Ryan Fitzpatrick played well enough to retain the starting quarterback job in Tampa Bay for another week.

Now if "Fitzmagic" can figure out how to keep the Buccaneers from digging themselves such a big hole early in games.

Fitzpatrick replaced the struggling Jameis Winston and threw for 243 yards and four touchdowns, but it wasn't nearly enough for the Buccaneers to overcome a 28-point first-half deficit as they lost 42-28 to the host Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Fitzpatrick threw two interceptions, including one in the first quarter to Eric Reid that led to Carolina's first touchdown.

"Ryan did some good things today," said coach Dirk Koetter, who confirmed Fitzpatrick will start against the Redskins on Sunday. "We've got to play better across the board."

Vikings legend dies 

Bill Brown, the Minnesota Vikings fullback who was a four-time Pro Bowl pick in 14 seasons in the NFL, has died. He was 80.

The Vikings announced the death Sunday, before a moment of silence for Brown prior to their game against Detroit. Brown's son-in-law, former Vikings quarterback Rich Gannon, said on Twitter that Brown "passed away peacefully." Tweeted Gannon: "He was an incredible man who was so good to me and everyone he ever met!"

Drafted in the second round by the Bears in 1961 out of Illinois, Brown was traded to the Vikings after his rookie year. Nicknamed "Boom Boom" for his punishing running style, Brown is fourth in Vikings history with 5,757 rushing yards. His best season was 1974, with 1,569 total yards and 16 touchdowns in 14 games.

Injuries

The Washington Redskins lost two more offensive linemen against Atlanta.

Already without left tackle Trent Williams after right thumb surgery, Washington lost left guard Shaun Lauvao to a left knee injury and right guard Brandon Scherff to a left shoulder injury. Lauvao got hurt on the third play of the game and was taken off the sideline in a wheelchair.

The NFC East-leading Redskins had won three in a row before their 38-14 loss to the Falcons. Coach Jay Gruden said Lauvao and Scherff would have MRIs on Monday.

Denver and Miami also lost key offensive linemen.

Left tackle Laremy Tunsil left in the fourth quarter of the Dolphins' 13-6 win over the New York Jets because of a knee injury. Broncos center Matt Paradis sustained a serious right ankle injury when quarterback Case Keenum rolled up on him just before halftime of their 19-17 loss to Houston. Paradis had never missed a snap in his four-year career.

Jets center Spencer Long aggravated an injury to the middle finger of his right hand and had half a dozen off-target snaps before leaving the game.