After his dominant performance against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the New England Patriots boldly proclaimed that cornerback Stephon Gilmore is the best in the entirety of the NFL at his gig.
We agree with that assertion and, well...so does Gilmore, and not subtly.
Not only did Gilmore have that interception above early in the second quarter, but he also completely shut down the Cowboys' No. 1 wide receiver in Amari Cooper throughout the entire game. Shut down, as in "zeroes across the board." No catches, no yards, and certainly no touchdowns for Cooper this week.
This wasn't a fluke performance, either. Gilmore's been shutting down some of the best wide receivers in the game this year. He's unquestionably one of the main reasons why the Patriots have the second-best pass defense in the league thus far.
Gilmore signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the Patriots in 2017, coming over from the division-rival Buffalo Bills. While the Bills defense has been solid themselves this year, they sure wish they had retained Gilmore's services.
Jalen Ramsey and Patrick Peterson will definitely have something to say about Gilmore's strong claim, but for now, it's safe to say that Gilmore's locked that title up for the foreseeable future.