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By the Numbers: Bears at Commanders | 2023 Week 5

Bears receiver DJ Moore
Bears receiver DJ Moore

Take a look at some of the notable numbers and stats from the Bears' Week 5 road victory over the Washington Commanders.

230

Receiving yards by DJ Moore, a new career high.

In his fifth outing as a Bear, Moore recorded the most receiving yards in a single game of his career. Moore's previous career high was 157 yards, which he recorded on Nov. 18, 2018 in his rookie season.

Moore's performance Thursday night marks the third time in his career he has reached 100+ yards in back-to-back games. Last Sunday, Moore had 131 yards on eight receptions with a touchdown against Denver.

The veteran's 230 receiving yards are the second-most by a Bears receiver in a single game. Alshon Jefferey holds the franchise record with 249 yards, which he recorded Dec. 1, 2013.

3

Touchdowns by Moore.

For the first time in his six-year career, Moore scored three times in a single game. Moore hauled in the Bears' first two touchdowns Thursday – a 20-yard reception in the first quarter and and 11-yard catch in the second quarter.

Moore tallied his third TD on a 56-yard pass from quarterback Justin Fields in the fourth quarter.

5

Sacks by Bears defense.

For the first time this season, the Bears defense recorded multiple sacks a game, as five different defenders reached quarterback Sam Howell for a total loss of 29 yards.

Cornerback Greg Stroman Jr., linebacker T.J. Edwards and defensive ends DeMarcus Walker, Rasheem Green and Yannick Ngakoue all recorded sacks. Stroman's sack was the first of his career while Walker, Edwards and Green picked up their first as Bears.

Thursday was the first time the Bears defense has tallied five sacks in one game since 2021.

+2

Turnover ratio.

While the Bears offense took care of the ball against the Commanders, the defense forced two takeaways in a game for the second time this year.

Stroman intercepted Howell at the Washington 36 with 2:24 left in the second quarter, marking his second pick as a Bear. The Chicago offense capitalized on the turnover with their third touchdown of the night.

Rookie cornerback Terell Smith came up with the first takeaway of his NFL career as he forced and recover a fumble by punching the ball out of the arms of Commanders tight end Logan Thomas in the third quarter.

4

Touchdown passes from Fields.

After reaching a new career high with four touchdown passes last week against the Broncos, Fields put up the same number against the Commanders, throwing three TDs to Moore and one to tight end Cole Kmet.

The last Bears QB to throw four TDs twice in a season was Jay Cutler. who achieved the feat in 2009.

24-point

Bears lead at halftime.

For the second game in a row, the Bears found their rhythm in the first half on both sides of the ball. The Bears' 27-3 lead through two quarters in Washington was the first time they have led by at least 24 points at the half since 2019.

In the first half, the Bears offense put up 307 yards and recorded 14 first downs while the defense held Washington to just 84 yards of offense and five first downs. The Commanders didn't reach the end zone once in the first half.

29

Rushing yards allowed by Bears defense.

Heading into Thursday's game, the Commanders were averaging 106.5 rushing yards per contest, with running back Brian Robinson Jr. averaging 65.3 yards on the ground.

The Bears defense shut down Washington's run game as Robinson rushed for just 10 yards on six carries. Howell had the Commanders' other 19 yards on four rushes.

On the flip side, the Bears' 178 rushing yards marked back-to-back games with over 170 yards on the ground. Running back Khalil Herbert has led the team's rushing attack the last two weeks, including 76 yards on 10 carries Thursday.

11

Quarterback hits by the Bears defense.

Along with the unit's season-high five sacks, the Bears defense was consistent in getting to Howell. Defensive tackles Justin Jones, Gervon Dexter Sr. and Walker all recorded two QB hits.

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