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Canesfan Satisfaction Meter: Results are in, show a sharp spike. Navigate to the previous blogpost for latest results.
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DOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: G11: Results are certified in the latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show 7.8 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Sunday's 20-16 loss to visiting Carolina putting the Dolphins' season record at 5- 6. 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% (20.3-v, 66.2-s) following 23-10 victory at Cleveland.
G2: 98.8% (71.9-v, 26.9-s) following 24-20 victory at Indianapolis.
G3: 99.0% (78.2-v, 20.8-s) following 27-23 victory vs. Atlanta.
G4: 58.2% (18.8-v, 39.4-s) following 38-17 loss at New Orleans.
G5: 33.5% (4.3-v, 29.2-s) following 26-23 loss vs. Baltimore.
G6: 6.5% (3.8-v, 2.7-s) following 23-21 loss to Buffalo.
G7: 4.7% (3.0-v, 1.7-s) following 27-17 loss at New England.
G8: 50.3% (8.2-v, 42.1-s) following 22-20 OT victory vs. Cincinnati.
G9: 4.7% (3.6-v, 1.1-s) following 22-19 loss at Tampa Bay.
G10: 42.4% (7.2-v, 35.2-s) following 20-16 victory vs. San Diego.
G11: 7.8% (4.0-v, 3.8-s) following 20-16 loss vs. Carolina.
Next poll: Dec. 1 following game at N.Y. Jets.
G11: CAROLINA @ DOLPHINS: SECOND-HALF COLLAPSE DOOMS MIAMI: Final: Zero points in second half by Miami about says it all. No balance, negligible running game. This team simply does not close games, does not finish. (Click HERE for my column off the game). ..... 4Q: Old Cane Greg Olsen 1-yard TD flip from Newton and Carolina up 20-16 with 43 seconds left. Cats' first lead since 3-0. ... Another red flag successfully challanged by Philbin. ... Cats holding negates first down catch. Huuuge. ... Sturgis yanks a 53-yard FG try wide left. Nervous time. ... Dolphs force Cats punt. Every series huge now. ..... 3Q: Daniel Thomas out injured. ... Cats within 16-13 on Newton 5-yard run up middle. ... Ted Ginn Jr.'s family drops what should have been long TD pass. ..... Half: Tannehill 203 passing yards, 94.8 rating at half, and MIA defense limiting Newton to 45.9 rating, 100 yards. Stout defensive effort except for that last series. Miami halfway to what would be huge win. ..... 2Q: Hmm. Dolphins all but conceded field position and that last FG. Better not lose by three points. ... Cats drive for last-second 46-yard FG, pull within 16-6. ... Dolphs cash Carroll INT for 23-yard FG and 16-3 lead 61 seconds before half. ... Bad call. That was a helmet hit on Rishard Matthews in end zone. ... Nolan Carroll intercepts Newton, returns 24 yards. ... Sturgis adds 47-yard FG for 13-3 lead. ... Scoring change on that earlier blocked FG by Miami first credited to Dion Jordan. Now they say the kick glanced off a Panthers lineman's helmet. ... Dion Jordan sack, Dolphs making it tough for Cam Newton. ... Wallace 57-yard catch sets up Caleb Sturgis 32-yard FG and 10-3 lead. ... Successful Joe Philbin red flag reverses first down, causes Carolina punt. Dolphins 4-for-4 on chalenges this season. Joe Philbin! ..... 1Q: A bad crowd being treated to a good game so far. ... MIA 7-3 on 53-yard Tanny pass to Mike Wallace, only the latter's second TD of season. Pass underthrown but Wallace fought for the ball, beating the fabulously named cornerback, Captain Munnerlyn. ... Ted Ginn Jr.'s family returns punt 41 yards, sets up eventual 52-yard Carolina FG for game's first score. ... Cats drive stalls, 35-yard FG try blocked by Dion Jordan. ... Ryan Tannehill intercepted on first series on pass that was tipped by five different guys before landing in wrong hands. ..... Original post: Dolphins and Jets with five wins apiece lead a parade of seven other teams with four wins each in the mad jockeying for the AFC's final wild-card playoff spot. This is a bona fide playoff chase! (Even if it is on the low end). Beating favored Carolina today will take some offensive force not seen much from this team. I think the Dolphin defense will do OK containing Cam Newton's offense. It is Miami vs. Carolina's excellent defense that worries me. This is the best all-round defense Miami has faced. The Dolphins caught a break when Cats DE Charles Johnson and his 8.5 sacks were ruled out of the game. Or should I say Miami's beleaguered offensive line caught a break. I still have my doubts if Ryan Tannehill and crew can bust out offensively today. My pick: Carolina, 24-16.
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