Safety Dance

Week #8 was pretty calm for Strange Plays. As always, you can use the “Help > Strange Plays” menu item to view all of them for the year. Last year, there was an average of just under one Safety per week. This week there were four Safeties, and they all happened under different circumstances…

We can dance if we want to, we can leave your friends behind
‘Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance
Well they’re no friends of mine

I’m not sure if I ever understood the lyrics to the wildly popular 1980’s “Safety Dance” song by Men Without Hats, but anyway…

The Ravens scored a rather normal safety when Jamarcus Russell was tackled in the end zone by Jameel McClain.

The Dolphins scored an almost normal safety, but a fumble was thrown into the mix. Trent Edwards lost a fumble, and then Duke Preston recovered it, which was a good thing. But he was promptly tackled in the end zone by Charlie Anderson, which was a bad thing.

The Chargers scored a safety when Drew Brees lost a fumble, but only after losing over 20 yards on the play to wind up in the end zone. The ball ultimately was fumbled out of the back of the end zone.

Finally, the Giants scored a safety without really doing anything because the long snapper on a punt attempt did a poor job and snapped it way over the punters head and out the back of the end zone.

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