AROUND THE SHIELD — Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Dion Dawkins had some words for the New England Patriots heading into Sunday’s game.
“We don’t care what they’ve done the games before because they haven’t played us yet,” Dawkins said Wednesday. “Once they play us, and if it doesn’t change then, that’s when y’all could start talking.”
The Patriots have now played the Bills, and former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy is talking.
“I just wanted to make sure Dawkins knew who we were,” Van Noy said following the Patriots’ 16-10 win over the Bills.
And he made sure Bills fans knew who he was.
Van Noy led the Patriots with eight tackles and had two sacks, a tackle for a loss, and forced two fumbles — and all of those stats don’t even include his best play of the game.
On the Bills’ final possession, Van Noy hit Buffalo backup QB Matt Barkley as he threw the ball, forcing a high wobbly pass that New England intercepted to end the game.
Van Noy has been one of the best players on a defense that has allowed just one offensive touchdown this season. Van Noy played a key role in a Pats’ goalline stand early in the fourth quarter where a touchdown would have given the Bills the lead.
“Any time you get that, it gives me chills thinking about it because that’s football at its core right there — 1-on-1, you know they’re trying to run the ball. … You gotta stand up,” Van Noy said.
Los Angeles Chargers 30, Miami Dolphins 10
Former BYU defensive back Michael Davis had his first career interception on Sunday. In the fourth quarter, Davis stepped in front of a Josh Rosen pass and picked it off before tiptoeing along the sideline to complete the interception. Davis also had three tackles in the game for the Chargers.
first career pick ✊ pic.twitter.com/INAa3IIig4— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) September 29, 2019
Former Utah corner Eric Rowe had six tackles and a pass breakup in the Dolphins’ loss to the Chargers.
New Orleans Saints 12, Dallas Cowboys 10
Former BYU quarterback Taysom Hill might have had only two carries on Sunday, but one was pretty memorable. In the first quarter, Hill rushed up the middle and trucked a Dallas defender to finish off an 18-yard gain to give the Saints a first down.
Former Utah safety Marcus Williams had two tackles and intercepted Dallas's Hail Mary attempt to end the game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 55, Los Angeles Rams 40
A week ago, former Utah kicker (and Orem High and Utah Valley soccer alum) Matt Gay missed the potential game-winning field goal. This week, he was perfect.
Gay connected on all nine of his kicks (two field goals and seven extra points) as he helped the Bucs to a win over the Rams. Gay hit a 58-yard field goal in the third quarter, and then hit a 21-yarder with 2:35 left that pushed the Bucs lead to eight points.
Former Utah safety Eric Weddle had a big day for the Rams in the loss. Weddle led Los Angeles with 15 tackles and also broke up two passes.
Former Utah State receiver JoJo Natson had a 22-yard kick-off return for the Rams.
Seattle Seahawks 27, Arizona Cardinals 10
Former Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner led the Seahawks to a dominant defensive performance in Seattle’s win over the Cardinals. Wagner had a team-high 11 tackles to help Seattle hold Arizona to just 10 points.
Former BYU Cougar Ziggy Ansah had a sack and five tackles for the Seahawks.
Jacksonville Jaguars 26, Denver Broncos 24
Former Utah running back Devontae Booker returned three kickoffs for a total of 69 yards for the Broncos. He had a long of 25 yards.