Defensive starters for Patriots

September, 22, 2013
9/22/13
1:20
PM ET
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Defensive starters for Patriots today:

DE: Rob Ninkovich
DT: Vince Wilfork
DT: Tommy Kelly
DE: Chandler Jones
LB: Dont'a Hightower
LB: Brandon Spikes
LB: Jerod Mayo
CB: Aqib Talib
CB: Kyle Arrington
S: Steve Gregory
S: Devin McCourty

The Buccaneers opened in "21 personnel" -- two backs and one tight end -- which had the Patriots matching in the traditional base package.

When the Buccaneers added a third receiver, the Patriots subbed out safety Steve Gregory and brought cornerback Alfonzo Dennard into the game, which was a different twist.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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