The playoffs feel like one long preview. Dallas dominates Philadelphia, and wait until next week when they play Minnesota. And then Minnesota dominates Dallas even more than Dallas dominated the Eagles. So wait until next week again.
Indianapolis' easy victory against Baltimore was predictable (a 6 1/2-point favorite, Colts were my Lock of the Week). New Orleans-Arizona wasn't even competitive.
What has saved the playoffs so far is the fantastic Arizona-Green Bay game, and the New York Jets.
The Jets cakewalked into the playoffs when neither the Colts nor Cincinnati even tried to beat them. And then last week they easily beat the Bengals in a game that counted and on Sunday they played with much confidence and poise in their 17-14 upset of San Diego.
I like it when the usual suspects -- New Orleans, Minnesota and Indianapolis -- advance. You beat one of them, and you know you accomplished something. The Saints and the Colts were the league's best teams most of the season.
But I also like underdogs, like it when a team that's not expected to be there shows up. The Jets are this season's gatecrasher. They come with tenacious defense, a cool rookie quarterback, a great rushing attack and a coach who disdains cliches and makes us-against-the-world fun.
Sunday's matchups are intruiging. Maybe this time the games also will be.