Excellent read, as always, Rich.
Duke Johnson has been quite a find for the Dolphins. 117 yards on the ground and a touchdown. The Dolphins running game was very productive gaining 195 yards on the ground (38 of these gained by Tua).
This offense reminds me of college kids. They dress according to yesterday's weather rather than check the weather for the day. If the Dolphins had run Duke last week, the game wouldn't have gone out of hand. The coaches heard everyone's criticism at the lack of use of Duke and the running game, so, they went run heavy this week.
The passing game started off well, but once Bellicheck figured out how to stop the short, quick passes, it went downhill. Obviously this is mostly a byproduct of the Dolphins offensive line being unable to consistently pass protect. It was clear on obvious passing plays (for example, plays with empty backfield) that the Dolphins offensive line would not be able to hold up. Conversely, you often (not always) saw Mac Jones get enough time to throw on obvious passing situations once the Patriots figured out how to counter the Dolphins pressure..
I thought the Dolphins played the 4th quarter less aggressively once they got the big lead which makes me wonder why this defense cannot stop the pass in a normal defense. As far as Tua, I think we need a hypnotist on the sideline before each series either telling him that it is the first series of the game or that he just threw an interception. He gets the ball down the field in those situations for some reason. The talent is there. We just need to rework the OL, get a #2 WR, and a #1 three down back to help take the pressure off of him. He has shown that the talent is there, but his mind is handicapped by what he has to work with.