The "NFL Honors" awards will be handed out on February 1st at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami and if it was up to NFL execs, the Bills head coach is getting one of the highest honors. New England will welcome in the Buffalo Bills to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough in a rare Saturday evening contest while looking to secure the AFC East title against a divisional opponent.
When Gilmore first arrived in New England back in 2017, everything wasn't necessarily all ideal at first.
It's not quite that automatic, but it has been for the New England Patriots quarterback for the last decade-plus.
Brady usually skips the Pro Bowl anyway, having last played in the game in 2005. He's had at least 28 touchdown passes in each of the past five year, but has just 21 in 2019 with two games remaining. Gilmore has actually scored more touchdowns this season (two) than he has allowed, if you can believe it.
Gilmore is tied for the National Football League lead in interceptions with six, and he's turned two of those picks into touchdowns. With a win, the Bills will also set a franchise record with seven wins on the road this season.
Indeed, the Patriots' secondary has been elite this season.
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Gilmore has taken the opposing team's best receivers out of the game completely thanks to his own individual efforts.
It's nearly like the Patriots stick Gilmore on whoever they gameplan to eliminate from the contest altogether.
Gilmore's play has been studly this season, smothering opponents and wiping out opposing stars seemingly easily.
The Buffalo Bills have played three road games this season against teams that are now at or above.500. The NFL passer rating for throwing the ball away on every play is 39.6.
In Week 16, the Patriots will return home to try and cross another accomplishment off their list prior to the start of the postseason in just a few weeks.
Retired New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison made the case for cornerback Stephon Gilmore to earn the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year.