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Forecasting the Chiefs: Beat writer Pryor sees highlights ahead in the ‘Burgh, Boston

Chiefs coach Andy Reid has made the playoffs more often than not during his run in Kansas City.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid has made the playoffs more often than not during his run in Kansas City. Star file photo

Kansas City Star Chiefs beat writer Brooke Pryor has the Chiefs winning the AFC West at 9-7.

Here’s how she thinks the season will play out.

Sept. 9: at Chargers

L (0-1)

In Patrick Mahomes’ first game as a full-time starter, Chiefs offensive firepower isn’t enough to overcome a shaky performance by an Eric Berry-less secondary.

Sept. 16: at Steelers

W (1-1)

The Chiefs have historically struggled against the Steelers — losing seven of the last nine meetings — but without Le’Veon Bell, the Chiefs escape Pittsburgh with a rare W.

Sept. 23: vs. 49ers

W (2-1)

Jimmy Garoppolo gave teams a headache last year, but with more tape on him now, the Chiefs will open their home slate with a win.

Oct. 1: at Broncos

L (2-2)

Monday night in Mile High will be a tough for this Chiefs secondary, even if Case Keenum isn’t Denver’s quarterback savior.

Oct. 7: vs. Jaguars

L (2-3)

The Jaguars will bring Jalen Ramsey and a top-5 defense into Arrowhead, and even with the Chiefs’ weapons, Jacksonville will wreak havoc on a new starting quarterback.

Oct. 14: at Patriots

W (3-3)

Andy Reid is a wizard when it comes to battling Bill Belichick. He’ll use some sorcery to do it again in Foxborough.

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Oct. 21: vs. Bengals

W (4-3)

It’s not exactly a gimme, but this should be an easy win after an early season gauntlet.

Oct. 28: vs. Broncos

W (5-3)

It’s going to be a shootout, but this time Patrick Mahomes gets the better of the Broncos.

Nov. 4: at Browns

W (6-3)

John Dorsey’s old team is going to bless ‘em on his new team in the not-so-annual Dorsey Bowl.

Nov. 11: vs. Cardinals

L (6-4)

The Chiefs are pretty solid at home, but an upset is a-brewing. With a big trip to Mexico City the next week, KC will get bitten by Sam Bradford — or Josh Rosen. Record: 6-4

Nov. 19: vs. Rams in Mexico City

L (6-5)

Ay caramba. Marcus Peters comes back to haunt his old team in this Mexico City meeting.

BYE

A bye week on Thanksgiving? We all win.

Dec. 2: at Raiders

L (6-6)

Andy Reid’s post-bye-week blues continue. Tryptophan has effects that last longer than a week, right? Record: 6-6

Dec. 9: vs. Ravens

W (7-6)

John Harbaugh’s teams are typically really good against new quarterbacks, but Mahomes is more settled at this point in the season — and the home advantage helps.

Dec. 13: vs. Chargers

W (8-6)

Chiefs avenge the season-opening loss when Phillip Rivers and the Chargers visit Arrowhead. Record 8-6

Dec. 23: at Seahawks

L (8-7)

Sandwiched between two divisional games, the Seahawks and KC square off in a slugfest in Seattle. The Seahawks come away with the win. Record: 8-7

Dec. 30: vs. Raiders

W (9-7)

Chiefs end the season on a high note, beating the Raiders to seal the divisional win. Almost sounds too good to be true. Record 9-7

Regular season: 9-7

Postseason: Win AFC West, lose in first round of playoffs.

Brooke Pryor

Brooke Pryor covers the Kansas City Chiefs and NFL for The Star.

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