The Carolina Panthers will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in their home opener at Bank of America Stadium. We still aren’t exactly sure who will be the starting quarterback against the Bucs. Matt Moore got himself knocked out of last week’s Giants loss late in the fourth quarter and is listed as “day to day” as he recovers from that blow to the head.
The word is Moore only suffered a slight concussion and could be back on the field Sunday. It may be a good thing if he can’t remember much about Sunday’s game. Moore’s three interceptions were atrocious. All three were terrible throws and all three were intercepted in the end zone costing the Panthers points. If Moore can convert just one of those three passes to a guy on his team and settle for field goals on the other two possessions it’s a tie game. Moore committed the cardinal sin of any quarterback: he took his team out of the game.
If Moore can’t go Sunday we will see rookie Jimmy Clausen make his first pro start. Clausen didn’t look great on Sunday, but then again he was inserted into the game with his back against the goal line and the Giants defense pinning its ears back every play.
With or without Moore, the Panthers need to win Sunday. The Bucs are the only team in the division the Panthers may actually be better than. There aren’t many games that look like wins on the Panthers schedule; this is one of the few.