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DSM reminder: The Dolfan Satisfaction Meter postgame polls will be back for another season starting when the games start to count. Look for the first DSM poll on Sept. 7.
PS3: DALLAS @ DOLPHINS: Tonight's is the most interesting game of the Dolphins' preseason for a few reasons. It's the first home game. The Cowboys are still a sexy opponent even if they are many years past their America's Team buzz. And, mostly, the third exhibition game traditionally is when we see the most of the first-team units, the actual team in an actual dress rehearsal, before the regular-season opener. Starters figure to play at least a half, and the staff spent time game-planning for Dallas specifically, so tonight should be the best gauge yet of what we'll be getting in the 2014 Dolphins. In turn we should see our clearest indication yet of what the new offense holds in store. Dallas' defense is expected to be quite bad this season, so if the offensive line, the running game or any other facet of Miami's O struggles tonight, that may be a particularly ominous sign. Knowshon Moreno will have a chance to establish himself and begin to prove whether he merits more carries than Lamar Miller.
TANNEHILL, MILLER ON 'BREAKOUT LIST: ESPN.com listed its Top 50 NFL breakout players, guys expected to make a big leap in 2014, and Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is ranked No. 2, trailing only Colts TE Dwayne Allen. One other Dolph on the list: RB Lamar Miller at No. 36.
NFL rookie odds and more: Johnny Manziel remains betting favorite to win offensive rookie of the year award at 11-2 odds despite starting season on bench. Next come Sammy Watkins and Brandin Cooks at 6-1, with Dolphins' Jarvis Landry tied for 15th at 28-1. Defensive rookie pick is Jadeveon Clowney at 3-1, then Khalil Mack at 13-2. Worst-record picks are Jaguars 3-1 and Raiders 7-2. Frontrunners for Super Bowl-winning division are NFC West at 11-4 and AFC West at 7-2.
Poll result: Strong support for Rose reinstatement: We asked and by nearly a 5-to-1 margin you voted for an end to Pete Rose's banishment from baseball and letting him on the Hall of Fame ballot, with 80.9 percent for reinstatement and 16.8% to keep the ban. Only 2.3% were undecided.
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