Stampeders-Stallions today

November 19, 1995|By Gary Lambrecht

Site: Taylor Field, Regina, Saskatchewan

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Line: Calgary by 2

TV/Radio: ESPN2, City Cable Ch. 43/WJFK (1300 AM), WGRX (100.7 FM)

Records: Baltimore 17-3; Calgary 17-3

Last week: Baltimore won the Southern Division by beating San Antonio, 21-11. Calgary won the Northern Division by blowing out Edmonton, 37-4.

First meeting: Calgary held the Stallions to two points in the second half of a 29-15 victory on Aug. 6 at McMahon Stadium.

On the sidelines: Baltimore's Don Matthews has a 127-69-1 record in 11 CFL seasons, and is the fourth winningest coach in league history. Calgary's Wally Buono has a 89-31-1 record in six CFL seasons, and is the league's winningest coach of the 1990s.

What Baltimore has to do to win: Pass the ball effectively enough to keep Calgary's defense honest, so the line can open holes for Mike Pringle to help Baltimore control the ball. Get another great game from punter Josh Miller and kicker Carlos Huerta, the league's best kicking tandem.

What Calgary has to do to win: Get a strong defensive effort to allow Doug Flutie enough chances to work his magic. The Stampeders need to work their short passing game successfully, since they probably will not be able to run on the Stallions.

Injury report: Baltimore -- FS Lester Smith (foot), CB Karl Anthony (knee), SB Reggie Perry (knee), LB Reggie Givens (knee) and DB Kareem Bacon (back) are out. C Nick Subis (knee) will play. Calgary -- OT Bruce Covernton (shoulder) and WR Pee Wee Smith (knee) are out.

Quotable: Flutie -- "We have no delusions about being a superior team. We're going to have to go out, bust our tails, get some breaks, protect the ball, and they're going to have to do the same. It's an even matchup."

Outlook: With cold, windy conditions likely, the game probably will be decided by how well each team protects the ball in its own territory, who wins the coin toss and takes advantage of the wind in the second and fourth quarters, and how effectively each team runs the ball. Calgary is gearing up to stop Pringle, but don't be surprised if Tracy Ham's running and first-down passing is a big factor. Most of the pre-game hype has revolved around Pringle and Flutie, but this game will be decided by defense and special teams, and the Stallions are better in both areas.

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