Very quick look to first read RB Singletary, to a quick throw to Beasley. Let's say you expect Beasley to make the catch, the play wasn't able to develop, and 3 defenders are there. 5 yard gain, 2nd and 5. Not bad, but if the play develops, it is Beasley on Mosley 1:1. Advantage Beasley.
This play was so bad because the Bengals barely showed up on offense. 9 drives, 26 plays for 100 yards. 6 punts, 2 fumbles, and an interception. They scored 17 points on their next three drives after Josh Allen locked into his first read, ran into pressure, and threw an arm-pass while stiff-arming a Bengal. Tremendous effort, but it was 3rd and 7 at midfield. Punt and let that defense keep dominating.
Josh Allen is improving, but I expect the Patriots to contain him to limit broken plays, and see if he can beat them downfield consistently. His arm reminds me so much of a young Drew Bledsoe, where that incredible talent wins out over having more touch on your throws, anticipation, timing and rhythm in the offense. I'd love to hear Belichick compare the two just based on their talented arms, and being very young quarterbacks learning the position.