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Mind-blowing stat about Josh McCown and the McCourty twins

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Mind-blowing stat about Josh McCown and the McCourty twins

Josh McCown called it a career on Monday. The long-time backup and spot starter had a 17-year career in the NFL and players from across the league took time to praise him following his announcement.

Two of those players were the McCourty twins. Devin and Jason McCourty congratulated McCown on Twitter, and it prompted a pretty funny response from McCown which also saw him drop a mind-blowing stat as well.

This comment is comical, but the real question after seeing this is, do the stats back this up? Is McCown actually the only player to ever throw interceptions to the McCourty twins in consecutive weeks?

Well, apparently, he is.

According to Pats Pulpit's Oliver Thomas, McCown was one of just seven quarterbacks to be picked by both of the McCourty twins, and he is the only one who had it happen by each in consecutive weeks.

While Thomas' data didn't include the 2018 season, no quarterback was added to the list last year. The twins each had one pick last year and while both picks came against the Buffalo Bills, they came against two different quarterbacks (Devin off Derek Anderson in Week 8, Jason off Josh Allen in Week 16).

McCown did have 82 career interceptions, so it's not necessarily a surprise that both of the McCourtys have one. But the fact that it happened by each brother in consecutive weeks is crazy.

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Watch Bill Belichick analyze Patriots’ best defensive plays from Week 2 win

Watch Bill Belichick analyze Patriots’ best defensive plays from Week 2 win

The New England Patriots defense dominated the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, earning the team’s first shutout win since early in the 2016 season.

The Patriots tallied four interceptions, seven sacks and held the Dolphins to a 2-for-15 mark on third downs en route to a 43-0 victory. 

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, as he does each week, analyzed some of his team’s top plays alongside 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Scott Zolak. The defense was the focus of this week’s film review.

Check it out in the tweet below:

The Patriots have allowed just three points through the first two weeks of the season, and they are the first team since the 1981 Buffalo Bills to accomplish that feat in the Super Bowl era (1970 to present). 

New England’s defense should continue to accomplish impressive feats when the injury-ravaged New York Jets come to Gillette Stadium for Sunday’s Week 3 matchup and likely start third-string quarterback Luke Falk.

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Offensive line is the only thing that can derail Patriots

Offensive line is the only thing that can derail Patriots

Antonio Brown is more buzzworthy than Isaiah Wynn, but even he might not have as a big a make-or-break effect on the Patriots' stroll to Super Bowl as the redshirt freshman tackle.

The Patriots are placing Wynn, who injured his foot Sunday against the Dolphins, on injured reserve. He'll miss at least eight weeks. The most important position as it relates to protecting Tom Brady isn't just a question mark, it's and bold and italicized font. Big as hell.

It's hard to look at the Patriots right now and worry -- they're not going to, like, lose a game soon or anything -- but how the Patriots fare in the regular season is never really in question. They're going to tear it up against a bunch of inferior opponents, then play a few difficult games late in the season and finish with a bye. Tale as old as time.

But we measure things in championships here, and going into the season, the only thing that could put the Patriots' championship hopes at risk would be if the Wynn, coming off a rookie season lost to injury and replacing the now-highest-paid-lineman-in-the-league Trent Brown (who signed with the Raiders), was either ineffective or hurt.

He looked like a stud in the preseason, so questions about whether he could play were quelled a bit. Then starting center David Andrews was lost for the season with blood clots and right tackle Marcus Cannon got hurt. The Pats were already down two guys on the offensive line before Wynn got hurt.

I don't understand Pro Football Focus' grades and neither do you, but through the first to weeks, Wynn is graded as the 11th-best pass-blocking left tackle. He's passed the eye test, too.

We don't know how Marshall Newhouse (the guy who played in his place) did because he was playing against the stupid Dolphins. The Pats reportedly signed another guy, Caleb Benenoch, on Tuesday. The sooner Cannon gets back, the better, but even when Wynn returns, he'll have still missed at least 24 of 26 career regular-season games since entering the league. Can a team that's so well set-up otherwise to win a Super Bowl just cross its fingers that the left tackle can stay healthy long enough to get them through a playoff run?

Teams are trading first-round picks like hotcakes these days. Granted, that's because the players getting traded are first-round picks on their rookie deals, but the point stands. Big deals are happening.

And for a team that's so clearly built to win the Super Bowl, it would be worth making a big splash to stabilize things at left tackle. Trent Williams, 31, is holding out for Washington and they're 0-2 to start the season. With an estimated $7.53 million in cap space according to Spotrac, the Patriots would probably need to create space to fit him, but the Patriots should at least look into it. They're too good across the board to just hope for the best up front.

Make no mistake, Dante Scarnecchia has his reputation for a reason. He turns offensive linemen who might burn out elsewhere. into stars. But this is a thin, injury-riddled group that's being tasked with blocking for (earmuffs) a quarterback in his 40s who could naturally begin to sense pressure when it isn't there more and more.

AB's antics? They can just cut him if he gets bad enough. Tight end? They can make do. Stephen Gostkowski missing a couple of kicks? Please. The offensive line is a different story, and really the only thing that could get in the way of another Super Bowl.  

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