The Chicago Bears crushed the Washington Commanders 40-20 on Thursday Night Football. Music was playing in the Bears locker room after a win for the first time in nearly a year, and players were dancing and jumping for joy.
For many, this entire effort was thanks to Justin Fields and DJ Moore being perfectly in sync.
Fields and Moore were brilliant for Chicago
Fields and Moore connected eight times for 230 yards and three touchdowns to give the beleaguered Bears their first win of the season.
The Bears, led by Fields and Moore, beat the Washington Commanders 40-20 on Thursday night, hours after the death of franchise great Dick Butkus was reported.
Relief was palpable at the end of a streak of 14 consecutive losses dating back to last season, since Oct. 24, 2022, the last time the Bears won a game.
All the off-field drama that the organization had been mired in for weeks faded away in the moments of celebration.
Moore expressed his amazement at achieving the first victory and emphasized the importance of keeping that sense of triumph alive.
Fields threw four touchdown passes to match his personal record set last week, this time in a winning effort as Chicago led by 24 points at halftime and, unlike Sunday, held on.
Commanders coach Ron Rivera praised the young soccer player's skills.
This one's for 51 💙 pic.twitter.com/NemgCDBc6f
- Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 6, 2023
The Key to Chicago's Victory
Fields threw for 282 yards and ran for 57 yards, including a run for a first down late in the third quarter after fumbling the ball to himself following a high snap.
Moore had 137 yards receiving in the first half alone, becoming the first Bears player to surpass 125 yards before halftime since at least 2000 and eventually reaching a personal record.
Moore admitted that he felt extremely nervous this morning, almost as if he was about to embark on a great adventure.
The Bears also had a defensive performance that seemed a fitting way to honor Butkus, the fearsome Hall of Fame linebacker who passed away at age 80 earlier Thursday.
Chicago forced two turnovers and caught Washington quarterback Sam Howell five times, bouncing back from a loss to Denver where they suffered the loss of a 21-point lead.
Washington lost its third straight game, this time struggling with missed tackles and broken defensive coverage, and again failed to force a turnover.
Along with Howell's interception, there was another reason the Commanders were booed off the field at halftime by fans who once again filled FedEx Field to another full house.
The second-half comeback attempt fell short, hampered by Logan Thomas' fumble, a subsequent red zone stop and Joey Slye's missed 46-yard field goal attempt with five minutes remaining.
Washington got within 10 points, but could not break its losing streak and hold off Chicago.
The Bears now get ready to face the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on Sunday, October 15. For the Commanders, one more chance against the Atlanta Falcons will be essential to end a consecutive losing streak.