Finally, the Chicago Bears have won a game!
DJ Moore and the Bears defeated the Washington Commanders on Thursday night with a score of 40-20. This victory came as a breath of fresh air for the Bears, as it broke their streak of 14 consecutive losses since October 24, 2022.
In this win, Moore achieved his career-high of 230 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Justin Fields had his best game of the young season with 282 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Chicago played with determination, establishing a commanding lead of 27-3 in the first half and looking more like a confident team than a struggling one. The 40 points scored by the Bears are their highest total since December 27, 2020.
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Here are the stars of Thursday night football, winners and losers:
DJ Moore’s Career Night
There’s no doubt that Moore was the star of the night. The talented Bears’ wideout managed to secure eight receptions for an impressive 230 yards and found the end zone thrice.
Moore had never played a game with over 200 yards or three touchdowns before, and he chose to do it in a spectacular night in the nation’s capital.
Justin Fields Shines
Fields arguably had his most impressive game of the season. The Bears’ quarterback was poised and looked comfortable leading Chicago’s offense. He completed 29 of 45 passes for 282 yards, with no interceptions, resulting in a passer rating of 125.3.
Fields now has back-to-back games with a passer rating of over 120.
Bears CB Greg Stroman Jr. Gets INT
Stroman Jr. contributed to the win with seven tackles, a sack, and an interception.
Bears Fans Can Celebrate
Bears fans have been waiting for nearly a year to see their team win a football game. The streak of 14 consecutive losses since October 24, 2022, has finally been broken. Bears fans can finally celebrate, perhaps with some deep-dish pizza, a Chicago-style favorite.
Commanders’ First Half Performance
The Commanders had a disappointing performance in the first half.
By the end of the first half, the Bears had left the Commanders trailing far behind, with a score of 307 to 49 in total yards.
The crowd at FedExField also showed their frustration as the Commanders trailed 27-3 at halftime and headed for the locker room.
Commanders Secondary Couldn’t Stop DJ Moore
The Commanders’ secondary couldn’t stop the Bears’ versatile receiver, DJ Moore, in any way. Whether it was man coverage or zone, they couldn’t contain Moore. Moore had a career night against Washington’s struggling defense.
Commanders Missed Kicker Joey Slye’s Clutch FG
In the fourth quarter, with 5:14 left on the clock, kicker Joey Slye missed a 46-yard field goal that could have made a difference in the game.
Slye made three field goals during the night, but he missed a clutch field goal attempt that could have turned the tide in their favor.
Home Fans for the Commanders
The Commanders started the regular season with a 1-2 record. Thursday night was Washington’s first primetime game of the year, and they were already frustrated with the victorious Bears club.
Bears vs. Commanders Highlights
Receiver DJ Moore had a career night, and the Bears broke their 14-game losing streak. Justin Fields matched his career-high with four touchdown passes as the Bears put off-field drama aside with a crucial win. In the meantime, Washington suffered their third consecutive loss after starting the season 2-0.
Magic Johnson Critiques Commanders’ Game
NBA legend Magic Johnson, who is a part of the ownership group of Washington Commanders, criticized the team’s performance after their loss to the victorious Bears.
On this evening, the Commanders took to the field without displaying any form of vigor or assertiveness.
We didn’t compete in the first half, and we were trailing 27-3 at halftime. It was such a big hole that we couldn’t dig out of, and that’s why we lost 40-20,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
Bears 37, Commanders 20: DJ Moore Ends Career Night with a Bang
DJ Moore’s career night continued with an astonishing finish. Just after Joey Slye’s missed 46-yard field goal attempt, which could have turned it into a seven-point game, Justin Fields found Moore down the left sideline.
Kendall Fuller attempted to anticipate the route but came up short in his effort. Moore had to spin and vault into the end zone for his third touchdown of the game.
These three scores are the most in Moore’s career in any game. He has caught eight passes for 230 yards, which is now the single-game high for any NFL receiver this season. Tyreek Hill and Keenan Allen both had 215-yard attempts earlier in the season. – Chris Bumbaca