Baltimore-saskatchewan Today

September 18, 1994|By Ken Murray

Site: Taylor Field, Regina, Saskatchewan

Time: 4 p.m.

Line: Saskatchewan by 3 1/2

Radio: WJFK (1300 AM)

Records: Baltimore 6-4; Saskatchewan 6-4.

Last week: Baltimore lost to Sacramento, 30-29; Saskatchewan beat Winnipeg, 49-18.

On the sidelines: Baltimore's Don Matthews has a career regular-season record of 97-57-1 in 10 CFL seasons, three of them in Regina. Saskatchewan's Ray Jauch has a record of 117-82-4 over 14 years, and ranks third all-time in the CFL for regular-season wins.

Roster changes: Baltimore--PK Charlie Baumann replaces Donald Igwebuike; SB Shawn Beals replaces Reggie Perry; punt returner Lester Smith replaces Stan Petry; DT Brent White replaces MLB Ricky Andrews; OG Keith Ballard replaces Diego London.

What Baltimore has to do to win: Get pressure on the quarterback, whether it's scrambler Warren Jones or pocket-passer Tom Burgess. Contain RB Mike Saunders, who is equally dangerous catching the ball as running it. And create some turnovers. Saskatchewan had three punts blocked in the past two weeks, and the CFLs have shown the ability to get the block. On offense, Baltimore figures to see a lot of man coverage, which means QB Tracy Ham and SB Chris Armstrong must have a big day in the passing game.

What Saskatchewan has to do to win: Get off to a better start. The Roughriders have been outscored 68-25 in the first quarter this season. But they've had a strong finishing kick, with a 104-63 fourth-quarter advantage. They need a big passing game from Jones or Burgess and they need to defense the run better. They are giving up an average of 131.6 rushing yards a game.

Injury report: Baltimore -- WR Walter Wilson (hip pointer), SB Shawn Beals (hamstring) and OG Keith Ballard (ankle) probable. Saskatchewan -- QB Warren Jones (ribs) probable.

Outlook: If the CFLs play to the level of their competition -- and they have had that tendency so far -- they should deliver one of their better games. Whether it will be good enough to win on the road against a Western Division team is the question. Saskatchewan fans have been eager for Matthews' return -- the Roughriders are expecting a sellout. Matthews certainly knows the strengths and weaknesses of the Roughriders. Both teams need this game for playoff positioning. Home-field advantage, including potentially troublesome winds, could tilt the game toward the Roughriders.

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