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Dolphins fans confidence rebounds slightly despite loss to Packers

Miami Dolphins v Green Bay Packers Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Miami Dolphins fans’ confidence in the direction of their favorite team as been on a downward roller coaster this year. After reaching a high of 86 percent of the fans believing in the direction of the team - a 3-0 start to the year will do that - the confidence has quickly fallen off. In Week 9, the confidence had fallen to a season-low 26 percent.

Now, two weeks later, with a win and a loss, the confidence poll is back up to 37 percent, a seven percent increase this week, despite the loss to the Green Bay Packers. The Dolphins head into the bye week with fans at their most confident in three weeks - but still barely over one-third of the fans are confident.

Coming out of the bye week will be critical for the Dolphins, and the fans. The team heads into the final stretch of the season with a game at the Indianapolis Colts, then home against the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, an away game at the Minnesota Vikings, home against the Jacksonville Jaguars, then the season finale at the Bills. Can they turn a 5-5 start to the year into a playoff berth?

That may be the only way to convince the 63 percent of the fans who voted they are not confident that this team is headed in the correct direction.

The current AFC standings based on fan confidence is:

New England Patriots: 51%
Buffalo Bills: 40%
Miami Dolphins: 37%
New York Jets: 3%

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