Chicago Bears Week 8 Winner No. 3: D.J. Moore
While D.J. Moore did not have any sort of special game, the plays that he makes each week show what kind of star player he is. The fact that he can turn a five-yard slant or curl route into a big play at any given moment is just one of the things that makes him so special. Bears fans were fired up at Luke Getsy for not dialing up more plays to get Moore involved, and they were just in their feelings.
The offense needs to just let Moore do his thing. If they cannot protect him enough to get him the ball on a deep shot, utilize him out of the backfield, or continue to use him in the quick pass game. There were a couple of plays designed for both running backs and the full-back in this game that would have had a much higher chance of success if Moore was the one used in that situation.
Moore has been so good whenever he has had his name called this year, with both Bagent and Fields throwing the ball. While the big play potential is not quite there with Bagent playing quarterback, they still need to get him the ball in space and let him do his thing after the catch. His ability to shed tacklers and combine strength and elusiveness is a weapon that needs to be used more. A player like Moore can make the life of a D-II undrafted free-agent rookie quarterback a lot easier, especially against a defense with star talent like the Chargers.
The Chicago Bears did not have much to be happy about after another embarrassing loss on national television, but a few key players continued to show their value. The talent disparity on this team between the star players and the rest of the team is clear. This means the Bears will have to continue to rely on their star players heavily in order to give the team a chance to remain in games.