Carolina's first drive ended with a thud Sunday, as Mike Goodson (in his first NFL start) fumbled the ball away to Tampa Bay on the Carolina 47.
Goodson actually began promisingly, carrying the ball three times for 15 yards on the Panthers' first three plays. Then came a 7-yard pass to Steve Smith. But on 2nd-and-3, Goodson took a clean hit from the Bucs' Gerald McCoy and the ball quickly popped out. So much for a quick start from the Panthers.