Despite the weekly disaster show on the field, the Miami Dolphins are at their highest level of popularity in years. That's according to a Harris Interactive poll that ranks the 32 NFL teams from America's most favorite to least. The Dolphins are America's 13th favorite team. Unlucky number as it might be, that's up from a 21st ranking last year and is the team's highest ranking since 2003.
Harris began taking the poll in 1998, and for the first two years (coincidently Dan Marino's last two years) the Fins came in sixth overall. The Dolphins last finished in the top ten of the popularity contest in 2003 with a ranking of nine. The team has placed 13th twice since then, but last year's 21 ranking was an all-time low.
The eight-place ascent was the second highest in the league this year, only behind the Detroit Lions. That team, which surprisingly isn't sucking this year, jumped 11 spots.
The survey was taken between September 12 and 19, so its possible that despite the team's September 12 loss to the Patriots, the Monday Night Football showcase might have put the team on people's minds.
For the fifth year in a row, the Dallas Cowboys are America's favorite team, followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. The Jacksonville Jaguars were America's least favorite team for the third year running.
In the rest of the AFC East, the Patriots came in fourth, the Jets tied for ninth, and the Buffalo Bills came in 28th. The Bills actually tied the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, which means the Fins are still the most popular team in Florida.
But asked, "Regardless of your favorite team, who do you think will win the Super Bowl this year?" only 1 percent of Americans picked the Dolphins.Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.