It would be fair to expect “OMG! TAYLOR SWIFT CAME TO SEE HIM PLAY!” to be the headline in a regular week in which the most famous pop star in the world showed up at a football game in Missouri to cheer on Travis Kelce, but this wasn’t just “any given Sunday” in the NFL.
For the first time in 57 years, an NFL team scored 70 (yes, seventy) points in a single game, a feat the Miami Dolphins amazingly accomplished without superstar wide receiver Jaylen Waddle. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw more touchdown passes (4) than incompletions (3), and the Dolphins passed on a chance to set the single-game record by taking a knee and running out the clock at the Denver Broncos’ 30 yard line. Rookie running back De’Von Achane racked up 233 total yards and scored four touchdowns, a total equaled by fellow running back Raheem Mostert who compiled “only” 142 total yards.
Oh, and by the way, Keenan Allen caught 18 of 20 targets for 215 yards. He didn’t score a touchdown, but he threw one, a 49 yard toss on a trick play to fellow wide receiver Mike Williams.
Unlikely but notable receiving performances were turned in by Carolina Panthers veteran Adam Thielen (14-11-145-1) and Houston Texans rookie Tank Dell (7-5-145-1). Meanwhile, Indianapolis Colts running back Zack Moss logged a mind-boggling 30 attempts and racked up 122 yards on the ground, the exact same yardage total put up by Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard in a losing effort against the Arizona Cardinals.
Oh yeah, almost forgot: the vaunted Cowboys were spanked by the Arizona Cardinals, who blew a 21-point lead one week ago in an embarrassing loss to the same New York Giants team that was destroyed by the Cowboys 40-0 the week before. It all came full circle in Week 3 on Any Given Sunday.
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