Andy Reid: Chiefs to 'mix and match' starters, backups


There are a precious 16 regular-season games on every NFL team's schedule. Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs will end up competing in 15 of them.

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Locked into the AFC's No. 5 seed, Reid said Tuesday that he plans to "mix and match" a combination of starters and reserves in Sunday's season finale in San Diego.

"I'm going to work some guys in," Reid said, via the Kansas City Star's Randy Covitz. "Most of them have already worked in ... I talked to the team, and I will have it figured out by the end of the week exactly how I'm going to work it."

As Marc Sessler pointed out earlier in the week, Reid has a track record of playing his starters for just a series or two when faced with a "meaningless" Week 17 contest.

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This AFC West bout is a linchpin for the conference's final playoff spot. Reid is approaching it as he would a final preseason game.

The NFL has done its best to gerrymander the schedule so teams have more on the line in Week 17. It hasn't found a way to force a coach to compete, even if his team is poised to skid into the playoffs having lost five of its final seven regular-season games.

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