"We all knew his time was coming," Bucs receiver Mike Evans says. "He's too good of a player to be on the bench."
Miami (0-0) at Los Angeles Chargers (0-1)
It's impossible to know what the Bucs have after being forced by Hurricane Irma to move their bye up to opening week, too. They've spent the week in California and figure to be rusty.
If the Dolphins can get the run game on track with Jay Ajayi, they could spoil the Chargers' official debut in L.A. Well, their return there after playing all of one season as the LA Chargers in 1960, the debut year of the AFL.
Blanked last week when the comeback came up short at Denver, Antonio Gates gets chance to set an NFL record for TD catches by a tight end. He needs one to break a tie with Tony Gonzalez.
Buffalo (1-0) at Carolina (1-0)
Although they haven't made the playoffs since the last century, the Bills lead this series 5-1. Their running game with LeSean McCoy was dynamic in the opener, but it was against the Jets. This should be a saltier test.
Cam Newton appeared off in the win at San Francisco, but he still threw for a pair of scores. His backfield of Jonathan Stewart and first-rounder Christian McCaffrey could provide a spark, and the defense had four sacks of the 49ers.
Tennessee (0-1) at Jacksonville (1-0)
OK, hold your breath for this one: The Jaguars lead the AFC South. Indeed, they smashed their way to first place by annihilating Houston (10 sacks).
Now they are home, where damage from Hurricane Irma was significant and they wound up spending two extra nights in Texas. A win over the Titans certainly would legitimize their start.
The Titans' last visit to Jacksonville saw quarterback Marcus Mariota break his right leg, Tennessee lose and drop its chances of making the 2016 postseason.
New York Jets (0-1) at Oakland (1-0)
You can bet that Raiders fans are stoked over the team's performance at Tennessee, especially the balance on offense. Marshawn Lynch was in Beast Mode and eight players caught passes from Derek Carr.
The Jets probably don't have eight players who would make Oakland's roster. But at least they didn't get blown out in Buffalo last Sunday. That certainly could change this weekend.
San Francisco (0-1) at Seattle (0-1)
Once a terrific NFC West rivalry, the Seahawks have won six straight overall, and the last six matchups in Seattle, including playoffs. The Niners did little right in their home loss to Carolina as Kyle Shanahan made his debut as a head coach.
Seattle looked pretty bad, too, but at least it was at Lambeau Field, where the Seahawks rarely prosper. They need to get the run game going after quarterback Russell Wilson was their top rusher with 40 yards. Getting RB Thomas Rawls back from a high-ankle sprain would help immensely.
Washington (0-1) at Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
For the first time in his short NFL career, Jared Goff looked like a pro quarterback in the Rams' rout of the Colts. Rookie coach Sean McVay, 31, earned first victory as the youngest head coach in modern league history, and he gets back star defensive tackle Aaron Donald from a holdout.
That doesn't bode well for a Washington team that looked downright mediocre in losing to Philadelphia. The Redskins' third-down defense, worst in the NFL last season, allowed Philadelphia to convert eight of 14 opportunities.
Cleveland (0-1) at Baltimore (1-0)
If the Ravens can mash the Browns on the ground and rush the passer well — both things they mastered in shutting out Cincinnati last week — they will be tough every game. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco is 15-2 lifetime against the Browns, with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Flacco did not complete pass in the second half at Cincinnati; he didn't need to.
Browns star left tackle Joe Thomas, among football's most durable players ever, has been in for all 9,996 offensive snaps since joining them as a first-round pick in 2007. Here comes No. 10,000.
Arizona (0-1) at Indianapolis (0-1)
Both teams come off rough openers. Arizona lost at Detroit and saw star running back David Johnson, one of the NFL's most versatile players, break his wrist. Look for Larry Fitzgerald to be the focal point of the offense against a weak secondary.
Indy is without Andrew Luck again — and for who knows how long. The Colts put out one of the worst performances of Week 1 in being routed by the Rams.
Those of us with a strong connection to the natural world know that attachment was born and strengthened through personal experiences we had outdoors as children, generally when family members took us outside to spend time, relax or have fun.
