If there were a theme song for the early games of the opening Sunday of the 2013 NFL season then it might as well have been "The Safety Dance." The Titans, Buccaneers and Chiefs all gifted a pair of points to their opponents in a bizarre stretch early.
Tennessee got the safety spree started on the very first play of their game against the Steelers. Titans running back Darius Reynaud fielded the opening kickoff just outside the end zone but then stepped backwards and took a knee. The touchback fail handed the Pittsburgh Steelers a 2-0 lead on the first score of the entire day.
GIF: Titans Manage Safety On Opening Kickoff
(GIF via @BuzzFeedSports)
Up next, the Jacksonville Jaguars took a 2-0 lead over Kansas City after blocking a punt for a safety. The early wave of safeties rolled through New Jersey, too. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman looked lost on this particular play and then the Jets took an unlikely lead.
GIF: Josh Freeman Misses Snap For Bucs' Safety
(GIF via @Guyism)
These three safeties possibly put the NFL on course for a record-breaking season in this scoring category.
Via @eliassports -- This is the 1st season that NFL's Week 1 has had 3 or more safeties since 1999.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 8, 2013
There have already been 3 safeties today...there was a total of 13 last year.
— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) September 8, 2013