The shootout I expected hasn't materialized yet. Both teams are passing more than running, but the throws have been short. New England's longest pass play has been 12 yards. Miami's has been 21 yards.
Chad Henne was an inferno to start the game. He completed his first seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. From his eighth pass on he completed 4 of 8 attempts for 31 yards and two bad interceptions to linebacker Rob Ninkovich, a Dolphins castoff.
Star receivers Brandon Marshall and Randy Moss have been zeroed out so far. The only time Henne threw in Marshall's direction, he forced the pass and got intercepted. Moss also has no catches on one target -- his in the end zone near the end of the half.
Even Wes Welker has been quiet. He didn't have a catch in the first quarter and didn't get involved until just before halftime with five receptions for a modest 33 yards.
The star so far has been Dolphins slot receiver Davone Bess. He has six receptions for 71 yards and the lone touchdown. He has three big catches on third down, including his 19-yard touchdown catch and run. ESPN Stats & Information has Bess down for 47 yards after the catch.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warmed up in the second quarter. He was 10-of-12 for 79 yards but couldn't get them into the end zone.