Rams have opportunities on special teams

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

ST. LOUIS -- The Rams needed a 75-yard fumble return for a touchdown to beat the Redskins in Week 6. Special teams could provide them with big-play opportunities against the Cowboys.

The Cowboys' special-teams struggles against Arizona in Week 6 determined the outcome, from J.J. Arrington's kick-return touchdown on the first play to Sean Morey's blocked punt on the final play.

The Rams' Dante Hall had a 34-yard punt return and a 32-yard kickoff return against the Redskins. Hall was also playing significant snaps at receiver, where he was ineffective. The Rams plan to replace Hall with younger receivers, notably Keenan Burton, in the three-receiver personnel groups. In theory, that could allow Hall to focus more on the return game.

The Cowboys are allowing 9.0 yards per punt return and 23.2 yards per kick return. Those numbers are right around the league averages (9.9 and 23.0). But with punter Mat McBriar out, the Rams should have the edge on special teams.

Rams kicker Josh Brown and punter Donnie Jones are having very good seasons. Jones has a 41.6-yard net average, fourth-best in the league. Brown has made 3 of 4 field-goal tries from 50 yards or longer and all four from 40 to 49 yards.