The Detroit Lions' defense still has quite a way to go before they can be considered a great unit, but, that being said, they have most definitely come a long way since Week 1. The defense's next test comes on Saturday afternoon when the Lions travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to take on the Carolina Panthers. With a victory, the Lions will move to 8-7 on the season, and their NFL playoff hopes will remain very much alive. In fact, a win over the Panthers would raise the Lions' playoff chances to 61% (not including the results of other games). A loss would lower their chances to 19% (not including the results of other games). Here is what we think the Lions starting defense will look like on Saturday against the Panthers.
Who will start for the Detroit Lions' defense against the Panthers?
Here is what we believe the Detroit Lions starting defense will look like on Saturday afternoon against the Carolina Panthers.
DT – Alim McNeil
DT/NT – Isaiah Buggs
DE – Aidan Hutchinson
DE – John Cominsky
LB – Alex Anzalone
LB – Malcolm Rodriguez
CB – Jeff Okudah
CB – Jerry Jacobs
CB – Will Harris
S – C.J. Moore (DeShon Elliott is OUT with an injury)
S- Kerby Joseph
Over the past 7 weeks, the Lions' defense, according to the advanced DVOA stats, is the No. 10 unit in the entire NFL! Let's hope they can continue their success on Sunday against the Jets.