"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."

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, their strengths and weaknesses, and put together a plan to try to do things well against them," Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio told Denver reporters. "There's certainly an adjustment on their part."

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 last time," nose guard Terrence Cody said. "Our pad level was too high. We hate to give up those yards. We feel like it's disrespect when you run on us, but we know what to expect this time."

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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