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Web Exclusive Video: Cheyenne high school football coaches, Wyoming News Now dogs make their picks ahead of Sunday’s game

Published: Feb. 6, 2021 at 4:10 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Tomorrow is the big one, the finale of the 2020-2021 NFL season takes place at 4:30 PM Mountain Time in Tampa, Florida.

Attached is a web exclusive video of Nick Kuzma previewing the game!

The AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs and NFC Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will battle it out to raise the Lombardi Trophy as NFL Champions.

Let’s talk about both teams, starting with Kansas City.

Chiefs Fun Facts:

-The team was founded in 1960.

-The Chiefs were a part of the AFL until the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

-Kansas City has won the big game two times, including in 1969 and 2019 (last season).

The 2020-2021 Chiefs:

-Regular season record: (14-2)

-Head Coach: Andy Reid

-Path to the championship: Wild Card Round: bye (as #1 seed), Divisional Round: W 22-17 vs Cleveland, AFC Championship: W 38-24 vs Bills

-They are loaded offensively, with some of the fastest skill players in football.

-Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, along with WR Tyreek Hill, TE Travis Kelce, and the rest of the Chiefs offense has scored 111 points than have been scored on them this season (6th best margin in the NFL).

-Looking to be the first team to win back-to-back NFL championships since the 2003-2004, 2004-2005 New England Patriots (16 seasons ago).

-The Patriots beat Andy Reid’s Philadelphia Eagles in the 2005 championship game.

Cheyenne football coaches’ responses when asked about what the Chiefs need to do to go back-to-back:

Cheyenne East HC Chad Goff: “I think it’s like any other football game, the keys to the game are truly always the same: don’t turn the ball over, more three and outs defensively.”

Cheyenne Central HC Mike Apodaca: “Be explosive early. I think it’s important to probably get Brady behind a little bit. I don’t know that they’re as explosive, the Bucs offense, as Kansas City’s has been at least from what I’ve followed. I think if Kansas City can go up big, I think it probably plays to their favor.”

Cheyenne South HC Dan Gallas: “It’s a defensive thing, even though the score is going to be high compared to some I think. But, somehow they’re going to have to slow down [Tom] Brady and [Rob Gronkowski] and the rest of his weapons.”

We now move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bucs Fun Facts

-Founded in 1976, same year as the Seattle Seahawks.

-Tampa is one of the youngest teams in the league. Only four teams have been in existence for a shorter period of time (Panthers, Jaguars, Ravens, Texans).

-Second championship game appearance.

-Won the 2002 NFL championship.

The 2020-2021 Buccaneers

-Regular Season record: (11-5)

-Path to the championship: Wild Card Round: W 31-23 @ Washington, Divisional Round: W 30-20 @ New Orleans, NFC Championship: W 31-26 @ Green Bay

Head Coach: Bruce Arians

-Talented offensively with QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski, WRs Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and Mike Evans. Stout defense that finished 4th in sacks.

- First team to play at home in the big game’s 55 year history.

Cheyenne football coaches’ responses about the Buccaneers most obvious path to victory - trying to contain the KC offense:

Cheyenne East HC Chad Goff: “I don’t know how you defend Tom Brady, I don’t know how you defend Patrick Mahomes. I think they’re both amazing at what they do. Their field awareness...they’re generals on the field and they’ve earned so much respect from their teammates that they do whatever they’re told to do by those guys. And so it’s fitting that two guys like that are in this game against each other.”

Cheyenne Central HC Mike Apodaca: “Stop [Tyreek] Hill and [Travis] Kelce, honestly. Those are two explosive players. So somehow they got to get a handle defensively on containing those two guys I believe.”

Cheyenne South HC Dan Gallas: “I think like any team that’s vying for a championship, they’re going to have to play very good defense. They’re going to have great red zone defense. They’re going to have to stymie [Tyreek] Hill and then do their best with the tight end [Travis Kelce]. They’re just going to have to minimize the big plays because it would seem that Kansas City has the ability to make big plays in succession, not just once in awhile.”

Below is each coaches’ score prediction and MVP picks for Sunday’s game:

Cheyenne East HC Chad Goff: Tampa Bay 28-24

If TB wins, MVP = Tom Brady

If KC wins, MVP = Patrick Mahomes

Cheyenne Central HC Mike Apodaca: Kansas City 35-24

If TB wins, MVP = Shaq Barrett

If KC wins, MVP = Patrick Mahomes

Cheyenne South HC Dan Gallas: Kansas City 37-34

If TB wins, MVP = Tom Brady

If KC wins, MVP = Patrick Mahomes

Wyoming News Now Sports Anchor Nick Kuzma’s Pick: Kansas City 31-26

If TB wins, MVP = Tom Brady

If KC wins, MVP = Patrick Mahomes

Thank you to Chad Goff, Mike Apodaca, and Dan Gallas for taking time out of their busy schedules to participate in this story.

DOG PICKS

On Friday, Wyoming News Now aired its first ever Super (Dog) Bowl.

Nine dogs of KGWN and KCWY participated and put their football knowledge (noses) to the test.

If you missed it, the video is attached.

Here are the picks:

Leila (best friend of KCWY reporter Bobbee Russell): Kansas City Chiefs

Rodan (best friend of Wyoming News Now Anchor Aaron Brown): Kansas City Chiefs

Titan (best friend of Wyoming News Now Anchor Aaron Brown): Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Scampers (best friend of Wyoming News Now Sports Anchor Nick Kuzma): Kansas City Chiefs

Bailey (best friend of KGWN Account Executive Angela Costopoulos): Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bandit (best friend of Wyoming News Now Meteorologist Savannah Tennyson): Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brooklyn (best friend of Wyoming News Now Newscast Director Jason Wilhelms): Kansas City Chiefs

Evie (best friend of KCWY Chief Engineer Mark Hildebrand): Kansas City Chiefs

Lulu Jean (best friend of KCWY reporter David Graf): Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Remember the big game kicks off tomorrow evening at 4:30 p.m. on CBS.

Tune in to Wyoming News Now after the game for a recap of the action and to see if our coaches’ and dog’s predictions were accurate!

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