The Greatest Touchdown Celebrations of the 2017 NFL Season So Far

Here are the best touchdown celebrations we've seen through the first half of the 2017 NFL season.

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This past offseason, the NFL decided to take a much more relaxed approach to touchdown celebrations than in years passed. With props, choreographed skits and group celebrations now allowed, players around the league have jumped at the opportunity to have some serious fun when they find their way into the end zone.

With the season halfway over, it seemed like the right time to highlight some of the best touchdown celebrations of the 2017 NFL season so far. So take a look and see for yourself why this rule change may have been the best decision the league has made in years.

Vikings play "Duck, Duck, Goose"

This is exactly what the NFL needed. It may seem silly, but it’s just the type of entertainment that the rules were reduced to encourage. You have to love the originality from the Minnesota Vikings, even it’s clear some of their players need a lesson on how to play “Duck, Duck, Goose.”

Torrey Smith goes yard

Hitting a homerun isn’t a rare celebration in football — even prior to the relaxed rules. Still, this one just works so well with everyone on the Philadelphia Eagles perfectly in sync. Torrey Smith celebrated one homerun with another, and it was beautiful.

Eagles play baseball, Part 2

As if the whole homerun by Smith thing wasn’t good enough, the Eagles took it a step further with this one. Zach Ertz winds up the pitch for Alshon Jeffery, and nails him with the ball. The ensuing chasedown put a cherry on top of what was already a hilarious touchdown celebration.

Steelers play "Hide and Seek"

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been the all-stars of the post-touchdown celebration this season. This is one of the better ones. JuJu Smith-Schuster scored, and then tracked down Le’Veon Bell in a friendly game of “Hide and Seek.” Don’t worry — there’s more to come from the Steelers.

Odell Beckham Jr. opens door for malpractice suit

It’s almost kind of ironic that, during this same game. Odell Beckham Jr.‘s season came to an abrupt end due to a broken ankle. As you can tell, he decided to give the football CPR after taking it to the house. PSA: Never allow Beckham to administer medical services to you or your loved ones.

Taco Charlton serves, well, tacos

Okay, I know this isn’t a touchdown celebration. In fact, it was a sack celebration during the preseason. Still, it’s too epic to ignore. Yes, a player named Taco Charlton dragged down the quarterback and followed it up by serving a couple of his Dallas Cowboys teammates tacos. I just feel bad for No. 35, who walked away empty-handed.

Marvin Jones, Golden Tate play ping pong

Incorporating different sports (especially obscure ones) into touchdown celebrations is always a winner. The Detroit Lions put together a good one here, with Marvin Jones and Golden Tate enjoying a quick ping pong match after putting six points on the board. You just have to feel bad for Graham Glasgow, who gets left hanging in the process.

JuJu Smith-Schuster pulls out the Hadouken

Most of these up to this point have been team celebrations. This one, though, may have been one of the best, and it only included one player. After scoring six, Smith-Schuster pulled out the Hadouken. It essentially epitomized what the Steelers did to the Baltimore Ravens that day.

Kareem Hunt grabs some ZZZs

Not all of the epic celebrations from this season have been elaborate, choreographed acts. Instead, this one was simple — Kareem Hunt found the end zone, found a cozy spot, and took a quick nap. I’m not sure all players could get away with this, but the rookie running back has more than earned his right to sleep mid-game.

Buffalo Bills take a video game break

After making a touchdown grab, Jordan Matthews decided to take a break with some video games. Fellow Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones joined in on the fun, although he seemed a bit unsure of himself before eventually pulling his own controller out of thin air. It wasn’t a wildly creative celebration, but a terrific homage to a beloved past time.

Robby Anderson takes a seat

Now this celebration is on a whole different level. Instead of some elaborate plan or dazzling display of originality, Robby Anderson simply decided to take a seat in an empty section of the stands after striking paydirt. Seems like a questionable move from a safety standpoint, but it worked out for the New York Jets receiver.

Le'Veon Bell gets in a mid-game lift

Here they are again — the Steelers offensive players winning the touchdown celebration game with some clever displays. This time, Bell finds himself in the middle of a makeshift weight room, benchpressing/incline-pressing the football. Seriously, where do they come up with this stuff?

Side note: Nice work being a buzzkill, ref.

Travis Kelce was feeling it

Regardless of your opinion of the dance, there’s no denying that Travis Kelce was afraid to let his dance moves do the talking after this impressive touchdown. He felt his defender in the dust with a nice move, and left viewers wondering what they had just watched with that bold dance.

Goden Tate drops the "People's Elbow"

Personally, I’m not a big fan of professional wrestling. Tate, however, appears to be after dropping the “people’s elbow” on the football after taking it to the end zone. You have to appreciate the tap out motion from Jones as well — good look with the assist.

Martavis Bryant shoots dice

What do you know? Yet another Steelers celebration makes the list. This time, Martavis Bryant honors his first touchdown of the 2017 campaign by shooting dice with a group of Pittsburgh receivers and Bell. I’m intrigued to see what else this team can come up with this season.

Devonta Freeman takes it to the court

Devonta Freeman may be a football star, but he’s apparently got some basketball chops as well. Then again, the basket did need to be adjusted mid-shot to ensure it was good. Either way, it was a clever use of teammates and pigskin to prove that ball truly is life for the Atlanta Falcons running back.

Dalvin Cook enters the kitchen

This one is a tad bittersweet, as Dalvin Cook scored his first NFL touchdown and tore his ACL in the same game. Despite that, he put together a solid touchdown celebration when he started cooking up some grub for his Minnesota Vikings teammates. Get it, Cook was cooking.

David Njoku pulls off the butt spike

I know this wasn’t intentional, but it’s definitely worth pointing out. Uber-athletic Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku found his way into the end zone with a ridiculous one-handed touchdown. To cap it off, he attempted a monstrous spike that bounced back up and smacked the rookie in his posterior. Mark Sanchez would be proud.