Lions-Stallions tonight

October 21, 1995|By Gary Lambrecht

Site: Memorial Stadium

Time: 7:30

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

Records: Baltimore 13-3; British Columbia 9-7.

Last week: Baltimore was off; British Columbia was blown out by Hamilton, 43-14.

First meeting: In the season opener, Baltimore gave up a touchdown in the last 15 seconds at BC Place in a 37-34 loss.

On the sidelines: Baltimore's Don Matthews has a 123-69-1 record in 11 CFL seasons. British Columbia's Dave Ritchie has a 33-22-1 record in his third CFL season.

What Baltimore has to do to win: Counter the Lions' blitzing defense with short passes to slotbacks Chris Armstrong and Gerald Alphin, take RB Cory Philpot out of the game and make backup QB Giulio Caravatta beat them.

What British Columbia has to do to win: Force enough turnovers to turn great field position into quick scores. Get a huge game out of Philpot.

Injury report: Baltimore -- CB Irv Smith (shoulder), CB Karl Anthony (knee), FS Lester Smith (foot), SB Reggie Perry (knee), DB Kareem Bacon (back) are out. British Columbia -- QB Danny McManus (hand), RB Sean Millington (knee), LB Dave Benefield (shoulder), WR Mike Trevathan (knee) and OL Ian Sinclair (leg) are out. RB Cory Philpot (knee) will play.

Outlook: British Columbia has hardly resembled the defending Grey Cup champion while losing its past four games. Its defense, which will be without its best pass rusher in Benefield, has blitzed and been burned often over that stretch, in which the Lions have surrendered an average of 39 points. Offensively, the loss of McManus and Trevathan, their leading receiver, cannot help. The Stallions have clinched the Southern Division title and home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs. Coming back healthier and rested from a bye week only makes them more dangerous against a team that has become a bitter rival. This could be a Baltimore rout.

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