The Ravens scored 10 points in the final two minutes of the first half -- thanks to a gift fumble by Bills kickoff returner C.J. Spiller -- to pull within four points of the Bills, 24-20. But they need to make some adjustments at halftime to complete their comeback this afternoon.
For starters, the Ravens need to run the freaking ball. They are running at will against the Bills, averaging 7.6 yards per carry, but 22 of their 33 plays have been pass plays. No wonder the Ravens defense looks gassed out there trying to shut down the Bills' passing game.
Speaking of that, the Ravens should use more press coverage. They're not getting anywhere near quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has thrown three touchdown passes, because he's getting the ball out of his hands so quickly. A little jostling at the line should slow his receivers down.
Finally, the Ravens need to do something to shut down the Bills' outside running game. Just like the Patriots did with Danny Woodhead last week, the Bills are having success running off tackle with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. If the Ravens can set the edge and funnel them to the inside, I like their chances of stuffing Jackson and Spiller.
Honestly, things could be a lot worse right now for the Ravens. But they have to feel great about going into the locker room down by just four points. We'll see if they switch things up in the second half.
Instant update: I forgot to mention that the Ravens should use more flea-flickers. After Ed Reed picked off Fitzpatrick early in the third quarter, Joe Flacco hit Anquan Boldin on a flea-flicker for a 34-yard touchdown. What a crazy 16-second span there. The Ravens are back on top, 27-24.