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Watch Kyle Van Noy force a game-ending pick, Taysom Hill truck a defender and Michael Davis’ first career interception

New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy tackles Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) as he scrambles in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Adrian Kraus, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Kyle Van Noy had a perfect solution to trash talk thrown the New England Patriots’ way — prove it on the field.

The former BYU linebacker had one of his best statistical games as a pro in the Patriots’ 16-10 win over the Buffalo Bills Sunday.

Van Noy had two sacks for New England, both coming on third down, and forced a pair of fumbles. In addition to a team-high eight tackles, six solo, the starting ’backer had three quarterback hurries.

None was bigger than the pressure he forced on Bills quarterback Matt Barkley in the final two minutes as Buffalo was trying to drive for the lead. With 1:34 to play and the Bills facing a third-and-10 at the New England 40 down six points, Van Noy came off the right edge of the line untouched and hit Barkley as he tried to pass. Teammate Jamie Collins intercepted the wayward pass, and the Patriots ran out the clock.

The Patriots-Bills contest featured two AFC East rivals who were undefeated heading into the matchup, and on the Wednesday before the game, Buffalo left tackle Dion Dawkins added some fuel to the fire.

“It’s really all about us. We don’t care what they’ve done the games before because they haven’t played us yet. Once they play us and if it doesn’t change then that’s when ya’ll could start talking,” he said, according to New York Upstate.

Van Noy responded to the Dawkins comments. “Just wanted to make sure Dawkins knew who we were,” the two-time Super Bowl champ with New England told boston.com. “If someone said they didn’t know who you are after what we’ve been doing, would you be like, ‘What have you been watching?’”

Two other former Cougars had memorable plays Sunday as well.

Michael Davis, who missed the past two games for the Los Angeles Chargers with a hamstring injury, returned to the starting lineup in the Chargers’ 30-10 win over Miami. In the fourth quarter, Davis made his first career interception, picking off the Dolphins’ Josh Rosen near the sideline.

Davis also had three solo tackles in the game.

Then, in Sunday night’s primetime game, Taysom Hill made a defender pay for trying to tackle him in New Orleans’ 12-10 win over Dallas. The backup quarterback kept the ball on a read option play late in the first quarter and ran for an impressive 18-yard gain that included Hill trucking Cowboys safety Xavier Woods.

Hill finished with two carries for 16 yards.