Toronto-baltimore Tonight

August 20, 1994|By Ken Murray

Site: Memorial Stadium

Time: 7:30

Line: Baltimore by 10 1/2

TV/Radio: Ch. 2/WJFK (1300 AM)

Records: Toronto 2-4, Baltimore 4-2 in Eastern Division

Last week: Toronto lost to British Columbia, 54-39; Baltimore beat Hamilton, 30-15.

First meeting: Baltimore topped Toronto, 28-20, in the season opener July 7 at SkyDome as Donald Igwebuike kicked four field goals and Tracy Ham threw for two touchdowns.

On the sidelines: In his 13th season as a CFL head coach, Bob O'Billovich has a career record of 106-103-3. He won his 100th regular-season game this summer. In his 10th season as head coach, Don Matthews has a career record of 100-61-1 and is five wins shy of claiming his 100th regular-season win.

What Toronto has to do to win: Resuscitate its defense. The Argonauts have given up 54 points in each of their past two outings, both losses. In a 54-39 setback last week against the B.C. Lions, they were shredded for 698 total yards and 40 first downs. Toward that end, they made six roster changes, four on defense. They flip-flopped two DBs, moving Kevin Whitley to HB and Tommy Henry to CB. The Argos also need better production from PK/P Wayne Lammle, who missed three of five field-goal tries in the July game against Baltimore, and is 11-for-20 on the season.

What Baltimore has to do to win: Revive its pass rush against Toronto's quick-pass offense. Toronto has allowed the fewest sacks in the league (seven). With Elfrid Payton on the way, the CFLs moved backup MLB Earnest Fields to rush end in an attempt to get more pressure. On offense, they need a strong running game from Mike Pringle, coming back nine days after arthroscopic knee surgery. That softens the defense for Ham's passing game. Toronto may not need much softening.

Injury report: Toronto -- OT Chris Schultz (ankle) and LB Keith Castello (gallstones surgery) are out. Baltimore -- RB Mike Pringle (knee), MLB Ricky Andrews (back) and DT Mike Presbury (groin, thumb) will play.

Outlook: Toronto benched QB Mike Kerrigan after he threw for 408 yards -- and three interceptions -- in favor of Reggie Slack. But the Argos' bigger problem is their porous defense. Except for four turnovers, Baltimore delivered its best offensive performance with 589 yards in total offense last week. The CFLs are determined to get their pass rush cranked up, but pass protection is one of Toronto's strengths. If the CFLs stay away from turnovers, they should win by more than eight this time around.

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