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G12: DOLPHINS 37, PHILADELPHIA 31: BEST PERFORMANCE OF SEASON FOR MIAMI!: Original post: At 5-6 Philadelphia, Carson Wentz and his disappearing offense have lost two in a row, scoring 19 total points in the process, to fritter away most playoff hope. Miami would be ripe for an upset — if the Dolphins were a normal team, instead of 2-9 roster of sadness. So the trouble is, Wentz could find just the cure he needs in a Fins defense allowing the most points, second-highest passer rating and third-most total yards in the league. It is why Philly s favored by nine points. The Eagles offense is battered with injuries, but one still struggles to imagine Miami’s D rising up triumphantly. On the other side of the ball, Philly presents a respectable defense to a Miami offense whose running game is so bad, even 3rd-and-1 looms as a mountainous climb. The Dolphins’ 63.2 ground yards per game is on pace to be the lowest the NFL has seen since 1946. (A new car averaged $1,125 that year). I get the feeling I am being a bit gloomy here. So, um ... hope y'all had a Happy Thanksgiving! Cote's pick: Philadelphia, 27-13. See Week 13 Gems for all of our latest NFL picks. And vote in latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll online and directly below:
DOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: G12: 80.5%: Results are certified in the latest of the Miami Herald's Dolfan Satisfaction Meter postgame polls, and they show 80.5 percent overall approval -- the combination of"very" and "somewhat' satisfied votes -- in the wake of Sunday's 37-31 home victory over Philadelphia putting Miami's season record at 3-9. That is a season high. In its 12th season, the DSM is a continuous gauge of how Dolfans are feeling about the team and its 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 own overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Online voting determines the final result, which is final the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was 6:30 a.m. today/Tuesday.
2019 DSM game-by-game results
G1: 18.3% following 59-10 loss vs. Baltimore.
G2: 24.6% following 43-0 loss vs. New England.
G3: 27.5% following 31-6 loss at Dallas.
G4: 35.3% following 30-10 loss vs. L.A. Chargers.
G5: 53.5% following 17-16 loss vs. Washington.
G6: 55.2% following 31-21 loss at Buffalo.
G7: 28.8% following 27-14 loss at Pittsburgh.
G8: 76.4% following 26-18 victory vs. N.Y. Jets.
G9: 70.9% following 16-12 victory at Indianapolis.
G10: 44.5% following 37-20 loss vs. Buffalo.
G11: 44.9% following 41-24 loss at Cleveland.
G12: 80.5% following 37-31 victory vs. Philadelphia.
Next poll: Dec. 8 following game at N.Y. Jets.
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