I think your trying to create something out of nothing here. I havn't read one post where anyone tipped Kildare to beat us in a potential Leinster Final. But some have identified areas where they are strong and where we are weaker and rightly, imo, view it as decent litmus test of what may lie ahead.
With the introduction of the Mark, if we get cleaned in the middle v's Kildare it will not bode well for what lies ahead.
Tyrone have been hiding in the murky water for a while now and if they can improve up front its not rocket science they will be very difficult to beat. Still i think its fair to say we will not know the full extent of that until the quarters and beyond. They minced a team today who we made very hard work out of only last year.
Ultimately, there is little a division one team will learn from playing a Division 3-4 team and Dublin/Carlow and Kerry/Clare can be included in that. Bar a generational shock the Division 1 team will win and the margin is usually meaningless once there is a degree of comfort. But those games give indicators, the league gives indicators, and the main one for me in we have a big problem in the full forward line. And while i agree that overall from 1-20 we have the best team and manager, i believe we will not win the championship this year unless midfield and the full forward line improves to a significant degree. In nearly all our key games we have needed a turn and shoot forward to get match defining scores and I don't see that player there this year as of yet.