Patriots midseason superlatives
One of the great mysteries of the Patriots season has been the regression of the second-year cornerback. Dependable and often outstanding in a rookie season in which he intercepted seven passes and made the Pro Bowl, McCourty has struggled from week one against Miami. Entering Sundays Giants game, he had been targeted 58 times second-most in the league and had given up a league-high 40 receptions. On the positive side, he gave up just one reception against the Giants.