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DJ Moore chosen as NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Bears receiver DJ Moore
Bears receiver DJ Moore

Bears receiver DJ Moore has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in last Thursday night's 40-20 win over the Commanders.

Moore set career highs with 230 yards and four touchdowns on eight receptions. The 230 receiving yards were the second most in Bears history, trailing only Alshon Jeffery's 249 yards Dec. 1, 2013, in an overtime loss to the Vikings in Minnesota. They were also the most by an NFL receiver since the Bengals' Ja'Marr Chase compiled 266 yards Jan. 2, 2022.

"It feels amazing," Moore said. "I'm just all smiles right now. I want to chase another one [and] keep smiling."

Moore's previous high for yards in a game was 157 when he played for the Panthers Nov. 18, 2018, in a 20-19 loss to the Lions in Detroit.

In addition, the 6-foot, 210-pounder became just the second Bears receiver to record at least 200 yards and three TDs in a game. He joined Harlon Hill, who amassed 214 yards and four TDs on seven catches Oct. 31, 1954, in a 31-27 win over the 49ers in San Francisco.

Moore is the first Bears player to catch three TD passes in a game since Taylor Gabriel accomplished the feat Sept. 23, 2019, coincidentally in a primetime contest in Washington.

"It's exciting to have a player win that award," said coach Matt Eberflus. "Well deserved. But it comes down to the whole football team. The whole offensive squad did a nice job of executing. He doesn't get those yards and those things and all those yards without protection. And obviously Justin did a great job delivering the ball to him. It's a whole group effort and a whole group award. I know he would say that too. That's where it is. But congratulations to him."

Moore excelled from start to finish last Thursday night. On the Bears' first possession, he hauled in a 58-yard pass from Justin Fields on third-and-9 and then caught a 20-yard TD in the left corner of the end zone on third-and-14.

Moore produced the Bears' three longest plays from scrimmage with catches of 58, 56 and 39 yards. He also had receptions of 32 and 20 yards.

The 56-yarder came on a short pass from Fields late in the game. Moore reached high to catch the ball over cornerback Kendall Fuller, who gambled for an interception. Moore turned up field and raced into the end zone to extend the Bears' lead to 37-20, sealing the win with 4:09 remaining.

This is the first player of the week award Moore has won in his six-year NFL career.

The last Bears player to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week was Fields, who was honored last season following his Week 9 performance versus the Dolphins. Fields threw for three touchdowns, posted a 106.7 passer rating and set an NFL record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a game with 178.