The late heroics were necessary thanks to Fitzpatrick, who was starting after Jameis Winston was benched.
B Offensive line: This was a tough test for Carolina's line, and they struggled in the second half to contain Tampa Bay's pressure. "We knew that, I said it before and I say it with so much respect for Tampa, those guys are extremely comfortable with playing [from] behind".
The Buccaneers can expect to see a heavy dose of speedy rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore. However, in his last three starts the Bucs have been outscored 103-27 in the opening half. "Ryan had one [bad play] there in the first half - an overthrow on that one interception that we'd like to have back - but did a good job of leading us back".
"Those guys are extremely comfortable with playing (from) behind", Newton said after rolling out to a 35-7 lead on the Bucs, then seeing that dwindle to seven points in the fourth quarter of what ended up a 42-28 Panthers win. Winston, who's thrown 10 interceptions in four games, is 1-2.
A Running backs: Christian McCaffrey had his first game with two rushing touchdowns. He almost rallied the Bucs back last week against Cincinnati after replacing Winston, but the comeback fell short with the Bengals holding on for a 37-34 win.
"It's frustrating, but that's on the players".
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Here's what Nate Davis had to say about the Panthers this week. Mistakes on offense and special teams contributed to falling by 28 in the second quarter.
"We're in this pattern, that we go out, we get behind, we get killed in the second quarter, then we rally like hell in the third quarter and then everybody thinks we're back in it and then we fade off at the end", Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said about his team's rally in the third that ultimately fell short. "On those five straight drives where they scored, on three of those drives we put them in frightful field position with an interception, two sacks, a punt return and a fake punt".
"Having the turnover right away didn't help with any sort of momentum, especially on the road", Fitzpatrick said.
Fitzpatrick had no fewer than two receivers open on the play.
"I just wanted to come out here and prove myself", Bradberry said. "We're just not a very consistent team and not a consistent offense right now".