Kyle Van Noy, LB
Actually, the whole linebacker crew are key factors in this game.
Not only do Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower have to spy and contain Allen, they have to also make sure they tackle a very tough runner in Frank Gore and help contain the quickness of running back Devin Singletary.
Those three factors are really the only way the Patriots lose this game as they will want to force Josh Allen to stand in the pocket and throw.
If they limit the run early, Kyle Van Noy and the pass rush will get to Allen and may even force a turnover or two. With the lack of respect the defense received in Pro Bowl voting, they will be out to make a statement in this game and you better believe Van Noy will be in the middle of it all.
Prediction: Kyle Van Noy has two sacks in the game and forces a turnover.