With less than a minute to go in regulation and the outcome already decided, Kansas City running back Cyrus Gray took a handoff from Alex Smith, sprinted six yards and scored his first NFL touchdown to help the Chiefs to a 34-15 win over the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday.
And then, well, then Gray unleashed one of the wackier touchdown dances you’ll ever see, gyrating his hips and wildly waving his arms.
“You know what?” Gray said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “My touchdown dance, it was very interesting. You don’t get a chance to score in the NFL that often, so when you do, you got to take advantage of it. So I was just so excited, I just came out with that dance. All my guys liked it, so I had fun with it.”
Gray finished with four carries for 18 yards and a touchdown. He and Knile Davis – who had 32 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown – played in place of Jamaal Charles, who sat out with a high-ankle sprain.
“It’s a blessing having a player like Jamaal Charles in our room,” Gray said. “He’s a veteran guy and he gets us going. But he’s been down. So all the younger guys, we knew we had to step up this week and have a big week, so they put it on us and we just ran with it. We were just very blessed. It was unfortunate that Jamaal got hurt, but everybody else has to take control of their opportunity.”
That includes tailback Joe McKnight, who didn’t do much on the ground (one carry for three yards) but had a game-high six catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns. While it was a great day for McKnight, several Dolphins were reportedly angry with their defensive scheme, as Cameron Wake – who excels at pass rushing – was asked to cover McKnight in space.
“I don’t know what they were doing wrong; I just know that our offensive line executed,” Gray said. “We made some mistakes, but we finished. That was the one thing we focused on all week. Joe McKnight did his thing and he got open.”
The Chiefs (1-2), meanwhile, did their thing and finally got in the win column. Kansas City started 9-0 last season but had lost eight of its previous 10 games before Sunday. Even more impressive? The Chiefs did it without Charles and Derrick Johnson, who is out for the season with a torn Achilles.
“It’s the National Football League,” Gray said. “Guys are going to get hurt. You just never know when. You have to have guys behind guys that are ready to play at any moment. The thing about this year is we just got to work with what we have. Whatever we have, we’re going to go to war with it. So I’m proud of the guys in our locker room. They’re doing everything they need to do to win the game, so we just got to keep focusing and trying to play together.”
The Chiefs host the Patriots (2-1) on Monday Night Football on Sept. 29. Kickoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET.