Normally, Bill Belichick takes a flamethrower to the notion he'd gain anything from watching an NFL game on regular TV.
Can't see the secondary, can't see the line play, can't see multiple angles, not as good as the coaches film.
But when asked during a Sunday conference call if he'd watch Bills-Seahawks on Monday night, Belichick was down.
"This is kind of a unique situation," he explained. "We’re pretty far ahead on Seattle. We’ve had a chance to work on them all week. We’ve done all their games up through the Saints game, so there’s no more to do, and there won’t be any more to do until Monday night. I think Monday night will be a good opportunity to kind of take a look at the game against Buffalo with a little bit of a blank slate.
"Buffalo is a team that we know well from just having played against them (a 41-25 Patriots win) and being a division team, so I think when we see what Seattle is doing, we’ll be able to figure out why they’re doing what they’re doing against Buffalo, what they perceive as an area to attack or what type of game plan to utilize," Belichick added. "I think it will be interesting to watch it in reverse – to watch Buffalo, a team that we know well, attack Seattle. We’re a different team than Buffalo, but still, there are certain things that carry over so we’ll be able to watch how they attack Seattle and kind of do it on a timely basis as opposed to going back and looking at it after the fact."
Seattle goes into Monday night with a 4-2-1 record having lost in New Orleans and tied at Arizona the past two weeks. Now they'll host Buffalo and have to go to New England on a short week. Tough stretch.
"We’ll sort of watch it unfold and picture plays or situations, plays and calls that we’ve talked about making in certain situations, and then when those situations come up, see how it would hypothetically match up against Seattle," said Belichick. "This is a little bit of a different chance to do it. As I said, I think that makes it a little bit interesting, so yes, we’ll watch the game."