FOXBORO -- Though the Patriots have known for a week that they're in the playoffs, seeding is still very much up in the air. Just one spot -- Kansas City at No. 5 -- is locked up heading into Week 17.
More information will become available as Sunday's eight 1 p.m. games are played, and New England could try to fit some puzzle pieces together since its own game against Buffalo was flexed to 4:25 p.m.
But Bill Belichick isn't interested.
"No, I’m not planning on it," he said Friday. "There’s nothing we can do about any of those games. Whatever they are, they are. We just have to concentrate on what we’re doing."
As for what his players are privy to: "They know that if we win, we’re into the second round of the playoffs. If we don’t win, we’re most likely playing in the first round of the playoffs and that’s really all there is to know.
"Who, what, when – none of that, who knows? You have to be a mathematician and have great, great vision to figure that out. We know what we can control. If we can win, we can get into the second round of the playoffs. We know that. I think right now that’s probably all we care about."
The Patriots aren't just chasing down a possible first-round bye. If they beat Buffalo and the Raiders beat Denver (another 4:25 p.m. game), New England will take over the AFC's No. 1 overall seed. That would mean home field advantage for the playoff push.
"Again, I’m not even thinking about that," Belichick insisted. "It’s not even on my radar."
One reason why the coach isn't concerned with all the various scenarios? There are ugly ramifications if his team doesn't take care of business against the Bills. A loss to Buffalo, combined with a win by either the Begals or Colts, could drop the Patriots to the No. 3 seed. A loss could also send the Patriots plummeting to No. 4 if the Bengals and Colts both win.
"We need to do it for us," he concluded. "We’re not really worried about what anybody else is doing."