Rookie QB Jimmy Clausen (0-3) will start for the Panthers while Mike Goodson will make his first start at running back for the Panthers. In addition, Jon Beason moves back to his old spot at middle linebacker, and Nic Harris, a castoff from the Bills, will start at weak-side linebacker.
Clausen might be OK because the Bucs have only six sacks this season. First-round pick DT Gerald McCoy, the third overall pick, remains sackless. In fact, Bucs are on pace to finish with one of the lowest sack totals in NFL history. Clausen, who has completed eight passes for 99 yards to Steve Smith in three games, must get Smith more involved and be quick about it. Bucs CB Aqib Talib will be focusing on Smith all day.