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Tiger-Cats/Stallions today


Site: Memorial Stadium

Time: 2 p.m.

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

Records: Baltimore 14-3, Hamilton 8-9.

Last week: Baltimore, on a last-minute field goal by Carlos Huerta, edged British Columbia, 28-26; Hamilton was upset by Ottawa, 30-9.

First meeting: Baltimore rolled past the Tiger-Cats, 41-14, in Hamilton on Sept. 2. Mike Pringle rushed for a season-high 201 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.

On the sidelines: Baltimore's Don Matthews has a 124-69-1 record in 11 CFL seasons. Hamilton's Don Sutherin has an 11-18 record over two CFL seasons.

What Baltimore has to do to win: Protect the ball, control the line of scrimmage the way it did eight weeks ago in Hamilton, and contain scrambling QB Steve Taylor.

What Hamilton has to do to win: Neutralize the Stallions' offensive line, which had its way with the Tiger-Cats in the first meeting.

Injury report: Baltimore -- CB Irv Smith (shoulder), SB Reggie Perry (knee), CB Karl Anthony (knee), FS Lester Smith (foot), LB Reggie Givens (knee) and DB Kareem Bacon (upper back) are out. Hamilton -- DT Mike Campbell (ankle), SB Kelvin Means (ankle), T Dave Richardson (knee), DB Sam Rogers (back), S Roger Hennig (groin), LB Shawn Smith (knee) are out.

Outlook: Eight weeks ago, Baltimore's offensive line and Pringle whipped the Tiger-Cats. The second time around, the scenario will be a bit different. Mike O'Shea, Hamilton's top linebacker, missed the first Baltimore game with an elbow injury, but he is back. Pringle will play for only the first two series, before turning backfield duty over to rookie Louis Fite. Unless Taylor produces a big game with his scrambling ability and Baltimore stops too many of its own drives with turnovers and penalties, the Stallions should have little trouble sweeping Hamilton.

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