Tri-Cities Fever

Preview: Billings Outlaws (5-1) at Tri-Cities Fever (1-4)

KENNEWICK -- Here is a look at today's game, scheduled to kick off at 7:05 p.m., at Toyota Center:

Last week: Tri-Cities lost on the road to the Kent Predators 55-33. Billings beat the Alaska Wild at home 65-25.

Previous meeting: Billings won at home in the teams' first matchup 64-50 in Week 2.

Players to watch: Tri-Cities: QB Andy Collins (74-124-5-869, 20 TDs), RB Tyson Thompson (588 all-purpose yards, 3 TDs, 21.0 kick return avg.), WR Thyron Lewis (25-366, 13 TDs), CB Montavis Pitts (44 tackles, 2 int), K Brett Jaekle (5-11 FG, 15-20 XP). Billings: QB Chris Dixon (94-148-5-894, 28 TDs passing; 55-290, 5 TDs rushing), WR James Walton (22-300, 11 TDs), RB Eddie Linscomb (29-120, 5 TDs; LB Kelly Rouse (59 tackles, 2 sacks), K Garret Palmer (5-7 FG, 33-42 XP).

Notes: Billings has won four games in a row, losing to Colorado in Week 2. Tri-Cities' only win came at home against Fairbanks in Week 7. ... The Fever ranks fourth in the league in points per game (48.6) and sixth in passing yards (173.6). The Outlaws are second in points (55.7), fourth in yards from scrimmage (250) and seventh in rushing yards (100.7). Defensively, Tri-Cities ranks last in the IFL in points allowed (56.4) and yards allowed (284). Billings is also in the bottom half of the league in points against, rushing defense and passing defense. ... The Fever made no roster moves this week, but the Outlaws traded WR Lemans Casimier, a top-20 receiver, to Colorado for WR Josh Gibson and OL Sam Bentley. ... K Jaekle kicked four field goals against Billings in Week 2.

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