The Carolina Panthers may have started their 2019 season on a sour note, but you weren't getting any grapes from them after a 30-27 loss to the defending NFC champion LA Rams.
In fact, teammates said that Sunday's story should have had a different ending.
Time ran out on Ron Rivera's squad after a failed onside-kick late in the 4th quarter. But what doomed Carolina were big mistakes in the first half, which put the Panthers in an early hole.
But as Moore was trying to scurry past two defenders, the second-year receiver fumbled at the Rams 30 and gave the ball to LA, essentially giving it the ball to start the game and second half.
The Rams were forced to punt, but it was still an opportunity that the Panthers let slip away to strike first.
And as the second quarter opened up, the Panthers yet again shot themselves in the foot.
Moore said those series of mistakes left a real bad taste in their mouths before mounting their second-half comeback.
"It's real frustrating," he said. "We were coming back... we had big plays all across the field from (Christian McCaffrey), me, to Curtis (Samuel), to (Jarius) Wright. Everybody had a hand in making a comeback."
Moore, who battled a two-fumble game his rookie year against the Washington Redskins, said he did his best to try and put those miscues behind him.
"You just have to come back like I did and play with better ball security throughout the game. That's the only thing you can do."
Since 2015, Carolina is fifth in the NFL with a +18 turnover margin and are second in the league in that stretch with 380 points off turnovers.
The Panthers finished minus-2 in the turnover margin on Sunday.
Both the offense and the defense agreed that the sloppy play needs to be left here and now.
Newton, who had shoulder surgery in the off-season and injured his foot in the team's third preseason game (his only action in the preseason), wasn’t on the Panthers injury report this week and appeared to be at full health.
Newton confirmed that level of health postgame and said that he's felt as good as he's had in years.
"That's what I'm the most optimistic about," Newton said. "Being able to gauge the throw. My body feels fine and you know whatever play was called, I felt confident. I didn't even think about my shoulder at any point."
Despite Newton's thumbs-up, the game plan still has a lot of people questioning whether Newton's shoulder is indeed as healthy as he claims.
Panthers receivers had catches of 17 yards (McCaffrey), 15 (Moore), 14 (Olsen) and 16 (Samuel), but a lot of those numbers came from yards after the catch.
So, if Newton's shoulder is indeed healthy, why didn't Carolina stretch the field and throw the ball downfield?
The Panthers QB said the game plan - along with what the Rams were showing him - didn't allow it.
"I'm not going to get into any philosophical discussion about throwing the ball downfield because that's not what this game is about," he said. "I took what the defense gave me.
"You don't call plays. You don't say to the coach, 'Let's throw the ball deep and see what that gets us.’ That's not our mentality."
Rivera said he saw nothing wrong with his star QB and doesn't foresee his shoulder issues coming back.
"I thought he did some really good things,” he said. “He drove us down when we needed to get some points on the board. We had a couple of turnovers that hurt us. When you get opportunities you have to capitalize.
And even with the Rams forcing the Panthers to go old school and line up in their former 4-3 front - that didn't stop the Panthers' fifth-year linebacker from roaming sideline to sideline to make plays.
"[Shaq] developed a really good rapport with Luke," Rivera said. "I thought the two of them were a really good tandem."
After one week, Thompson passed, according to his head coach.
"I thought Shaq played a great game," Rivera said. "When you lose a player like Thomas Davis, you have to have a young man who can step in and that's what happened. Shaq stepped up and played the kind of game we needed from him."
The Panthers made sure that they weren't going to be the first victims of the Los Angeles signal-caller post contract.
Goff finished with just 186 yards passing on 39 attempts.
Overall, Rivera was pleased with what his defense did to not allow Goff to beat them through the air.
"There was a lot of good things that James did, as did several of the other guys out there,” Rivera said. “We had some guys that really stepped up and accepted the challenge."
What the Panthers wished they had done better was adjust to what Rams coach Sean McVay did with his run game and ultimately finish plays with more turnovers.
"I feel like they started figuring out what we were doing on third down,” Bradberry said. “We've just got to take advantage of opportunities and make plays no matter what is called on the play. I feel like the coaches put together a good scheme for us, and we pretty much handled it well."
The Panthers finished 2018 allowing 240 yards per game passing - good for 18th in the league.
It would appear that Carolina's young secondary is taking steps in the right direction.
And they will be tested again on a short week this Thursday with quarterback Jameis Winston and receiver Mike Evans coming into Bank of America Stadium.