Stallions-barracudas Tonight

September 09, 1995|By Gary Lambrecht

Site: Memorial Stadium

Time: 7:30

TV/Radio: HTS tape delay, Sunday, 8 p.m./WJFK (1300 AM), WGRX (100.7 FM)

Records: Baltimore 8-3, Birmingham 6-4.

Last week: Baltimore beat Hamilton, 41-14; Birmingham scored 35 unanswered points in the fourth quarter in a come-from-behind, 56-46 victory in Ottawa.

First meeting: On July 29 in Birmingham, the Stallions rolled to a 27-8 halftime lead and cruised to a 36-8 victory.

On the sidelines: Baltimore's Don Matthews has a 118-69-1 record in his 11th CFL season. Birmingham's Jack Pardee is 6-4 in his first CFL season.

What Baltimore has to do to win: Defensively, the Stallions need to apply the same kind of pressure on Birmingham QB Matt Dunigan that they produced in the 36-8 rout, plus mix their man-to-man and zone coverages effectively. Offensively, RB Mike Pringle is out, but the Stallions' offensive line, even without T Shar Pourdanesh, is playing some of its best ball of the season. With another strong game from the line, the Barracudas will be up against it.

What Birmingham has to do to win: Capitalize on penalties or turnovers early, and score the game's first two touchdowns to make Baltimore play catch-up. The Stallions didn't have to worry about that in the first meeting.

Injury report: Baltimore -- CB Karl Anthony (knee), FS Lester Smith (foot), LT Pourdanesh (ankles), DB Kareem Bacon (back) and RB Pringle (hamstring) are out. Birmingham -- QB Dunigan (groin) will play.

Outlook: Birmingham managed only 150 yards of offense against Baltimore six weeks ago, but QB Dunigan, No. 3 on the CFL's passing-efficiency list, hasn't played a bad game since. Still, with the exception of one half last year when he played in Winnipeg, Dunigan has struggled against Baltimore, and the Stallions have the league's stingiest defense. RB Keith Woodside must have a good game to keep Baltimore's defense honest. Birmingham's defense has given up 28.4 points a game, and surrendered 46 against hapless Ottawa last week. That's not good news against the Stallions, whose offensive line should make up for the temporary loss of Pringle.

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