2.) James Cook
There is only so much that a running back can do when he gets minimal carries and that was the case for James Cook in this game. The Bengals’ run defense has not been the best this season, but they did not allow Cook to get free into the open space when the ball was with him. Cook finished the game with 6 carries for 20 yards, averaging just over 3 yards a carry. Even in the passing game, Cook reeled in 4 catches for 19 yards off of 4 targets.
The true running game was Josh Allen, who rushed for 40 yards and the offense was flowing better when he was running it, not Cook. The play calling can be blamed for the lack of production from Cook, but Cook also was not able to take advantage of establishing the run which overall hurt the potential production to get any kind of momentum going.