It’s not every day that teams here opposing coaches speak so highly of upcoming opponents. However, Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell has been singing the Chicago Bears’ praises this week.

Campbell spoke highly of Bears quarterback Justin Fields earlier in the week. Campbell eluded to Fields’ running abilities as a potential problem for the Lions’ 28th ranked rush defense.

Fields played well in the first meeting this season. However, Campbell is hyper-focused on the opposite side of the ball this week.

Campbell highlighted two pieces on the Bears’ defense that have the ability to wreak havoc on the Lions’ high-powered offense.

“I think (Nicholas) Morrow’s playing very well at linebacker. I think this D-line’s playing pretty good. (Justin Jones) is – there’ll be some double teams, he gets lifted and all of a sudden, he’s out of the double team, and he’s making a tackle for a loss or he’s getting a one-yard gain.”

Chicago’s defense has been decimated by injuries and trades throughout the season. That being said, Bears head coach Matt Eberflus, who has a defensive background, has been able to give opposing quarterbacks a bit of trouble.

“They are opportunistic, but I think collectively, when you watch them, they play hard, and they’re pretty sound. I think Coach (Eberflus) over there does a good job,” Campbell added.

The first matchup came down to the wire, though the Lions edged out Chicago with a late score, winning 31-30. The Bears are looking to dodge the season sweep with a timely victory.

With nothing left to really play for Chicago has an opportunity to spoil the Lions’ postseason chances with an upset. After all, the Bears don’t have any interest in making new friends if it comes with the cost of losing.

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