Bedard: With an improved and multiple secondary, Chiefs feel they’re ready for Patriots this time

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has never been one to mince words, or to lack in confidence. So his answer, when asked if Kansas City had unfinished business in New England — a team the Chiefs lost to twice in the span of three months last season, including a home AFC Championship Game, was no surprise.

"Unfinished business? I think we have a lot of business going up there and coming away with a win," he said on Sunday after beating the Raiders 40-9.

Does Kelce like his chances this time around, with this group of Chiefs?

"I’ll take this group against anyone in the league," he said.

While much of this was Kelce being Kelce, a lot of things have changed for the Chiefs this time around, mostly on the defensive side of the ball. Bob Sutton is out as defensive coordinator, and former Patriots Perfect Season killer Steve Spagnuolo, a Grafton native, is in.

And the personnel in the secondary has largely been turned over as well. And it's hard to dispute they're more talented, and more effective.