The Green Bay Packers are tired of coming up short every season. They have not been back to the Super Bowl since 2010 and last season was a low point as they finished the year with a 7-9 record, their first losing season since 2008.

In the Packers' defense, Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in Week Six which led to the team going with Brett Hundley as the starting QB. Hundley had his share of issues, but the defense did not do the Packers any favors as they were ranked near the bottom of the NFL in nearly every major category.

That led to the Packers hiring Mike Pettine to the be the defensive coordinator and the team also signed defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson and Tramon Williams this offseason. The defense will not be on the same level as the offense, but the group has a chance to turn things around in a big way this season. Here's a look at bold predictions for the Packers defense in 2018.

Jaire Alexander will lead the Packers in interceptions

Alexander was the Packers No. 1 pick in the draft this year and he made an impact during the offseason workouts as he reportedly intercepted Aaron Rodgers multiple times. The former Louisville cornerback only had one interception last year, but he was dealing with multiple injuries. In 2016, Alexander posted five interceptions which led to him earn national recognition. He will likely be the starter at nickel cornerback, and if that happens he could notch four or five interceptions.

Kenny Clark will have more sacks than Mike Daniels

Daniels has emerged as one of the best 3-4 defensive linemen in the NFL. But Clark may have had a better 2017 season than Daniels as he finished with more tackles and had one half less sack. Clark recorded 4.5 sacks in the month of December after not recording any sacks beforehand. Daniels will likely get around five or six sacks but based on they way Clark finished the 2017 season, it would make sense for him to continue the momentum into this year and have an eight or nine-sack season.

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Clay Matthews will record 12 sacks

Matthews is no stranger to double-digit sack seasons, but he hasn't had one since 2014. Despite the lack of production, Matthews is still the team's best edge rusher and that will not change this year. Pettine will put Matthews in different positions this year so he will have a better chance to make plays. So if Matthews can remain healthy all season, there's no reason he can't get at least 12 sacks this season.

Packers will be a top-10 defense

I've said it's likely the Packers will be a top-15 defense under Pettine, but I don't think the new Packers DC would allow that. When Pettine was the defensive coordinator for the Jets and the Bills, his defenses were ranked in the top 10 each year in terms of yards allowed. The Packers have the talent to be a top 10 unit, it's just a matter of having the right leader and Pettine fits the bill. And if the Packers defense is a top 10 group, there's no reason the Packers can't make another Super Bowl run.