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RamView: Week 6 – Special Teams

Once again, a team with terrible special teams suffered problems with it today, and of course, I’m talking about the Chargers. Danny Amendola set up the Rams’ first FG with a 43-yard punt return, making the first two Chargers miss and then getting a big block from, of all people, Danario Alexander to get to the sideline. Don’t think Alexander doesn’t or can’t play special teams. He was a monster on almost every kick. He helped blow up the opening kickoff return and pancaked the contain man on one punt. If he’d realized what he had done, he would have blocked the punt, because he would have had a free run. Newcomer Britt Miller also showed up right away on teams, with a couple of big tackles. He tackled Darren Sproles from the ground on one return. James Hall found yet another way to torment San Diego by blocking a Nate Kaeding FG, a huge play that kept San Diego from pulling within 17-13. Yes, Kaeding slipped, but Hall got awfully good penetration, too. Donnie Jones, meanwhile, sneaked onto the injury report a couple of weeks ago due to a calf problem and has not looked 100% since. Most of his punts today were lousy and lacked hang time. Josh Brown, though, came through in the clutch with a performance that’s felt overdue. After a holding penalty turned what should have been a chippie into a 48-yard attempt to put the Rams ahead by more than a score, a little dread set in, because Brown has an uncanny knack to miss these kicks and kill the Rams’ momentum. Not today, though – right down the middle. Brown helped make sure the Rams did the same thing they did a couple of weeks ago – win the game in all three phases.

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