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"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.

For Starkville Daily News) (Photo by Evam O'Donnell, MSU Ex­ten­sion Ser­vice,

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