How Do You Watch Football?

ORCHARD PARK NY - DECEMBER 26: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills readies to pass against the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 26 2010 in Orchard Park New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

In putting together our Buffalo Bills re-watch (which will wrap up our game reviews on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, by the way), I have come to a realization about my tendencies while watching the game: I am an offense-oriented viewer.

It doesn't matter if the Bills have the ball, or if the opponent has possession of it. It doesn't matter if the score is lopsided or excruciatingly even. When I watch football, I get maximum enjoyment out of the experience focusing almost exclusively on the offensive side of the ball.

It's not as if I dislike defense. I can certainly get through and enjoy a good defensive battle. I am more comfortable explaining the X's and O's of the game from the offensive side of the ball, however; the personnel packages are simpler, the reads are a bit more reactionary, and in general, I just have a much better understanding of football's chess match approaching it from the offense.

This all got me to thinking, though: we know Bills fans watch football obsessively, but how do you do it? Do you focus on a specific side of the ball, like I do? Or are you player-oriented? Do you watch the lines, or do you watch the skill players? Are you just trying to take in everything at once? Let us know - it's an interesting way to find out who's paying attention to what during live football action.

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