2.) The run game was close to nonexistent
Coming into this game, the Bengals’ run defense had been horrible, allowing 140 rushing yards per game on average (5 games allowing over 100+ rushing yards). Running back James Cook could have had a great game against the Bengals but the offense simply was not running the ball during the game. Cook finished the game with 6 carries for 20 yards.
The trend continues for the Bills where if they run for less than 100 yards, they end up losing the game. We saw more Josh Allen carries in this game which was not necessarily the worst thing to see, seeing as how the offense does operate better.
Going into the cold weeks of the season, the Bills are going to need to boost up the running game because the cold weather could affect the pass. Someone like Leonard Fournette, who was just recently signed, can not only run the ball hard but also serve as a pass-catching back as well.