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Chiefs beat writer Lynn Worthy has Andy Reid & Co. making the NFL playoffs. Here’s how

Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman gives his surprised look to fans before the preseason finale against the Green Bay Packers.
Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman gives his surprised look to fans before the preseason finale against the Green Bay Packers. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat writer Lynn Worthy has the Chiefs finishing 9-7 and losing their first playoff game.

Here’s how he thinks it will play out.

Sept. 9: at Chargers

L (0-1)

With a new quarterback and a lot of new faces on defense, this game will be a starting point in their progression.

Sept. 16: at Steelers

L (0-2)

One of the toughest teams in the AFC on the road figures to be a tall task, especially if Le’veon Bell returns.

Sept. 23: vs. 49ers

W (1-2)

The Chiefs stifle Jimmy Garoppolo and put up enough points to take their home opener.

Oct. 1: at Broncos

W (2-2)

Denver’s offensive struggles won’t be solved by Case Keenum, and the Chiefs weapons will keep the pressure on the Denver defense.

Oct. 7: vs. Jaguars

L (2-3)

Jacksonville makes it a grind-it-out game and gets the crucial stop or two necessary to come away with a win.

Oct. 14: at Patriots

L (2-4)

The Patriots will find a way to disrupt first-year starter Patrick Mahomes on the road and Tom Brady will make enough plays to secure the win and avenge last year’s season-opening loss.

Oct. 21: vs. Bengals

W (3-4)

The Chiefs defense will make Cincy one-dimensional and take advantage of Andy Dalton miscues to earn the win.

Oct. 28: vs. Broncos

W (4-4)

Broncos won’t have the all-around talent needed to match-up with the Chiefs and get the win at Arrowhead.

Nov. 4: at Browns

W (5-4)

The Browns will eventually make strides, but they’re still taking baby steps for now in their attempted turnaround.

Nov. 11: vs. Cardinals

W (6-4)

Andy Reid and his staff scheme their way to a win at home over Arizona and its first-year coach.

Nov. 19: vs. Rams in Mexico City

L (6-5)

The Rams’ offense proved very potent last year, and their defensive personnel was upgraded significantly in the offseason with the likes of Marcus Peters.

Dec. 2: at Raiders

W (7-5)

The Jon Gruden era will get off to a slow start, particularly after shipping one of the league’s top defensive talents in Khalil Mack out of town.

Dec. 9: vs. Ravens

L (7-6)

The looks like one of those games where Baltimore does just enough, likely making a play or two on special teams or getting a key turnover to control the outcome.

Dec. 13: vs. Chargers

W (8-6)

The Chiefs, having had more time to develop chemistry, flip the script on the Chargers in Kansas City.

Dec. 23: at Seahawks

L (8-7)

The experience and dual-threat ability of Russell Wilson combined with the remnants of the once-daunting defense get the job done at home against a Chiefs squad traveling right before the holidays.

Dec. 30: vs. Raiders

W (9-7)

The Raiders lose steam after a long transitional season under the new coaching staff.

Regular season: 9-7

Postseason: First-round loss.

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