Fantasy impact: Funchess has been targeted 25 times in the last three games after seeing just two passes thrown his way in the season opener.
The 10-yard touchdown put the Panthers up by a touchdown, and represented what Funchess described as the toughest catch of his career - "from high school on".
"It does a lot for the team, when we can score and control the ball, we feel like we have a chance every week".
It's a string of two impressive outings for the Panthers offense recently defeating the Patriots in Foxborough (week 4), and now the Lions. At least they were until they were abruptly dethroned by the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in a 27-24 defeat. Dickson had 152 yards in the first half alone, then added a 23-yard catch on Carolina's first possession of the third quarter.
Rookie back Christian McCaffrey notched his first career TD on a 6-yard shovel pass, and Detroit-area native Devin Funchess scored vs. his hometown team when Newton rocketed a 10-yard pass to him in the back of the end zone. He was electric in Detroit on Sunday, throwing for 355 yards, 10.76 YPA and three touchdowns, while not turning the ball over once.
The first quarter seemed to relay the notion of how evenly matched these two teams are as both teams hit in a deadlock.
Lions: Play at New Orleans next Sunday.
Two straight weeks of going from sitting on a cushion to squirming in their seats is a bit disconcerting, but it happened against arguably the game's two most clutch quarterbacks: the much celebrated rally troupe of Tom Brady and the Patriots, followed by the underappreciated comeback crew of Matthew Stafford and the Lions.
"He's getting healthier", Rivera said. While that helps prevent mistakes and takes advantage of the strengths of players like Golden Tate and Theo Riddick, it also doesn't leave much room for error. Zenner rushed for four touchdowns last season. "I'm thinking about what we need to do to get the win next week".
If Ngata misses time, the Lions will rely more on Akeem Spence and Jeremiah Ledbetter opposite A'Shawn Robinson. "My sarcasm trying to give somebody kind of a compliment turned in ways I never would have even imagined", he said. He has led his team to a 3-2 record early on, and should keep his team in the playoff hunt the rest of the way. "I didn't know until I got into the building the next day".
'I spoke with him after and it was worse, ' she wrote.
"I'm a man who tries to be a positive role model to my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others".
"But the third-and-ones, the fourth-and-ones, the third-and-one we threw it, and obviously the fourth-and-one we couldn't get an inch".