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Bill Belichick, Patriots not taking Chiefs lightly

Offensive coordinaor Josh McDaniels (left), head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady confer on the sidelines.Jim Davis/Globe Staff/Boston Globe

FOXBOROUGH — Bill Belichick and the Patriots hardly expect the Kansas City Chiefs to gift-wrap a victory on Monday night.

Belichick isn't counting on the Chiefs to cough up a turnover in crunch time.

The game likely won't end like it did last week, with the Oakland Raiders turned the ball over as they threatened to tie the score in the final minute of the Patriots' 16-9 win.

The Patriots coach isn't surprised at how Kansas City coach Andy Reid has been able to turn the Chiefs around since he took over last season after 14 years in Philadelphia.

Reid led the Chiefs to an 11-5 record and a wild card berth last season — a year after the Chiefs finished 2-14 in 2012.


"I'm not surprised, Andy is really a good coach," Belichick said Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

"He does a great job preparing his team. I thought he always did that in Philadelphia. They do a good job, they're well coached, they have good fundamentals, they make you beat them. They usually don't go out there and just give the game away. You're not going to get that from them, rarely. You have to go out there and play a really good football game."

The Chiefs' 2013 season came to an abrupt end when they surrendered a 21-point halftime lead against the Colts and lost 45-44 in the AFC Wild Card game.

On Saturday, Belichick lauded Reid's ability to manage the Chiefs' personnel and create a competitive environment to bring out the best in his team.

"They had a lot of turnover last year, and even after their good season last year, they've got 21 new players," Belichick said. "That's almost half their team that's turned over again. He's not afraid to make changes to improve the team. They have a lot of free agents or undrafted guys, or guys make their team that have been cut from other teams, that sort of thing. I think Andy does a good job of creating competition within the team and letting the competition play out, and the best players play, and I think that's a healthy environment.


"It creates a team that's competitive, that's able to play through adversity, because they don't play with the expectation anything is going to be given to them."