The general feeling around the NFL is that the Miami Dolphins have already exceeded all expectations, except their own. This was still meant to be a work in progress.
With rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill placed as the starter, it was very much a case of damage limitation. The first round pick out of Texas A&M has not had to be spectacular in helping his team to a 4-3 record.
Perhaps not being under the intense media spotlight of other rookie starters in his position has helped. After all not everyone can be Robert Griffin III.
So when he went down this past Sunday, under a 1st quarter sack by New York Jets linebacker Calvin Pace, with what first appeared as a serious injury to his left thigh and knee, it was a set-back in the Dolphins solid start to the year.
Last seasons team Most Valuable Player, backup Matt Moore came in and steadied the ship impressively to humiliate the Jets, in a one-sided 30-9 win. The victory lifted Miami into clear second place in the AFC East and if the playoffs started now they would actually be 5th seed.
Head Coach Joe Philbin has been closely monitoring the quarterback situation, and will not be rushed into a decision for this weekends game at Indianapolis. There is unlikely to be any controversy over the position. If Tannehill is declared ready he will play.
Clearly limited this week in practice, Tannehill has been doing everything possible in the rehabilitating process. Icing his left leg regularly, and wearing a compression sleeve.
Should the playcaller start he will come up against Andrew Luck, the number one pick from this years draft, who has equally impressed, steering his Colts to the same 4-3 record.
Miami's start has been helped by the contributions of Reggie Bush on the ground, who is just shy of the 500 yard mark running the ball, and the receiving duo of Brian Hartline and Davone Bess, who have over 60 catches between them.
Even though the defense is only ranked 22nd in the league, it has caused 7 fumbles and picked off opposing quarterbacks 8 times. 22 sacks, led by the 7.5 of Cameron Wake, however means they are a complete unit and one that is growing better by each game.
Riding a 3 game win streak, they do have a "soft" spot in the schedule now, with the visit of Tennessee, and a trip to Buffalo after they come back from Indianapolis. Beyond that December is tough, but if they can carry on playing decent on both sides of the ball, this young team may have a shot of the playoffs.