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RamView: Week 12 – Special Teams

Denver’s supposed to be the easiest place in the NFL for kickers, but the Rams’ kickers had major meltdowns instead. $14 million kicker Josh Brown yacked AN EXTRA POINT off the upright despite a perfect snap and hold, missed a 45-yard attempt that was never headed between the uprights and booted a 37-yard banana ball that barely hooked inside the right upright. Good kickers make it look like smooth sailing; Josh Brown makes it look like class-five rapids, and the Rams need to at least think about a new kicker next year. It’s not like Brown does enough to make you trust him. In the thin Colorado air, Pro Bowl aspirant Donnie Jones ought to have been jacking 60-yarders all day, especially from his 24 with time running out, but instead, he clanged a 26-yarder that set Denver up at midfield for a short TD drive. Then Bryan Kehl let the man he was supposed to block walk right in on Jones for a partial block, putting Denver in beautiful position, needing only a FG to tie. A couple of Chris Chamberlain gaffes were also nearly costly. His holding penalty on a punt started Denver at their 40 on the drive that let them pull within three, and he got a penalty for batting Denver’s first onside kick out of bounds instead of catching it. Honestly, though, I didn’t know you couldn’t do that, and Chamberlain held on to the second onside attempt despite getting clubbed in the face. Also, your platoon linebacker is your “hands” guy? In any event, he made a big play there, and Murphy also made a big one to recover Royal’s fumble on a kick return late in the 1st half, picking the Rams up three points. Those clutch plays helped spare the Ram kicking game some large pairs of goat horns.

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