Blue Bombers-Stallions today

November 04, 1995|By Gary Lambrecht

Site: Memorial Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Baltimore by 16

Radio: WJFK (1300 AM), WGRX (100.7 FM)

Records: Baltimore 15-3; Winnipeg 7-11.

Last week: Baltimore beat Hamilton, 24-17; Winnipeg scored 19 straight points in the fourth quarter to make the playoffs with a 36-33 win over Ottawa.

First meeting: Baltimore scored 20 points in the fourth quarter in a 43-7 rout of Winnipeg at Memorial Stadium on July 22.

On the sidelines: Baltimore's Don Matthews has a 125-69-1 record in 11 CFL seasons and is the fourth-winningest coach in league history. Winnipeg's Cal Murphy has an 84-47-1 record in seven CFL seasons.

What Baltimore has to do to win: Make it to Memorial Stadium on time, then hold onto the ball.

What Winnipeg has to do to win:What Winnipeg has to do to win: Play its best game of the season, and get a few breaks on top of that.

Injury report: Baltimore -- CB Karl Anthony (knee), FS Lester Smith (foot), SB Reggie Perry (knee), LB Reggie Givens (knee) and CB Kareem Bacon (back) are out. Winnipeg -- DB Ken Burress (knee), DB Lawrence Hatch (shoulder), DB Darryl Sampson (thumb), LB Paul Randolph (biceps), LB Andre Allen (knee), LB Greg Clark (thumb, wrist, back), OL Tracy Boyd (ankle), WR Shannon Baker (shoulder), DE Tony Hill (knee) are out. WR Tim Daniel (hip) is questionable.

Quotable: "You feel an urgency this time of the year, because when you lose, it's such a sudden stop that you never want to go through that. You're always preparing for a game, and when you lose that [playoff] game, you wake up the next day, there's nothing to do and it's a very empty feeling." -- Baltimore coach Don Matthews.

Outlook: The Stallions have won 10 in a row but haven't blown a team out in two months. Today should be the day that happens again. Winnipeg won its last two games to barely make the playoffs, and the Blue Bombers' offense has been rejuvenated with the development of QB Reggie Slack to complement veteran SB Gerald Wilcox. But Winnipeg in no way resembles the team that pushed Baltimore to the limit in last year's Eastern Division final. Barely one-third of the starters remain from that team, as Winnipeg has been ravaged all year by injuries. The Blue Bombers have suffered tremendous losses on defense, which doesn't bode well against a Baltimore offense that has a massive line and a rested Mike Pringle (1,791 rushing yards) at RB.

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