The Chicago Bears are getting plenty of respect from one of its division rivals ahead of Sunday’s NFC North clash with the Detroit Lions.
Lions head coach Dan Campbell knows the challenge the Bears present. Despite what Chicago’s record says, this is a team still capable of giving opponents headaches on both sides of the ball.
When analyzing the Bears, Campbell sees a lot of similarities with his group from last season.
“Well, I think – look, this team is very much like we were last year in this time of year, when you turn on the tape and watch them, they’re playing now,” Campbell said. “They play hard. And so, they’re giving themselves a chance. They are getting takeaways on defense. They have a legitimate threat at the quarterback position over there as a runner.”
The first time these two teams met this season the Lions squeaked out a 31-30 win in Soldier Field. It was a hard-fought battle, though the Bears blew a 24-10 halftime lead. Fields totaled four touchdowns in the contes, flashing his unique skillset with 147 rushing yards.
After the November scare, the Lions know that Chicago isn’t going to roll over this weekend. The Bears want to knock the Lions out of playoff contention.
“We understand that, so when you have that, man, this opponent’s going to be ready to go and I still think – like you have to treat this no different than the Buffalo Bills as far as we’re concerned. And it’s going to come down to the wire,” Campbell continued.
The Bears are currently listed as six-point underdogs, per BetMGM. However, if Fields and this offense can get going on the ground, the Lions and its 28th ranked rush defense could be in for a long day.
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