How the Chiefs can reach the playoffs

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Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters (22) cannot make an interception over Houston Texans wide receiver Keith Mumphery (12) during the game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

For the Kansas City Chiefs, the second half of the season begins after a BYE week with a trip to Denver to face off against their division rivals, the Broncos.

The Chiefs plodded through the first half of the season, scoring only 10 offensive touchdowns in the first six games but allowing 18 offensive touchdowns. This trend gave the Chiefs a 1-5 record and had virtually every analyst writing off their season and had fans scouting a number one draft pick. With some resilience, Kansas City managed to end the first half of the season on a positive note by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers at home and the Detroit Lions in London.

Both games gave hope to a disgruntled fan base and life to a playoff hunt that was thought to be long dead.

The Chiefs have a legitimate shot to make it to the playoffs this season with a softer second-half schedule that includes five division games and three more games against teams with losing records. Let’s take a look at the remaining schedule week-by-week to find out what needs to happen in order for the Chiefs to make the playoffs this year.

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