Who'll pirate Super Bowl XXXVII?

When the dust finally settles, it's likely that the Buccaneers will be the new champions of professional football.

Updated: January 20, 2003, 12:42 PM ET
By by Jim Henzler, STATS. Inc.
Last year's Super Bowl truly lived up to its title, when the Patriots defeated the Rams on a last-second field goal. While it would be a bit optimistic to count on a repeat of last season's theatrics, Super Bowl XXXVII figures to be another competitive contest. And when the dust finally settles, it's likely that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be the new champions of professional football.

How can we make such claims? Because our tried and true Super Bowl predictor system says so. For those of you who weren't with us last year around this time, the system compares how the two Super Bowl combatants fared during the regular season in a number of categories, before computing which team wound up with more "category wins." That club then can be expected to take home the NFL's ultimate prize.

We can make that assertion based on Super Bowl history. For instance, the team that allowed fewer total points during the regular season wound up winning 25 of the past 36 Super Bowls. The team that produced more rushing yards during the regular season emerged with 21 Super Bowl triumphs. And so on in 11 total categories: