B.c.-baltimore Today

October 22, 1994|By Ken Murray

Site: Memorial Stadium.

Time: 2 p.m.

Line: Baltimore by 2.

TV/Radio: HTS/WJFK (1300 AM).

Records: B.C. 10-4-1; Baltimore 10-5.

Last week: B.C. lost to Saskatchewan, 38-27; Baltimore lost to Edmonton, 31-24.

On the sidelines: Dave Ritchie is in his second season as coach of the Lions and has an overall record of 19-13-1. Baltimore's Don Matthews has a career record of 106-64-1 in 10 CFL seasons, including five years and one Grey Cup championship at B.C.

Roster changes: Baltimore--LB Alvin Walton replaced LB Earnest Fields and DT Malcolm Showell replaced RE Mike Kerr. B.C.--DB Barry Wilburn replaced Enis Jackson, RB Tony Jackson replaced RB Cory Philpot and WR Matt Clark replaced WR Yo Murphy.

What B.C. has to do to win: Keep from becoming one-dimensional on offense. QB Kent Austin, the eighth-ranked passer in the CFL, will be replaced by Danny McManus, who is more mobile. McManus will need a running game, and the Lions' has been sporadic of late. Controlling Baltimore's Mike Pringle is another key. The Lions, the most penalized team in the league, also must avoid infractions.

What Baltimore has to do to win: Get back to what has worked -- a solid running game and strong special teams, both missing in )) the Edmonton loss. Mike Pringle's string of 100-yard games is over, but he still leads the league in rushing. Baltimore's special teams were poor against Edmonton, both in coverage and kicks. The defense must keep B.C.'s running game in the sputtering mode. Then it can go after McManus.

Injury report: B.C. -- RB Cory Philpot (ankle) and HB Enis Jackson (hamstring) are out. Baltimore -- WR Walter Wilson (hand) will play.

Outlook: For the second straight week, it will be strength against strength. B.C.'s second-ranked rush defense will have to deal with Baltimore's No. 1 running game in a critical matchup. B.C. has the No. 1-ranked defense, but Baltimore is averaging 30.4 points. Last week, Edmonton defensive players said Baltimore was tipping its plays by the formation. If so, QB Tracy Ham will have to be less predictable in his play calling. B.C. is fighting for a home playoff game in the West. But Baltimore must win to make next week's showdown with Winnipeg meaningful. There is no more slack for either team.

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