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Michael Brockers: 'Our special teams is No. 1 in the league for a reason'

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Zuerlein nailed a 56-yard field goal to cap the Rams' opening drive, putting Zuerlein at 36-for-38 on field goals this season. And though he missed an extra point -- his first in 36 tries -- Zuerlein has accounted for 143 points, making him 6-for-7 on attempts beyond 49 yards. He added three others, which easily leads the NFL and is on pace for a record.

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Hekker made his impact to begin what became a major swing of events. The Rams led by only six, were reeling a bit and backed up deep in their own territory early in the third quarter. Hekker -- a three-time first-team All-Pro who set a record last season for punts downed inside the 20-yard line -- took a snap from his own end zone and pinned the Cardinals at their own 21. womens Brandin Cooks Jersey

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Cooper didn't reach the end zone but returned it 30 yards, giving the Rams the favorable field position that allowed them to score their third touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Jared Goff to Sammy Watkins. Cooper now ranks third in the NFL in yards per punt return (12.62) and first in yards per kickoff return (28.73), one of which he returned for a touchdown.,womens Rob Gronkowski Jersey

"It comes down to that pride, so everyone is staying on their blocks. It's helping Pharoh out," Zuerlein said of Cooper's return game. "Guys don't want their guy to make the tackle, and he's a great returner. He makes it look easy."womens Julian Edelman Jersey,

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