Things to keep an eye on going forward

Our ESPNBoston.com crew in Miami -- Mike Reiss and Chris Forsberg -- wrap up the Patriots' 38-24 season-opening victory over the Dolphins by identifying a few things to keep an eye on going forward:

* Dan Koppen's injury. The Patriots' starting center is likely to miss at least a huge chunk of the season if reports of a broken ankle are true. Is Dan Connolly the answer in filling the void long-term?

* Pass defense. Lost in the Patriots' offensive fireworks is the fact that Dolphins QB Chad Henne passed for more than 400 yards. Some kinks need to be worked out for sure.

* Chad Ochocinco. He had just one catch in his Patriots debut and was targeted just three times. He was on the field for 18 snaps.