For the last decade or so, Michael Salfino and Scott Pianowski have been putting together an email exchange centered around (but not limited to) the NFL. You might enjoy listening to them haggle. You might prefer a swift kick into the stomach. The Table isn’t for everyone; we hope some of you enjoy it. From: scott pianowski Date: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 11:57 AM Subject: divisional breakfast To: Michael Salfino There aren’t many letdown weeks in the NFL season, but the Wild Card round would qualify. The first three games were boring and sloppy, and the fourth game became one big morality play. I have no intention of looking back. I have nothing new to add on these topics: Andy Dalton, Purgatory QB; Adrian Peterson, Faux MVP; Indianapolis Colts, narrative over numbers. As for Robert Griffin, all I can say is “heal quickly, kid.” We miss you already. If you’ve got a post-script to those topics, it’s welcome. Otherwise, let’s go full speed ahead to the second round. The Broncos and Patriots are both heavy favorites over teams they manhandled in the regular season, but rematches can be a tricky thing in the playoffs (yes, I remember the events of 1/16/11 ). Who’s got the better chance of an upset? Will you feel cheated if we don’t get Manning-Brady in the AFC Championship? The NFC gives us tastier matchups this weekend, on paper anyway. Seattle is everyone’s darling and no one seems to trust Atlanta, but there are countless examples of teams that couldn’t win a big game … until it did. John Elway couldn’t do it. Ken Stabler couldn’t do it. Aaron Rodgers couldn’t do it. Eventually they all kicked the door down, emphatically. Is the time right for the Falcons to graduate, or is Seattle simply a better football team right now? The Packers and Niners might be the best matchup from a chalkboard standpoint, but I’m still waiting for Green Bay’s peak offense to show up. Although the Pack rolled over Minnesota, something’s missing here. Can Green Bay’s defense bridge the gap? Do you worry about Colin Kaepernick playing his first playoff game? This is someone who couldn’t beat the Rams. Does the first Green Bay-San Francisco meeting have any relevance, or is it a folly to look back four months? Divisional Breakfast is served.
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