Syndication: Democrat and Chronicle

The Patriots may be scouting their upcoming opponent in the Colts in a rather unique way. Indianapolis is the subject of HBO's in-season spinoff of "Hard Knocks," which takes a look at the inner operations of the team every week. Given that New England is set to travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to face the Colts on Saturday, it appears at least someone in the organization will be tuning in to see if there's anything that can give them an edge. 

"We have people in our organization that scout the games in advance of when we play the teams," Bill Belichick said Monday when asked if his staff watches ''Hard Knocks'' to study opponents. "Starting two or three weeks before we play, they start to really track those teams and see how injuries have affected, if they have shifted their style of play, or whatever's happened with the team. 

"We track almost everything those teams, any team that we play does. Depending on the relevance or importance of that information, at some point, it gets relayed down the line. Yeah. We have somebody that studies each team, whether it's any relevant comments or information that we think we think is relevant to the preparation for the team. That could be shared. Sure."

The Patriots are riding a seven-game winning streak into this matchup with the Colts and are currently situated as the No. 1 seed in the conference. Getting a win would not only help them maintain their playoff position and extend the streak, but it would also add to their strong conference record, which could play a large role in tiebreaker scenarios at the end of the year. 

Meanwhile, the Patriots have never been featured on the training camp edition show and that seems to be perfectly fine with Belichick. When asked if he would be careful about what he shared with his team on the show, the head coach said: "There are a lot of reasons why I wouldn't be excited about it."