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Dolphins-Patriots halftime notes

MIAMI, Fla. -- The New England Patriots lead the Miami Dolphins 14-7, at intermission.

Here are some halftime notes:

  • Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is in midseason form. He completed his first eight throws that led to two touchdown drives to start the game. Brady is finding a lot of success over the middle. Tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski combined for seven receptions and a touchdown in the first half.

  • Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne also is playing well. He completed 8 of his first 9 passes. Henne is showing good poise and mobility in the pocket. He's thrown for 137 yards in the first half.

  • The Dolphins are giving New England a steady dose of Reggie Bush. Miami's new addition is getting the ball on the ground and through the air. He has 32 yards rushing and 37 yards receiving.

  • So far Chad Ochocinco has been a non-factor. Patriots receivers Wes Welker and Deion Branch are getting most of the playing time, and New England is running a lot of two tight end sets. Branch and Welker both have a better grasp of the offense at this stage. Ochocinco caught one pass for 14 yards before halftime.

  • On the injury front, Patriots center Dan Koppen suffered a left leg injury and was carted off the field in the second quarter. Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor also hurt his lower right leg and limped off the field before halftime.