The Detroit Lions pulled out a thrilling win against the Chicago Bears in Week 11, but the 31-26 escape wasn't close much of the afternoon.
Chicago dominated until the final four minutes, and only a collapse allowed Detroit to steal a victory. Such a scenario could leave revenge fresh in the mind of the Bears, but Dan Campbell isn't concerned about that element.
Instead, Campbell is focused on the matchups that hurt Detroit last time around-Justin Fields, D.J. Moore and an athletic defense that has been playing better lately.
"I'm not worried about revenge, I'm worried about what this team presents. Justin Fields, he's an issue. (D.J.) Moore, he's an issue. This defensive line is long (and) explosive. They run, they hit, they're sound. (I'm concerned with) this returner on kickoff returns (Velus) Jones. So just like any other week, it's the issues inside the game from the one-on-one matchups to the schematics."
Dan Campbell unfazed by Detroit Lions facing outdoor elements
While the previous matchup against the Bears was inside at Ford Field, this week's contest will be in the elements at Soldier Field.
Sunday's forecast calls for a partly-cloudy 35-40 degree day, with winds between 10-15 miles per hour in Chicago, with some chance of precipitation. That's likely to impact special teams and potentially the passing game. Nevertheless, Campbell believes an outdoor game presents an opportunity.
"Weather's going to play a factor in this one, but it's also a great equalizer. I love that. Turnovers and weather is a great equalizer. It puts you on a little bit more even playing ground, and I feel like that works for us too. I'm sure they feel like it works for them. It works for us too. This is going to be good. This going to be a good battle."
Sunday's game was the one bad-weather game circled on Lions' schedule back when the schedule came out in May, and it's promising to be that even though it could be whole lot worse on Dec. 10 in Chicago. Campbell's primary worry is the things his team can control on the field.