Kansas City Star reporter Blair Kerkhoff thinks the Chiefs will finally break their home playoff jinx this year.
Here’s his take on the season, game by game.
Sept. 9: at Chargers
Andy Reid is 4-1 in Chiefs openers, 3-0 on the road. He knows how to win these games.
Sept. 16: at Steelers
Andy Reid is 1-4 against the Steelers as the Chiefs’ coach. He knows how to lose these games.
Sept. 23: vs. 49ers
After two difficult roadies, Chiefs are happy to be home.
Oct. 1: at Broncos
Unlike last year’s meeting here, Broncos will have a pulse for this one.
Oct. 7: vs. Jaguars
Jags took a huge step from previous season. Look for them to regress a bit in an improved division.
Oct. 14: at Patriots
As little success as Reid’s teams have had against the Steelers, they play the Patriots well. But another victory in Foxboro is too much to ask.
Oct. 21: vs. Bengals
Chiefs usually find a way to lose a head-shaker at home. This is a candidate.
Oct. 28: vs. Broncos
Last AFC West team to win at Arrowhead was Broncos in 2015. The winning streak in those games goes to nine here.
Nov. 4: at Browns
The John Dorsey Bowl. Is Baker Mayfield starting by now? Patrick Mahomes will be stoked for this one.
Nov. 11: vs. Cardinals
Sam Bradford likes Arrowhead. Last time he played here, 2008 Big 12 title game for Oklahoma against Missouri, he threw for 384 yards.
Nov. 19: vs. Rams in Mexico City
Marcus Peters will get his pick, maybe two, as Chiefs fall in first regular-season visit to Mexico.
Dec. 2: at Raiders
Chiefs motivated by last-second loss in 2017 that ended division winning streak.
Dec. 9: vs. Ravens
Chiefs have finished 6-2 at Arrowhead each of last four years. Make it five.
Dec. 13: vs. Chargers
Thursday night crowd will be best of the season and make a difference.
Dec. 23: at Seahawks
Chiefs head home for Christmas having lost four of six but playoffs are in sight.
Dec. 30: vs. Raiders
Victory in finale gives Chiefs third straight AFC West crown, fourth seed in playoffs and a home game against a wild-card opponent.
Regular season: 9-7
Postseason: Mahomes leads Chiefs past home-playoff jinx but they lose the next week.