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Greg Zuerlein is Special Teams Player of the Week after downing the Seahawks

Rookie kicker already making difference for Rams

Scott Kane-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

St. Louis Rams rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein is the NFC special teams player of the week for his performance in the Rams' 19-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks at home last weekend.

Zuerlein was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goal attempts and twice broke the franchise record for longest field goal in a game -- in the same game. Zuerlein connected a 58-yarder and a 60-yarder, while also connecting on field goals of 28 and 48 yards.

He was also on the field for the Rams' only other score, a touchdown pass on a fake field goal attempt from rookie punter Johnny Hekker to wide receiver Danny Amendola. The Rams scored all 19 points of their points against the Seahawks with their field goal unit.

Zuerlein has made a huge contribution to the Rams already. ESPN's Mike Sando cites ESPN Stats & Information to claim the rookie kicker could be the difference between an 0-4 Rams team and their current 2-2 record:

The Rams have attempted field goals (and made them) on all three drives ending between their opponents' 42- and 32-yard lines. These drives produce field goal attempts ranging from 50 to 60 yards. The Rams attempted field goals only 10.5 percent of the time on these drives all last season, making zero of them.