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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (18) runs after catching a pass as New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) closes in during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

In advance of the matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the News Orleans Saints, which the Saints won 26-17, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looked at how the Packers lost former BYU quarterback Taysom Hill to the Saints.

"An undrafted rookie from Brigham Young, Hill had the best exhibition season of any quarterback on the Packers’ roster this summer," wrote Cohen. "He arrived as a 26-year-old project whose collegiate production was tempered by injury woes. He left as the most impressive player at his position outside of starter Aaron Rodgers."

After looking at the numbers Hill put up in the preseason, Cohen continued, "And while the sample size was small, Hill clearly had outplayed Brett Hundley and second-year man Joe Callahan. He had performed so well that it was conceivable to think Hill could have pushed Hundley for the backup job with another couple months in coach Mike McCarthy’s system."

Cohen then quoted Saints coach Sean Payton on how he began to notice Hill and the skill-set that stood out.

"In a very short amount of time, I imagine, you began to see some quick stroke, live arm, very athletic and can run — a lot of the traits you’re looking for," said Payton. "The more film we just kept watching the more we kept looking to find a reason not to (claim him) and we just trusted out instincts watching him play."

Another Cougar in the NFL, Kyle Van Noy also made headlines over the weekend after another strong performance on the field as the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons 23-7 in a Super Bowl rematch.

He was the focus of one of Gary Dzen's 5 takeaways from the Patriots win story for Boston.com.

"Sunday night marked Van Noy’s fourth straight game with seven tackles, two of those resulting in losses, and one of those blowing up Tyler Gabriel’s end-around attempt with the Falcons trying some trickery on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line early in the fourth quarter," wrote Dzen. "That play effectively put an end to Atlanta’s hopes of a comeback, and highlighted Van Noy’s emergence as a playmaker at the heart of the defense."

Here is the big fourth-down stop Dzen is talking about.

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And finally...

As much as BYU has struggled on the gridiron this season, they are still favored in Saturday's matchup with San Jose State.