1) It is MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9. Hurricanes blast all the way up to No. 15 in latest Associated Press poll after Gator thumping. Top 10 probably two wins away. 2) Click on Random Evidence for today's latest Sunday notes-column package. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Canes beat Gators / Collball Week 2 roundup, Stephen Ross poll result & more. 4) Follow us on Twitter (gregcote), Instagram (Upsetbird) and Vine (Greg Cote).
Canesfan Satisfaction Meter: 96.7%: See results and details in the blogpost immediately below this. Click on They Earned It, They Deserved It for my column off the game.
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DOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: G1: 86.5%: Results are in on the season debut of the sixth season of Dolfan Satisfaction Meter postgame polls, and they sow 86.5 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Sunday's season-opening 23-10 victory at Cleveland. However that is a "soft" number, as 66.2% called themselves only "somewhat" satisfied. The DSM is a continuous weekly gauge of how fans are feeling about the Dolphins and their direction. Right after each game I invite you to share your overall degree of satisfaction. Criteria for voting is your own, but I suggest fans consider the most recent game's performance and caliber of opponent, season as a whole, direction the club is heading and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Polls never close (you may still vote), but results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 9:30 a.m. today/Tuesday.
2013 DSM Results
G1: 86.5% satisfaction (20.3 very, 66.2 somewhat) following 23-10 victory at Cleveland.
Next poll: Sept. 15 following game at Indianapolis.
DSM Season Results
G1: DOLPHINS 23, CLEVELAND 10: DOMINANT DEFENSE CARRIES MIAMI IN OPENER: Final: Dominant defense led by Cam Wake's pass rush and three interceptions carry Miami past bad Browns in season opener. Click on Dolphins Need More Harmony, But Also More Wallace for my column from Cleveland off the game. I deal with the diva display by Mike Wallace after the game. ..... 4Q: Apparent late Browns TD pass nullfied by holding penalty. ... Dion Jordan first career sack in final two minutes. ... Sturgis 36-yard FG for a 23-10 lead with 3:59 to play. Game time. ... Daniel Thomas 1-yard TD run and 20-10 MIA lead with 6:48 to play. ..... 3Q: Earthtones within 13-10 on 39-yard FG. ... Patterson, the 2-pick guy, out with a groin strain, questionable return. ... Tannehill nifty 34-yard TD strike to Brian Hartline for a 13-7 Miami lead. Now that's a play! ... Marcus Thigpen 70-yard punt-return TD nullified by a Nolan Carroll holding penalty. Geez. MIA finding ways to lose. ..... Half: Well, Miami is losing at the half to a bad team despite three takeaways. Here's why: Tannehill has a 57.2 QB rating, Lamar Miller has 3 yards rushing on 7 carries, and Mike Wallace has 0 catches on 0 targets. ..... 2Q: Cleveland with first lead, 7-6, on 7-yard TD pass from Weeden to Cameron with 0:28 left in half, on 56-yard drive set up by INT off Tannehill. ... Patterson's second INT of game is the third by the MIA defense. My thinking the Browns had a chance is being sabotaged by the suckosity of Brandon Weeden. ... Browns completion to TE Jordan ruled down at 27 of Miami. ... Yes, yes I did predict Cleveland would win. Right now I'm not exactly sure why. Caveat: Long way to go and Dolphins' offense isn't doing much. ... Miami cashes takeaway for Sturgis 49-yard FG. Rookie kicker looking good. And so is Joe Philbin for that successful challenge on the INT. ..... 1Q: Dimitri Patterson INT for Miami sets up Dolphins near Cleveland red-zone as quarter ends. ... MIA 3-0 on Sturgis 45-yard FG with 1:29 left in quarter. ... Brandon Gibson big drop forces MIA punt. ... Nolan Carroll intercepts Brandon Weeden on deep ball. The bad news? He'd down at the Miami 1. ... Underway on a gorgeous, breezy afternoon by the lake in Cleveland. ..... Original post: "Must win" is used so casually in sports, especially in football, that it's annoying. And to even address "must win" in a freakin' season opener seems like lunacy. But if it ever applies right out the gate, does it not apply in today's Dolphins opener in Cleveland? The reasoning: Miami has such little margin of error, that if you are devising a path to the playoffs and circling games you count as wins, well, this is one. Without question, this is one. A loss today and the Dolphins immediately invite sort of a "here we go again" gloom in fans whose optimism is fragile. Am I wrong? I'll be in Cleveland today and have a particular eye out for Ryan Tannehill's retooled offense, which has added Mike Wallace, is featuring Lamar Miller, but lacks a proven tight end element. The game is dead-even on the betting line. When that happens I almost always think the home team is the safer bet. My pick: Browns, 23-20.
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'PASS' QB RANKINGS RETURN: The Miami Herald's Passer Success System (PASS) NFL quarterback rankings are back for a 16th season. Click HERE for all the details.
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