DJ Moore had the most productive game of his NFL career at FedExField on Thursday night, helping the Chicago Bears to their first victory of the year.
The seasoned receiver helped the Bears defeat the Washington Commanders 40-20 with eight receptions for 230 yards and three scores. Moore racked up 230 yards, which ranked second in Bears history after Alshon Jeffery’s 249 yards in a 2013 game in Minnesota. This was a career-high for Moore.
Moore contributed to the Bears’ 27-3 halftime advantage with four receptions for 126 yards and one touchdown in the first quarter and another in the second.
After the Commanders had closed the margin to 30-20, he then secured the victory with a 56-yard touchdown reception with 4:09 left.
For the second game in a row, Justin Fields completed 15 of 29 throws for 282 yards with no interceptions and a passer rating of 125.3. He also ran for 57 yards on 11 carries.
In addition, the defense contributed with a season-high five sacks and two takeaways.
In the first half, the Bears (1-4) controlled play on both sides of the ball. Their offense scored in each of its five possessions, with three touchdown throws from Fields standing out. Only 84 yards were allowed by the defense, and a first down wasn’t given until the Bears had a 17-0 advantage early in the second quarter.
To start the second half, the Commanders outscored the Bears 17-3, closing the score to 30-20 early in the fourth quarter. Moore then came back with another spectacular play to seal the victory, jumping high over Kendall Fuller at cornerback to catch a Fields ball and running 56 yards down the left sideline.
The Bears’ victory ended a 14-game losing streak that had been going on since the previous season.
Fields’ 20-yard touchdown pass to Moore in the left corner of the end zone on third-and-14 gave the Bears a 7-0 lead on the opening drive of the game. Fields’ 58-yard connection to Moore on third-and-9 from the Chicago 26 highlighted the 6-play, 75-yard drive.