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Devin McCourty named AFC Defensive Player of the Month

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New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty intercepts a pass intended for Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The New England Patriots’ defense is off to one of its best starts ever and it’s unlikely their next opponent will put a stop to it.

The undefeated Patriots head to Washington this weekend with a league-best 243 yards per game allowed, 6.8 points per game allowed, and 10 interceptions.

Four of those interceptions were made by safety Devin McCourty—one in each of the team’s first four games of the season—who on Thursday was named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Month.

The Patriots on Sunday will match up against one of the league’s worst offenses in the 0-4 Redskins. Washington comes in averaging just 16.5 points per game and 296 yards per game (compared to New England’s 30.5 PPG and 362 YPG). The Patriots are favored by more than two touchdowns.

On Friday, the Redskins announced backup QB Colt McCoy would be getting the start after Case Keenum’s unimpressive start to the year and reported foot injury that kept him out of practice earlier in the week. It’s McCoy’s first action since he suffered a season-ending leg injury last December.

Sunday’s game will also mark the first in a Patriots uniform for veteran kicker Mike Nugent, who was signed by the team on Thursday to replace the injured Stephen Gostkowski.

The Patriots had full participation in Friday’s practice as they look to regroup from last week’s ugly win over the Buffalo Bills.

“I think every game, you know, there’s a couple of good things and probably some days, more good than bad, some days, a little more bad than good,” QB Tom Brady said on the podium Friday. “There’s always something to correct, something to do a little bit better, so we’re just thinking about this week and the things we have to do to play well.”

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