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CSM voting is in!: The latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter poll results are now available in the blogpost directly below this.
My Dolphins game column: Lots of dissatisfaction (as reflected in poll results below), and I'd say too much. The 3-2 record at this point is better than most expected going in, and there is neither shock nor shame in losing at New Orleans and by 3 to the defending champions. Miami is very flawed, yes, but still improved overall and thick in the playoff chase. I delve further in my column off Sunday's game. Click on PERSPECTIVE, PLEASE to read.
DOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: G5: Results are in on the latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show a plunge to 33.5 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Sunday's 26-23 home loss to Baltimore putting the Dolphins' season record at 3-2. The DSM, in its sixth season, 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 a.m. today/Tuesday.
2013 DSM Results
G1: 86.5% satisfaction (20.3 very, 66.2 somewhat) following 23-10 victory at Cleveland.
G2: 98.8% satisfaction (71.9 very, 26.9 somewhat) following 24-20 victory at Indianapolis.
G3: 99.0% satisfaction (78.2 very, 20.8 somewhat) following 27-23 victory vs. Atlanta.
G4: 58.2% satisfaction (18.8 very, 39.4 somewhat) following 38-17 loss at New Orleans.
G5: 33.5% satisfaction (4.3 very, 29.2 somewhat) following 26-23 loss vs. Baltimore.
Next poll: Oct. 20 following game vs. Buffalo (after bye week)
G5: BALTIMORE @ DOLPHINS: Final: The Dolphins just didn't do enough right today. Poor on 3rd downs. Too many red-zone fizzles. Click on column link above for my full opinion on the game. ..... 4Q: Miami misses 57-yard Caleb Sturgis FG try wide left with a half-minute to play and Dolphins lose 26-23. ... BAL up 26-23 with 1:42 to play on 44-yard FG. ... Dolphins tie it 23-23 on Reshad Jones 25-yard interception return TD on ball deflected high into air by Dion Jordan's hit on Flacco. ... Miami within 23-16 on another Sturgis FG, this one from 49. ... BAL rings up a 94-yard drive ending in Rice 3-yard TD run and 23-13 Ravens lead. Game slipping away from Dolphins. ..... 3Q: MIA punts on 4th-and-2 from BAL 45. I might have gone for it there. ... Marylanders back up 16-13 on 25-yard FG. ... Ravens tie it 13-13 on Ray Rice 2-yard TD run set up by an arguable interference penalty against Grimes in end zone. ..... Half: Tannehill's first half was 14-for-21 for 178 yards, one TD throw and a 108.8 rating. That'll work. So will Wallace's six catches for 99 yards. So will Miami's defense keeping the Ravens out of the end zone and limiting the visitors to four first downs. Six points always a nervous lead, though. ..... 2Q: MIA up 13-6 with 46 seconds left in half on 9-yard Charles Clay scoring pass from Tannehill. Brian Hartline 30- and 21-yard catches set up the score. ... Settling, settling, settling. Offense awakens on Ryan Tannehill 49-yard strike to Mike Wallace, to Ravens 13, but red-zone offense fizzles and settles for tying 25-yard Sturgis FG. ... Crows back up 6-3 on 50-yard FG. ... MIA punts to open second Q; offense doing nada. ..... 1Q: Dolphs tie it 3-3 on 37-yard Caleb Sturgis FG. That's settling after first down at BAL 29 after fumble recovery by ex-Raven Dannell Ellerbe. Paul Soliai had jarred ball loose from Ray Rice. MIA settled for kick after Mike Wallace drop on pass thrown behind him -- a combination bad play that drew light booing from crowd. ... Miami punts on first three possessions. ... Based on purple jerseys here, today's crowd appears to be about one-fourth Ravens fans. ... Ryan Tannehill interception call overturned upon review, but sack ends series. ... BAL up 3-0 on 42-yard kick, after Torrey Smith beats Brent Grimes for a 41-yard completion. ... Bad sign. Miami calls first timeout 73 seconds into game then falls short on 3rd-and-1 run. ..... Original post: A year ago the Ravens would have been favored in this game by about a touchdown; now Miami is a narrow betting fave. That measures both the Dolphins' improvement and the fact the defending champion Ravens are 2-2 and coming off a bad loss in which Joe Flacco suffered five interceptions. At 3-1 Miami is still in good shape looking forward but they need a bounceback game and some momentum heading into the bye week after Monday night's embarrassing loss at New Orleans. Embarrassment is a strong word but Miami did not really compete, and the defense got absolutely cut up by Drew Brees. Baltimore's offense is not as good, but we'll still be looking for particular improvements in the Dolphins this week. The offensive line must play better and the secondary must play better. Miami must be prepared for a heavy dose of Ray Rice after he carried only five times last week, but run defense continues a Dolphins strength. My pick: Dolphins, 24-20.
Poll result: Pirates, Rays have your rooting interest: We asked in a previous blogpost which of the final eight MLB playoff teams have your rooting interest to win the World Series, and the Pirates (21.1%) and Rays (20.0%) were the winners.
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