There are several layers to the Chicago Bears’ 40-20 win over the Washington Commanders.
The win is the Bears’ first since Week 7 of last season. And it saw a complete effort lead to the desired outcome. After the game, defensive lineman DeMarcus Walker was caught heading down the tunnel invoking Minnesota Vikings – and former Washington – quarterback Kirk Cousins’ most famous phrase.
“You like that,” Walker exclaimed in a video shared to X by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo who noted that Cousins is no longer there.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 6, 2023
DeMarcus Walker Quotes Kirk Cousins After Bears Beat Commanders
Cousins uttered the line numerous times throughout his tenure as the starter for the Washington franchise from 2015 to 2017. But it started with a comeback win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7 of the 2015 season.
Fittingly, Bears quarterback Justin Fields had himself yet another strong outing.
Against a Commanders defense with some teeth, at least in the front four, Fields completed 15-of-29 passes. But he threw for 282 yards and four touchdowns with DJ Moore accounting for 230 yards and three scores by himself. Fields also connected with Cole Kmet for a score after the tight end had the hat trick in Week 4.
DJ Moore: WR1
Moore was the only receiver to catch a pass on the night. But Fields and Darnell Mooney were close on several plays that would have been big.
Moore’s final score was a 56-yarder on a play that saw cornerback Kendall Fuller gamble in similar to teammate Emmanuel Forbes on one of Moore’s other scores. The Bears No. 1 wideout’s yards are the second most in a single game in team history.
The mood in the locker room was understandably fired up.
— NFL on Prime Video (@NFLonPrime) October 6, 2023
Walker was one of several players to voice their resolve amid a tumultuous start to the season, noting that the locker room could either rise to the occasion or fold.
“It’s easy to get flustered because of all the different adversity that we gotta go through,” Walker said after practice on September 27. “But all i can do is control what I can control: Getting better on my craft and my details. Bringing that energy every day and making sure guys have a positive mindset.”
Walker’s was one of five sacks for the Bears – who had just two on the season – on the night.
Bears Dedicate Win to Dick Butkus
The entire Bears Nation mourned the loss of Hall-of-Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, who passed earlier in the day at 80 years old. Butkus was a guest of honor and spoke during the season opener against the Green Bay Packers, even having some fun with the game on social media.
The organization released a statement earlier in the day, and players spoke out afterward.
“He’s a Bears legend,” Fields said during the postgame show, per Chicago sports reporter Daniel Greenberg. “He will never be forgotten. Glad we got the dub tonight.”
Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields said on Amazon Prime that tonight they played for Dick Butkus. “He’s a Bears legend. He will never be forgotten. Glad we got the dub tonight.”
— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) October 6, 2023
Walker has been one of the vocal leaders since the moment he arrived. And the rhetoric in the locker room was reflected on the field in Week 5. The Bears did lose running back Khalil Herbert and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds to injury so those are things to keep an eye on this week. But that is a much easier task coming off of a win like that.