Commanders must contain D.J. Moore
Chicago Bears fans may not be thinking D.J. Moore was much of a consolation prize from the trade that sent the No. 1 pick in this year's draft to the Carolina Panthers. Yet, the wide receiver has quickly established himself as the go-to option for Justin Fields, even ahead of capable wideout Darnell Mooney.
Moore has 19 catches from 24 targets for a healthy 301 receiving yards. What's more impressive is how 15 of those receptions have gone for first downs, per Pro Football Reference.
While he's moving the chains, Moore isn't playing like a mere possession receiver. Instead, he's making plays vertically, like for this 29-yard touchdown catch against the Denver Broncos in Week 4.
Moore's ability to stretch the field is bad news for Washington Commanders' rookie cornerback Emmanuel Forbes. The No. 16 overall player taken in the 2023 NFL Draft was targeted frequently by the Philadelphia Eagles and beaten routinely by A.J. Brown, which was his welcome to the league moment.
Forbes needs a bounce-back game, and shutting down Moore would be a good start. It'll be easier if those up front can contain Fields and create as much havoc as possible versus a suspect offensive line.