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RamView: Week 4 – Special Teams

Great performance, too, by the Rams special teams, against a very good unit that’s gashed them a lot in the past. The punting game was terrific. Donnie Jones stymied Golden Tate and the potent Seattle return game with sideline kicks and punts that sacrificed a little distance for ridiculous height, and still averaged almost 46 yards a boot. He got great coverage help from Jerome Murphy. The rookie gunner stuffed Tate for a 3-yard loss inside the 10 in the 3rd despite getting held for about 15 yards, and helped hem him in inside the 10 again on the next punt despite again being held. David Vobora also had a couple of big special teams tackles. Holding penalties on Seattle kept Leon Washington in check. They say a stitch in time saves nine, so Kevin Dockery must have saved 117 when he got actually gashed making a diving tackle to stop Seattle holder Jon Ryan on a fake FG attempt late in the first half. Until seeing it on TV, I didn’t realize the play was a pass, not a run, because at least three Rams, including Bryan Kehl and Dahl, did such a good job jumping out to cover John Carlson. That was at least a 6-point swing, since it led to a Ram FG, and was just one of many plays today to show that the Rams won in all three phases of the game, the first time of hopefully many this season.

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