DJ Moore led the Bears to victory on Thursday, catching three touchdown passes. Photo Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports Oct 5, 2023; Landover, Maryland, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver DJ Moore (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Commanders during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears won their first game in nearly a year on Thursday night, beating the Washington Commanders 40-20. What went right for Chicago?

DJ Moore.

Quarterback Justin Fields targeted Moore throughout the game, with largely tremendous results. Leading 30-20 in the fourth quarter, Fields targeted Moore one final time. Moore, who already had seven receptions for 174 yards with two touchdowns at that point, put the game away.

Amazingly, Moore’s eight-catch, 230-yard, three-touchdown night should have been even better. He lost several potential yards and another possible touchdown on a play where he was ruled out of bounds, despite seemingly not even being that close.

Despite that, Moore had a mammoth day. And football fans showered him with well-earned praise.

Moore’s usage in Chicago has been a talking point throughout the young season. But one thing has been abundantly clear. When Fields has thrown the ball Moore’s way, big things have happened.

Both Fields and the Bears have largely struggled this season. Thursday’s victory moved Chicago to only 1-4 on the season. Certainly, Fields and the Bears both have a long way to go to prove that they’re pointed in the right direction.

But for both quarterback and team, sending the ball Moore’s way seems like a great way to get things turned around.

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