DJ Moore and Justin Fields connected eight times for 230 yards and three scores in the win. Their efforts landed them the first and fourth spots on the. Though if weighted by snap counts, they could arguably be Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.
DJ fn’inggggggg Mooreeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!
— Darnell Mooney (@Darnell_M1) October 6, 2023
Bears’ PFF Grades Highlight Justin Fields-to-DJ Moore Connection
Teven Jenkins, Gervon Dexter Near Top of Bears’ PFF Grades
Fields (77.9 grade) was behind only left guard Teven Jenkins – who played 37 snaps to 64 for Fields – (81.2) and rookie defensive tackle Gervon Dexter Sr. (85.5 grade, 33 snaps). But one would be hard-pressed to argue that any player had a better night than the third-year passer. He has now thrown eight touchdowns to one interception over the last two weeks.
That interception also came in a comeback attempt and on a miscommunication with his intended target.
The point is that Fields emerged from the game without a turnover which has been a bugaboo of his, particularly in the fourth quarter of games. He did so despite constant pressure from a talented Commanders front-four. Washington’s rush got to Fields for three sacks on the evening.
Fields completed just 51.7% of his passes but he was decisive on all of his throws.
He did that with his offensive line posting its worst grade of the season as a unit. The line routinely gave him the time to take shots down the field, though.
Have a day, @idjmoore ‼️
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 6, 2023
Teammates have remained in Fields’ corner despite a slow start. Keyed by an emphasis on trusting his playmakers to do just that – make plays – Fields and the offense appear to have turned a corner. They will need to keep it up. They have a matchup against the NFC North rival Minnesota Vikings coming to Soldier Field in Week 6.
Bears Pass Rush Awakens
Dexter finished as the highest-graded defender. He was credited with two hits on the quarterback and four hurries. But he was not a part of the Bears’ parade of sacks on Commanders quarterback Sam Howell. Howell built upon his league-leading total and has now been sacked 29 times this season. He has taken no fewer than four sacks in any game this season.
It is the Bears’ first multi-sack game since Week 17 of last season.
It is also the most sacks they have had in a single game since Week 11 of the 2021 season, per Stathead. They entered the night with two sacks despite overhauling their defensive line, and specifically the pass rush this past offseason. And yet it was Dexter (82.1), fellow rookie Zacch Pickens (60.2), and cornerback Jaylon Jones (72.4) who received the highest grades.
Five sacks could not keep the pass rush from receiving the second-lowest mark of any unit on the evening even though three of them were by defensive linemen Rasheem Green, Yannick Ngakoue, and DeMarcus Walker.