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Predicting the Detroit Lions’ starting defense for Week 18 matchup vs. Packers

The Detroit Lions defense still has quite a way to go before they can be considered an elite unit, but, that being said, they have most definitely come a long way since earlier in the season when they were the worst unit in football. The defense's final regular season test comes on Sunday Night Football when the Lions travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers. With a victory, coupled with a Seattle Seahawks loss, the Lions would earn a playoff berth.

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Who will start for the Detroit Lions' defense against the Packers?

Here is what we think the Detroit Lions starting defense will look like on Sunday night against the Packers.

DT – Alim McNeil

DT/NT – Isaiah Buggs

DE – Aidan Hutchinson

DE – John Cominsky

LB – Alex Anzalone

LB – Malcolm Rodriguez

CB – Jeff Okudah (Questionable)

CB – Jerry Jacobs

CB – Will Harris

S – DeShon Elliott

S- Kerby Joseph

Over the past 9 weeks, the Lions' defense, according to the advanced DVOA stats, is the No. 17 unit in the entire NFL, which is much better than the No. 32 ranking they had from Week 1 through Week 8. Let's hope they can continue their success on Sunday Night Football against the Packers.

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