The Carolina Panthers had to be impressed with the rookie's performance in his first career start as he finished the game with four receptions on eight targets for 64 yards and one touchdown. To put this in perspective, Philly Brown, who Funchess replaced in the starting lineup, was not able to produce this stat line in any of the first eight games he played this season.
The Panthers have been hoping that Funchess could put it together at some point this season, especially when Kelvin Benjamin went down with the knee injury. This offense needed a big target on the outside for Cam Newton and with Funchess producing it really helps opening up the rest of the offense.
There wasn't a great deal of fanfare when the Panthers signed safety Kurt Coleman this offseason but he has been a key contributor for one of the top defenses in the NFL.
For the second week in a row, Coleman was able to pick off the opposing quarterback and now has four on the season. He is tied for the team lead with Josh Norman and is only one interception away from being tied for the league lead with four other players.
There is not a player on the Panthers who had a better day than Cam Newton. He not only threw for his career 100th touchdown, but had a career high five touchdown passes which tied the team record set by Steve Beuerlein.
While there hasn't been a great deal of critcism of Newton's play on the field but when there is, it is about his ability to throw the ball. He certainly showed against the Redskins that he is more than capable of being a pocket passer, rushing the ball only four times compared to 34 passes.
He has actually looked better the past two weeks throwing the ball, completing 70% of his passes and not throwing any interceptions. If the Panthers' quarterback is able to produce at this level, this offense is going to be incredibly tough to stop.
This was the first game reserve defensive back Colin Jones had to play nickelback. The team was without Charles Tillman against the Redskins which forced their normal nickel Bene Benwikere to play on the outside and moved Jones up to replace Benwikere.
This is a position that Jones should be familiar with as he was the team's primary nickelback at the end of last year and in the playoffs but wasn't asked to play it this year. He may have been rusty as the Redskins went at him early and connected on a deep touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to DeSean Jackson. According to Pro Football Focus, Jones was thrown at five times and gave up five receptions for 74 yards.
On Sunday, it was clear that the Panthers are much better with Tillman on the field and the sooner he can return, the better.
It was not a good week for Wes Horton as he was inactive for the game against the Redskins. This wasn't even the worse news as he found out on Monday that he will be suspended for four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.
The Panthers will be getting Charles Johnson back this week, who is returning from the injured reserve with a hamstring injury. The team will now have five defensive ends and start forming their rotation for the rest of the season and hopefully into the playoffs.
A rotation that probably won't include Horton, who even prior to last week saw his playing time diminish signficantly. Barring any kind of injuries, it is hard to imagine Horton playing again this season.