4 matchups to watch as the Chicago Bears take on the Washington Commanders in Week 5

The Bears and Commanders will both try to rebound from crushing losses in Week 4.
Chicago Bears, Justin Fields
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Chicago Bears, D.J. Moore, Justin Fields
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D.J. Moore vs. the Commanders' defense

In the first half of Sunday's game, Bears fans finally saw the Justin Fields they've been wishing for. The embattled quarterback was phenomenal, torching the Broncos for 231 yards through the air. He would have ended the half with a perfect completion percentage if not for a failed Hail Mary at the halftime buzzer.

Bears fans know the rest. Luke Getsy took the ball out of Fields' hands in the second half after his costly fumble allowed the Broncos to tie the game, and the Bears played not to lose, which predictably resulted in a loss. By now, we all know that Fields will need to overcome Getsy's incompetence each week, but against the Commanders, he has a chance.

Washington's defense has been lit up in the past three weeks, surrendering 33 points to the Broncos, 37 to the Bills, and 31 to the Eagles. In each of those matchups, an opposing receiver tore the Commanders to shreds.

Broncos rookie Marvin Mims caught two balls for 113 yards and a touchdown against the Commanders in Week 2. Stefon Diggs pulled in eight grabs for 111 yards in Week 3, and A.J. Brown went off for nine catches, 175 yards, and two touchdowns last week.

The Commanders can be beaten through the air, and the Bears have shown that when they get the ball to D.J. Moore, good things happen. The former Panther looked great against Denver, with eight catches for 134 yards and a touchdown.

It's normally not advisable to force the ball to a receiver, but if Justin Fields targets D.J. Moore less than ten times, something went terribly wrong. Stick with what works and get the ball to your best playmaker.