The Chicago Bears defeated the Washington Commanders 40-20 on Thursday night at FedExField to earn their first win of the season. DJ Moore had the best game of his career, catching eight passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bears’ offensive attack.
Justin Fields threw four touchdown passes for the second straight game, and the defense registered a season-high five sacks and two takeaways.
The Bears dominated on both sides of the ball in the first half, scoring on all five of their possessions and holding the Commanders to just 84 yards. The Commanders outscored the Bears 17-3 in the second half to narrow the gap, but Moore’s third touchdown reception put the game away in the fourth quarter.
With the win, the Bears snapped a 14-game losing streak dating back to last season.
Moore Has a Career Game
DJ Moore had the most prolific game of his NFL career on Thursday night, catching eight passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns. His 230 yards were a career-high and the second most in Bears history, trailing only Alshon Jeffery’s 249 yards in a 2013 game in Minnesota.
Moore had four catches for 126 yards and one TD in the first quarter and added a second touchdown in the second period to help the Bears build a 27-3 halftime lead. He then sealed the win—after the Commanders had narrowed the gap to 30-20—with a 56-yard touchdown reception with 4:09 remaining.
Fields Continue to Improve
Justin Fields continued to show improvement in his second season as the Bears’ starting quarterback. He threw four touchdown passes for the second straight game, completing 15 of 29 passes for 282 yards with no turnovers and a 125.3 passer rating. Fields also rushed for 57 yards on 11 carries.
Defense Steps Up
The Bears defense played its best game of the season on Thursday night, registering a season-high five sacks and two takeaways. Khalil Mack had two sacks, and Roquan Smith had one sack and one interception.
The defense also held the Commanders to just 320 yards of total offense.
Bears Snap Losing Streak
The Bears snapped a 14-game losing streak with their victory over the Commanders. The streak was the longest in franchise history.
The Bears’ next game is against the Minnesota Vikings on October 9th at Soldier Field.