"Once we got down, we weren't running the ball no more and we were throwing the ball a lot," fullback Vonta Leach said. "We've just got to do a better job of getting into manageable third downs."

In the first game, the Ravens' wide receivers struggled against press coverage as starters Anquan Boldin was shut out completely and Smith was limited to one catch for 14 yards.

"We just need to execute on everything," Smith said. "Quick passes, whether it's your hots when they're blitzing or when you get the opportunity to take shots, just making everything count."

The Ravens finished with only 278 yards of total offense and a dozen first downs. Flacco was sacked three times, and completed just 50 percent of his throws.

"We can't become one-dimensional," offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said. "We really have to be good in every single area. We have to be good in terms of our passing, and we have to be very good in terms of our running game."

Accounting for Miller and Dumervil, who have combined for 29 1/2 sacks, is a paramount responsibility for the offensive line.

"We want to get the running game going and protect Joe," Yanda said. "Those are the priorities. They're a good defense overall. It's going to be a hell of a test."

The configuration of the line has changed significantly since the first time they played Denver with Bryant McKinnie replacing left tackle Michael Oher, who shifted to right tackle with rookie Kelechi Osemele moving inside to left guard.

"I’ll get to know the different people, some of their strengths and weaknesses, and put together a plan to try to put our guys in position to do things well against them," Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio told Denver reporters. "There’s been certainly an adjustment on their part since we last played."

Meanwhile, the Ravens' defense will need to do a much better job of containing Moreno. He ran roughshod over them in the first game, gaining 115 yards and scoring one touchdown.

"We got knocked around a little bit last time and our pad level was too high," nose guard Terrence Cody
said. "We need to come in with better technique and try to control their offensive line. We hate to give up those yards. We feel like it's disrespect when you try to run on us, but we know what to expect this time. They talked a little trash. I haven't forgotten that."

In December, cornerback Cary Williams and free safety Ed Reed failed to adjust to Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker's double-move on a 50-yard touchdown catch.

And star quarterback Peyton Manning was only sacked twice and completed 17 of 28 passes for 204 yards and a 94.9 passer rating.

Of course, the cerebral game of adjustments works both ways as Manning has had time to derive a detailed scouting report on the Ravens.

"He's a Hall of Fame quarterback, but we can't worry about what they're doing," Pollard said. "This is not about a revenge game or an individual game. It's about 11 guys going out and kicking some butt."

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