoops up a St. Louis Rams fumble in front of Patriots' Lawyer Milloy (36) and Tebucky Jones (34) in Super Bowl XXXVI Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law (24) intercepts a pass from St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner as intended receiver Isaac Bruce (80) looks on during Super Bowl XXXVI, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. Law returned the interception for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law (24) celebrates his interception of a St. Louis Rams' Kurt Warner pass for a touchdown in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI with teammate Lawyer Milloy (36) at the Louisiana Superdome Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
New England Patriots' kicker Adam Vinatieri kicks his game-winning field goal in the final seconds to beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Superdome in New Orleans.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri (L) jumps for joy after kicking the game wining field goal 03 Super Bowl XXXVI 03 February, 2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams 20-17 for the NFL championship. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo by Timothy A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the New England Patriots celebrate Adam Vinatieri's game winning field goal late in the second half 03 February, 2002 of Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Patriots defeated the Rams 20-17 for the NFL championship. AFP PHOTO/Peter MUHLY (Photo by PETER MUHLY / AFP) (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)
St. Louis Rams' Ernie Conwell sits dejectedly in the confetti shower after the Rams lost Super Bowl XXXVI to the New England Patriots 20-17 Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
NEW ORLEANS, UNITED STATES: New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady celebrates with head coach Bill Belichick (R) after their win over the St. Louis Rams 03 February, 2002 in Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Patriots defeated the Rams 20-17 for the NFL championship. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, celebrates on the stand as Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, makes his way across the stand after the Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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