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Panthers' Jimmy Clausen to start

Carolina Panthers coach John Fox said Monday that Jimmy Clausen will start at quarterback Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Yasinkas ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas writes about all things NFC South in his division blog.

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Fox benched quarterback Matt Moore on Sunday in the fourth quarter of the Panthers' 20-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Moore, who has committed six turnovers and produced two touchdowns in two games, said Sunday he couldn't "put my finger on" what's gone wrong after he threw eight TD passes and one interception in a 4-1 finish last season that ended Jake Delhomme's seven-year hold on the starting job.

"I don't know what the biggest difference is," said Moore, who was booed in the first quarter, had trouble finding receivers and completed just 6 of 16 passes for 125 yards, one interception and one lost fumble.

Moore, who started despite suffering a concussion in a Week 1 loss, completed just 6 of 16 passes for 125 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Clausen completed as many passes as Moore did all day on his first drive, but it ended with Jonathan Stewart stuffed shy of the goal line with Carolina trailing 20-7.

Clausen was later picked off by Aqib Talib, in his first game back from suspension, and finished 7 of 13 for 59 yards.

Clausen starred at Notre Dame and was taken by the Panthers with the 48th overall pick after a surprising slide in the draft.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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No, but I bet they now wish they would've went for Vick in the offseason like I suggested!

Do you think that Vick would be as good for the Panthers as he has been for the Eagles? Those Eagles have a ton of receivers that are catching everything even remotely thrown their way.

I will say this though, Vick is electrifying again. Easily the most dynamic Qb of the last two weeks.

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:) Double Trouble finally returns this week. For some reason they've not been using Stewart much, despite him being somewhat productive with 2-3 touches a game.

Clausen will dink and dunk with the best of them. Something that Moore, for some reason, wasn't doing at all. He'd sit in the pocket for what felt like forever looking for that deep pass.

One thing will be for sure. If Clausen has even a bad game but shows potential....... the media will be all over him with a little praise here and there. If he has an average game, he'll be hyped up beyond belief. If he has a good game, watch out, he'll be labeled the second coming of Drew Brees.

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:) Double Trouble finally returns this week. For some reason they've not been using Stewart much, despite him being somewhat productive with 2-3 touches a game.

Clausen will dink and dunk with the best of them. Something that Moore, for some reason, wasn't doing at all. He'd sit in the pocket for what felt like forever looking for that deep pass.

One thing will be for sure. If Clausen has even a bad game but shows potential....... the media will be all over him with a little praise here and there. If he has an average game, he'll be hyped up beyond belief. If he has a good game, watch out, he'll be labeled the second coming of Drew Brees.

HANG IN THERE, THE SEASON IS YOUNG, AND SO IS CLAUSEN. THEY JUST MIGHT GROW .... "TOGETHER."

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HANG IN THERE, THE SEASON IS YOUNG, AND SO IS CLAUSEN. THEY JUST MIGHT GROW .... "TOGETHER."

Growing pains happen. I'd rather lose with a rookie at qb though, honestly. Less embarrassing to lose with a rookie at the helm than a guy that has been in the league for a few years and is just not even trying. Probably how the Bucs felt last season and the Falcons in '07

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Growing pains happen. I'd rather lose with a rookie at qb though, honestly. Less embarrassing to lose with a rookie at the helm than a guy that has been in the league for a few years and is just not even trying. Probably how the Bucs felt last season and the Falcons in '07

THE KID JUST MIGHT DO VERY WELL. YOU'VE GOT

THE RUNNING GAME TO HELP HIM. WHEN YOUR TEAM

GIVES YOU ALL ITS GOT ... THERE IS NO EMBARRASSMENT! B)

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I would be surprised with this move on paper, but after watching Moore in games, it just looks like he has no control at all. He doesn't seem to have a great feel for the offense, and the timing is way off. That, and the running game has been largely abandoned for some reason. There are rumblings that Stewart, who is constantly banged up due to his ankle and heel issues, is getting limited touches because of something nagging, but it might have more to do with Otah's absence and a decreased ability to run block. Either way, the run game needs to be a MUCH bigger part of the offense.

I think Clausen can succeed. He's shown, in limited time, a better command, more timing, and he puts more emphasis on getting the ball to Smith. I hope Moore sticks around, he's a fantastic backup, but I think that knowing he had a starting NFL job on the line, with the 50 million bucks that comes with it, was a bit much. Honestly, there are only twenty legitimate starting quarterbacks in the NFL at any given moment. If we've decided Moore isn't one, I like the idea to move on to the next one and look at him.

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