Although the NFL has done a good job of loosening the rules regarding touchdown celebrations, it occasionally gets sucked into absurd situations. It did on Josh Allen‘s touchdown run on Sunday night for the Buffalo Bills.
While heading to the end zone, Allen pulled off a brilliant fake on Bengals safety Nick Scott. Allen pretended to pump, Scott leaped, and Allen continued to run. After Allen quickly pointed to Scott, a replay revealed that he was grinning as he easily made it into the end zone. All good humored.
Allen was given a taunting penalty for that little point.
And a 15-yard penalty would be awarded for that little point e taunting penalty between competitors following an amazing fake. It was imposed during kickoff. That was one of those “won’t someone think of the children?” moments, it’s difficult to argue. A Sunday night stage full of players having a good time. It’s unlikely that Scott took offense. It seems like every third possession in the NBA, there is some harmless trash talk like that, but basketball is still played.
Allen will most likely receive a lecture regarding the 15 yards he cost his team. The next time he scores, he won’t display as much enthusiasm. It will make the game less enjoyable. Apparently, that’s what the NFL wants.