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Defensive starters for the Patriots

TAMPA – Starters for the Patriots on defense tonight:

LDE – Ninkovich

DT – Wilfork

DT – Love

RDE – Jones

SLB – Hightower

MLB – Spikes

WLB – Mayo

CB – McCourty

CB – Arrington

S – Wilson

S – Gregory

In the dime package, defensive backs Ras-I Dowling and Nate Ebner came on to the field along with defensive end Jermaine Cunningham. Spikes, Hightower and Love came off.

In the nickel, Dowling was the fifth defensive back, with Hightower off.