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DJ Moore: 'Felt like it was' best game of NFL career

Statistically, DJ Moore's performance in Thursday night's 40-20 win over the Washington Commanders was the best of his six-year NFL career.

It also seemed that way to the Bears receiver, who established career highs with 230 yards and three touchdowns on eight receptions at FedExField.

"I felt like it was," Moore said. "People were like, 'Do you know how many yards you got?' And I was like, 'Please don't tell me. Let's not jinx tonight and let's focus on this win.' But when we got off the field it was all everybody telling me what I did, and it was good.

Moore's 230 receiving yards were the second most in Bears history, trailing only Alshon Jeffery's 249 yards Dec. 1, 2013, at Minnesota. They were also the most by an NFL receiver since the Bengals' Ja'Marr Chase compiled 266 yards Jan. 2, 2022. Moore's previous high for yards in a game was 157 when he played for the Panthers in a 20-19 loss to the Lions in Detroit on Nov. 18, 2018.

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.

Moore excelled from start to finish 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. 

Asked about the tone-setting 58-yarder, Moore said: "It was a double move and we hit it. We connected. He pressed and I won. Justin just threw it out there and the rest is history."

Check out the best images—taken by Bears photographers—from Thursday night's 40-20 victory over the Commanders at FedExField.

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. 

"Justin just put it in a good spot," Moore said. "The DB was trying to jump it. He threw it out to where I could catch it and it was off to the races." 

Asked about his thoughts on the play, Moore said: "Run fast and score. Have fun with it but score at the same time. It felt amazing to get the first win under our belts and having that momentum going into the next game." 

Moore revealed that he felt unusually nervous about Thursday night's game throughout the day. 

"[Thursday] morning I was nervous—out of this world nervous—so I guess that was my body telling me we were about to go off," he said. "I look forward to having some nervous days before games. 

"I'm pretty nervous before every game, but not like [Thursday night]. I guess it was because it was a primetime game. You never want to mess up on big-time TV, so that was a whole thing."

After being targeted a total of 11 times in the Bears' first three games, Moore has been targeted eight times in each of the last two contests against the Broncos and Commanders. He has caught five TD passes in the last three contests, the most in any three-game stretch in his career. 

"I mean the plays speak for themselves," Moore said. "I'm not really too worried about if I get the ball a lot or anything like that. But when I get the ball, I just want to be able to make a positive play out of it. I mean, that's what's been happening, so I'm looking forward to it."