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Charles Rogers

WR Charles Rogers vs. S Dexter Jackson: This is the matchup every Lions fan wants to see. LB Boss Bailey vs. TE Freddie Jones: Being the only legitimate receiving threat Arizona has, Freddie Jones is likely going to be looked at as a safety valve for QB Jeff Blake. More inside.

WR Charles Rogers vs. S Dexter Jackson

This is the matchup every Lions fan wants to see. The number two overall pick in the draft has been brought into Detroit to be the number one reciever. Everyone is expecting big things from him with his combination of speed and size, especially when going up against a defense like Arizona. But Dexter Jackson will not make things easy. Sherm Lewis and Steve Mariucci need to work hard at trying to hide Rogers from the Arizona defense, most notably Jackson. If they can use Rogers at different spots they will see results.

LB Boss Bailey vs. TE Freddie Jones

Being the only legitimate receiving threat Arizona has, Freddie Jones is likely going to be looked at as a safety valve for QB Jeff Blake. If they can get a running game going with RB Emmitt Smith, it's likely they open it up with playaction to Jones. Boss Bailey has the speed to keep up with most receivers in the league, but has struggled in the preseason. His main assignment will be to cover Jones, and it will be interesting to see the match-up, not only in coverage but in situations where Jones has to block on blitz assignments.

Detroit Defensive Line vs. Arizona Offensive Line

With the addition of DT Dan Wilkinson and DE Kalimba Edwards adding muscle in the off-season, Detroit enters the season with a bolstered front four. Shaun Rogers also looks like he will return to rookie form, where he put up Pro Bowl-like numbers. Former Arizona QB Jake Plummer was sacked 36 times last year behind Arizona's line, and OL Leonard Davis may not even play this contest. If Detroit can get some heat on Jeff Blake, it would help a secondary that is hurting with the loss of Chris Cash. The advantage is definately in Detroit's favor.

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