A new nationwide program began in 2015 with hopes of increasing access to federal public lands for fourth-grade students, along with the goal of establishing connections to the outdoors. Every Kid in a Park begins its third year on Sept. 1. Every fourth grader has easy access to a free pass for admission to public land through Aug. 31, 2018.
Since the inception of this program, I have led almost 1,000 fourth graders in the local school district to pick up passes at our local wildlife refuge. This year, I will lead more than 400 students down the same trail to pick up 2017-2018 passes.
With the majority of the U.S. population living two hours or less from public lands, it is possible for almost everyone to visit on day trips, even those who face financial or transportation limitations.
Each fourth grader in the 2017-2018 school year is eligible for a pass that covers admission fees for the student and up to three other individuals at more than 2,000 individual federal lands, parks and waters. Seven federal agencies are engaged in this effort to provide opportunities for our citizens, young For Starkville Daily News
JACKSON – The Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks welcomes Don Brazil as its newest Chief Executive Officer.
Brazil is currently the President of Brazil and Associates, LLC in Madison which specializes in the discovery and evaluation of timber, agricultural, and recreational properties for private investors and recreational clients. He also serves as a real estate agent for Rice Realty Group, LLC in Vicksburg.
Previously, Brazil served as the Deputy Director for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission from 2010 to 2011. In addition, Brazil served as both the Deputy Administrator as well as the Assistant Wildlife Bureau Director within the MWDFP, for over 15 years.
As CEO, Brazil will be in charge of overseeing fundraising efforts and implementation of all programs within the FMWFP while working alongside the MDWFP to identify all needed projects within the agency.
“Don's knowledge of the MDWFP and his devotion to conservation in the state of Mississippi makes him an ideal choice as our new CEO,” said John Taylor, Chairman of the FMWFP. “We look forward to Don moving the FMWFP in a positive direction that will impact every Mississippian who enjoys the outdoors.”
In addition to his role at the Foundation, Brazil continues to further his efforts towards conservation and protection of lands within the state through his involvement with various conservation organizations.
“Don brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences to this role which will enable him to be effective from and old alike, to experience the majesty of our great country.
The easiest way to get a pass is to fill out a simple digital form on the website and then print a paper pass. Bring the pass to any federal public lands and exchange it for a unique plastic card that the student can sign and carry when visiting national parks, national monuments, forests, waters and wildlife refuges. There are options for parents, students and educators to navigate the site and print passes for the program. Go to the website at http:// www.everykidinapark.gov.
Students, teachers or parents may use the website to help plan trips to numerous public destinations. Trips are certainly not limited to backpacking in the backcountry. Many people want to stay in cabins or recreational vehicles, and overnight options are available at many nearby public reserves.
The website also provides lesson plans for teachers or homeschool parents. There are links to learn about protected animals in our national forests. Other links help locate nearby parks, as well as options for overnight stays.
My hope is that all fourth graders and their families will take advantage of this great program and establish lifelong connections to the outdoors.
Extension Outdoors is a column authored by several different experts in the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Evan O'Donnell is with the MSU Extension Service. The opinions in this column are O'Donnell's and not necessarily the views of The Starkville Daily News or its staff. day one,” says Dr. Sam Polles, executive director of the MDWFP. “Having served in several capacities within the agency, he has a clear understanding of its mission and a demonstrated commitment to its success. I look forward to working with him and the Foundation's Board to enhance services for Mississippi's sporting public."
MDWFP Invites Youth to OutdoorAma on the Rez
JACKSON – Come celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day as the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation host OutdoorAma on the Rez at the Turcotte Education Center on Saturday, September 23.
The event is open to youth ages 5 to 14 and will start at 8 a.m. The Turcotte Education Center is located at 506 Highway 43 South near Ross Barnett Reservoir.
Participants will receive hands-on instruction in a variety of outdoor activities such as shooting skeet, sporting clays, and bow and arrows, and fishing for catfish in the ponds. They will also learn how to reload shells, tie flies, paddle a canoe, and stay safe in a tree stand. Other topics include the importance of clean water and recycling.
For more information about OutdoorAma on the Rez, call the MWF at 601- 605-1790 or MDWFP Fisheries Bureau at 601-432-2200.
For more information regarding wildlife, hunting, and fishing in Mississippi, visit www.mdwfp.com or call 601432-2200. Follow on Facebook at facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.