The Buffalo Bills have built a 14-0 lead after Josh Allen was able to complete a touchdown pass against former Buffalo Bills’ cornerback Stephon Gilmore
The Buffalo Bills got off to a slow start in the first quarter but the offense finally started to click in the second quarter. The Bills’ first touchdown came on a 16-yard touchdown run by Devin Singletary.
On their next drive, the Bills once again drove down the field and had a second and seven at the 11-yard line. Josh Allen looked outside to Stefon Diggs, who had Stephon Gilmore in coverage but the Bills’ former first-round pick was not able to keep Diggs out of the end zone.
Stephon Gilmore’s first time facing the Buffalo Bills as a member of the Carolina Panthers
The connections between the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers are well-documented however they are usually centered around former Panthers who are a part of the Bills organization with coaches like Sean McDermott, Ken Dorsey, and Eric Washington, general manager Brandon Beane and players like Mario Addison, Vernon Butler, Efe Obada, and Daryl Williams.
However, on the other side of the field, the Panthers have a notable former player with the Buffalo Bills in Stephon Gilmore. He was the 10th overall pick by the Bills in 2012 and spent his first five years in the NFL with Buffalo and developed into one of the top cornerbacks in the league.
However, after his rookie contract Gilmore did not return to Buffalo but instead signed a contract with the New England Patriots. The former All-Pro cornerback was traded this season from the Patriots to the Panthers and has been a big part of a Panthers’ secondary that ranks near the top of the league in most passing categories.
This matchup between Stefon Diggs and Stephon Gilmore was going to be a battle between two of the better players at their respective positions. In the first half, it looks like the Buffalo Bills wide receiver is winning that battle.