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News Blitz 12/18: Patriots Pro Bowl picks and snubs, Bengals game grades

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The Patriots announced three players made the Pro Bowl -- Dont'a Hightower, Matthew Slater and Stephon Gilmore. Let the snub talks begin with Julian Edelman, Kyle Van Noy and Jake Bailey leading the way and don't forget about Joe Thuney or Devin McCourty either. Doug Farrar of USA Today has his ideas of which Patriots to swap in.

Phil Perry hands out his report card for the Bengals win, with a nice effort from the running backs and the secondary leading the way.

Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal takes a closer look at Tom Brady's stats before and after his elbow injury. Brady was off the injury report on Tuesday.

Gilmore and J.C. Jackson made PFF's Team of the Week, along with Shaq Mason who helped the offensive line put together one of their best games of the season.

Mike Reiss of ESPN makes his case that Gilmore should be the Defensive Player of the Year.

Chad Finn is still giving the Patriots the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the playoff contenders.

Steve Buckley takes a look at what makes the Patriots a New England team by experiencing a game day in each of the six states. Colleague Nick Underhill takes a deep dive on Harry and Sanu's development with the team.

PatsPulpit takes a look at the roster ties between the Patriots and Bills, with Stephon Gilmore headlining.

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