3. Devin McCourty pick-six
The conclusion of last Thursday night’s battle with the Houston Texans marked a year-long interception drought for free safety Devin McCourty; his last pick came back in Week 3 of the 2015 season when he snatched an airmailed Blake Bortles pass over the middle. While still a top-five safety in the NFL, McCourty needs to break that dry spell, and there isn’t a better time than at home against a divisional rival.
Early in his career, McCourty made a name for himself as a ball hawk at cornerback. But then quarterbacks found out how to toast him in coverage, and he was shifted to safety, where he is truly elite as a defensive back. Since then, however, McCourty’s intercepting days have been few and far between. As far as pick-sixes go, the closest D-Mac came to one was back in the 2014 season, when his pick-six of Philip Rivers was called back due to a questionable penalty on Brandon Browner for a high hit on a defenseless receiver.
Mark these words: McCourty will take an ill-advised Taylor pass back for a touchdown on Sunday. On a related note, this writer is the proud owner of a No. 32 McCourty jersey, so he’s especially optimistic this will happen.
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