Chicago Bears Week 16 Loser No. 3: DJ Moore
DJ Moore has been one of the best Bears of the season, if not the best. He was by far the best offseason acquisition by Ryan Poles and has given the Bears the wide receiver one that they have been looking for. With that said, Sunday against the Cardinals was just not his day.
Since the Bears are so thin at receiver in terms of talent and experience, they had to play Moore even though he was nursing an ankle injury after an awkward tackle in the first quarter. He limped off but was able to return to action not long after, but it was clear he was not 100%. He ended the game with three catches on six targets for only 18 yards. It was his worst game of the season statistically and his lowest yardage total on the year.
The Bears need DJ Moore and Fields to be on point if they want their offense to work. Their connection has been the heart of the offense all year, and it showed how bad things could look when they are not on. Moore will surely bounce back next week if he is healthy. Against the Cardinals he was just not himself. He probably should have been able to sit out the rest of the game, considering the Bears were dominating in the first half, but in Bears fashion it ended up being a closer game than it should have, so Moore was needed.
While the playoffs are still on the mind of players as they technically have a minute chance, the real storyline at the end of the season will be the lingering questions and where they stand after the next two games. The Justin Fields question will be answered in the next two games, as well as the coaching question. Against the Cardinals, things did not go as well as hoped for those who are on the ice.