Calvin Ridley Converts Third Octopus of the NFL Season
Logan Riely/Getty Images. Pictured: Calvin Ridley #0 of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Calvin Ridley pulled off an impressive feat Sunday, notching the elusive octopus in the third quarter of Jaguars vs Texans.
An octopus occurs when the same player scores a touchdown and the ensuing two-point conversion. The bet reached new heights of popularity prior to last year’s Super Bowl, and it has become one of the wildest bets books offer.
With the Jags trailing 13-14, quarterback Trevor Lawrence found Ridley in the end zone for a 1-yard score, then found Ridley once again in the back of the end zone once again for the two-point conversion.
The Lions’ David Montgomery and Cowboys’ CeeDee Lamb each had an octopus on Thanksgiving day making it three in Week 12. It’s the first time at least three were coverted in a single week since the bet started being offered. The last time it occurred was was Week 1 of the 2020 season (Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook and Robbie Chosen) .
Ridley is the seventh player to score an octopus this season, joining Jerome Ford, Travis Etienne, Stefon Diggs, Thielen, Montgomery and Lamb.
The most famous octopus fittingly came in last year’s Super Bowl when Jalen Hurts scored one to give the Eagles a 12-point lead at the time.