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October 20, 2013

Dolfan Satisfaction Meter: 6.5%; plus Miami falls to Buffalo 23-21 for third straight loss

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DOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: G6: 6.5%: Results are in on the latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show a nosedive to 6.5 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Sunday's 23-21 home loss to visiting Buffalo putting the Dolphins' season record 1aa1dsmat 3-3. 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, but results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that will be around 9 a.m. Tuesday.

2013 DSM Results

G1: 86.5% satisfaction (20.3v, 66.2s) following 23-10 victory at Cleveland.

G2: 98.8% satisfaction (71.9v, 26.9s) following 24-20 victory at Indianapolis.

G3: 99.0% satisfaction (78.2v, 20.8s) following 27-23 victory vs. Atlanta.

G4: 58.2% satisfaction (18.8v, 39.4s) following 38-17 loss at New Orleans.

G5: 33.5% satisfaction (4.3v, 29.2s) following 26-23 loss vs. Baltimore.

G6: 6.5% satisfaction (3.8v, 2.7s) following 23-21 loss to Buffalo.

Next poll: Oct. 27 following game at New England.

G6: BUFFALO @ DOLPHINS: AFC EAST OPENER FINDS MIAMI AT CROSSROADS: Final: This was a bad, bad home loss, to a division opponent, coming off a bye, and blown late. Not much good to say. Writing my game column now; should be online sometime after 7 this evening. ..... 4Q: Dolphins fail on last-play Hail Mary, lose AFC East opener and third straight game overall, falling to 3-3. ... Revenge of the Kicker! Carpenter, cut by Dolphins in preseason, kicks 31-yard FG for Buffs to put MIA down 23-21 with 33 seconds left. ... Tannehill stripped of ball by Mario Williams and Bills recover at MIA 34 with 2:48 left. ... Monster sack by Dimitri Patterson. NOt as monster as Mario Williams' on Tannehill, but close. ..... 3Q: Buffs within 21-20 on Carpenter 20-yard kick after Dolphins goalline defensive stand forces visitors to settle. ... Sharp drive for MIA's first lead, 21-17, ended on Tanny-Gibson second TD hookup of game. Dolphs have scored 21 of game's last 24 points and sezied momentum. ..... Half: Dolphins are 0-for-7 on third-down conversions but are back in it on two TD passes by Tannehill. Miami is playing win-caliber defense and plainly has the momentum entering the half. ..... 2Q: MIA within 17-14 on Tannehill 13-yard TD pass to Brandon Gibson just before half. Gibson with an acrobatic leap into the zone. A 46-yard strike to Mike Wallace keyed the drive. ... Ex-Dolph Dan Carpenter aces a 39-yard kick for 17-7 Buffs lead. ... Chris Clemons INT sets up MIA at Bison 31, but takeaway is wasted as drive sputters, ends in missed 51-yard FG try by Caleb Sturgis. ... That's more like it. Miami within 14-7 on 7-yard Charles Clay pass from Tannehill. Lamar Miller 30-yard sparked the drive -- and the crowd. ..... 1Q: Miami's worst quarter of the season has mercifully ended. Tanny 2-for-9 with two picks, and a passer rating of 2.3. ... Nightmare continues! Tannehill intercepted at goalline, his second pick. Scattered boos heard. Surprised not more. ... Fred Jackson's 3-yard scoring run digs a 14-0 hole for Miami, which cost itself 40 yards of field position with a penalty on a punt. ... Oy! Nightmare start. Ryan Tannehill picked off on first pass, returned 19 yards for Buffs TD by Nickell Roeby. ..... Original post: Bye weeks give coaches luxurious time to tinker with and smooth out their own team's flaws while also better preparing for the 1aa1dol6 1aa1dolbuff2next opponent, so a loss or poor showing by 3-2 Miami today would be doubly disappointing. I look for two key elements. 1) Offensively, the line is challenged to block Mario Williams and a good-sacking Buffalo defense and keep Ryan Tannehill's uniform clean -- which it hasn't been though a league-worst 24 sacks. Joe Philbin 1aa1dolbuff1also must commit to the ground game and a beatable Bison run-D. Would be disappointed if this wasn't a 15-to-18-type carries game for Lamar Miller. 2) Defensively, stop RB C.J. Spiller. He's been the Dolphins-killer lately, with 320 yards and a 5.7 average the past three meetings. Block Williams, limit Spiller and all shall be well. It better be, because this is an "intersection game" for Miami. Fan confidence in this being a playoff team is weak or wavering, and a loss would send it plummeting. Miami must shake two straight losses, move to 4-2 and get on a little roll to assert itself as a real AFC player. My pick: Dolphins, 24-17.

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