It's been a brutal season of NFL football for the Cincinnati Bengals, and that continued Sunday.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton recently got his starting job back after being benched earlier in the season, and he's having a brutal game versus the New England Patriots in Week 15. The veteran quarterback's leading wide receiver in the third quarter was Stephon Gilmore. The problem with that is Gilmore plays for the Patriots.
Gilmore tallied two interceptions in the third quarter. The All-Pro cornerback made an impressive one-handed grab on his first interception, and he returned the second one for a touchdown to put New England up 27-10.
The Bengals didn't have a running back, wide receiver or tight end with more than one reception at the time of Gilmore's second interception, and that prompted quite a reaction on Twitter.
Stephon Gilmore with an appropriate celebration after that pick-six. Stands alone as the game's best corner.— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) December 15, 2019
Stephon Gilmore ran Tyler Boyd's route for him and Andy Dalton threw it right to the Patriots cornerback.— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) December 15, 2019
Andy Dalton throwing at Stephon Gilmore just went exactly as you'd expect it to go.— Chris Mason (@ByChrisMason) December 15, 2019
Stephon Gilmore is devouring Tyler Boyd today. Boyd's three targets have resulted in two Gilmore INTs, including that pick-six.— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) December 15, 2019
Stephon Gilmore now with more TDs by himself than anyone he’s covered this season— George Chahrouri (@PFF_George) December 15, 2019
stephon gilmore is the best corner in the league. cry about it.— abdul 🌌🤠 (@Advil) December 15, 2019
STEPHON GILMORE IS YOUR DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR. CASE CLOSED.— Patriots Dynasty (@Pats_Dynasty_) December 15, 2019
From @ESPNStatsInfo: Stephon Gilmore's 3rd career multi-interception game (1st with Patriots). It's his 2nd TD of the year. He had 0 TD in his career entering the year.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) December 15, 2019
Also, it's the 7th non-offensive TD of the season for the Patriots, most in the NFL.
Stephon Gilmore through 2+ quarters:— Alex Barth (@RealAlexBarth) December 15, 2019
1 catch allowed, 2 interceptions, 3 pass breakups
Stephon Gilmore proves once again he's the NFL's best cornerback by pick-sixing Andy Dalton.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) December 15, 2019
Gilmore's case for NFL Defensive Player of the Year grows stronger with each passing week.