BSJ Game Report: Patriots 34, Bengals 13 – After rough start, defense locks down thanks to Gilmore

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Everything you need to know from the Patriots’ win over the Bengals in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:


Stephon Gilmore wins the game, might get DPOY: With the offense sputtering again and the Patriots going through the motions against a 1-12 team, New England was in need of a spark to make this game a laugher. Enter No. 24. On the third play of the second half in a 13-10 game, Gilmore made a one-handed interception of Andy Dalton. The offense cashed in to make it 20-10. On the next possession, Gilmore read Dalton's out, jumped it and took it to the house. In a matter of minutes, the game went from a dogfight to a blowout ... all thanks to Stephon Gilmore, who has had that kind of impact all season. That's why he should seriously be in the running for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Julian Edelman guts it out but doesn't make an impact: As we now know, Edelman is dealing with a knee injury that could develop into something serious. At least in this game, he was about 25 percent and could barely cut and move around. That