Stallions-tiger-cats Tonight

September 02, 1995|By Gary Lambrecht

Site: Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton, Ontario

Time: 8

TV/Radio: Channel 54/WJFK (1300 AM), WGRX (100.7 FM)

Records: Baltimore 7-3; Hamilton 6-3.

Last week: Baltimore beat Toronto, 41-14; Hamilton edged Winnipeg in overtime, 36-33.

the sidelines: Baltimore's Don Matthews is 117-69-1 in 11 CFL seasons. Hamilton's Don Sutherin is 9-12 in his second season with the Tiger-Cats.

What Baltimore has to do to win: Let Mike Pringle, the league's top rusher who is coming off his best game, soften up a defense that is missing outstanding LB Michael O'Shea. The Stallions then would be more able to hurt the Tiger-Cats with play-action passes.

What Hamilton has to do to win: Capitalize on Baltimore mistakes by taking a big lead early. Contain Pringle to keep Baltimore's offense honest. Move the ball enough to win some field position battles.

BInjury report: Baltimore--CB Karl Anthony (knee), FS Lester Smith (foot), LT Shar Pourdanesh (ankles) and DB Kareem Bacon (back) are out. Hamilton--O'Shea (elbow), LB Hassan Bailey (hamstring), DL Marcus Cotton (knee), DL Mike Philbrick (arch), DB Keita Crespina and RB Derrick McAdoo are out.

COutlook: Hamilton has won four straight with a revitalized offense that is averaging 30 points over that stretch. QBs Anthony Calvillo and Steve Taylor have alternated most of the year and tonight Calvillo replaces Taylor. The Tiger-Cats haven't faced a defense like Baltimore's during their streak, and they'll need a big game from RB Kalin Hall to keep the pass rush off of Calvillo, who needs to connect often with WR Larry Thompson. The Stallions broke out of an offensive slump last week, and they could be primed for a similar effort tonight, especially with O'Shea out. WR Chris Armstrong could have his biggest game of the year. If that happens, Baltimore should roll.

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