Dolphins halftime notes: Wallace involved

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Miami Dolphins are tied with the Indianapolis Colts, 17-17, at intermission.

Here are some notes at halftime:

  • Miami’s offense has been notorious for slow starts during the preseason and the first regular-season game. However, the Dolphins changed that trend with a pair of touchdown drives in the first quarter. Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 4 of his first 5 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter. Tannehill cooled in the second quarter, but the early points provided an early lead.

  • One of the reasons the offense got off to a fast start is because of No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace. After getting just one catch in Week 1, he got off to a fast start on the opening drive with three receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown. Wallace has seven catches for 70 yards in the first half. He also had a 100-yard game at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2011 as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers and liked this fast track on turf in Indianapolis.

  • Miami’s defense struggled against Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in the first half. The Dolphins have allowed 242 passing yards and a touchdown. Luck also has good pass protection. Miami, which had six sacks last week, has one sack against Luck.

  • Bad news for Miami: The Atlanta Falcons are playing well and leading the St. Louis Rams, 24-3 at halftime. The Dolphins (1-0) will host the Falcons (0-1) next week in their home opener. Many feel Atlanta is a Super Bowl contender.