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Ravens make adjustments, speed up pace after being blitzed by Titans

Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton kept sending linebackers after Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in Sunday's game with a blitz package that also disrupted running plays.

But after a slow start, the Ravens made the proper adjustments to recover for a 21-7 win at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens outgained the Titans in the second half with 226 yards of total offense to their 45 yards, outscoring them 14-0 in the second half.

"They came after us," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "They threw the kitchen sink at us, so to speak. It's a pressure package. Ray Horton does a great job with it. He had a couple of weeks to prepare and to attack some of our run schemes, especially.

"They had a really good concept to go after our run-blocking patterns and cause us some trouble, but the coaches and the players got together on the sideline, and we started blocking better as the game went on."

The Ravens struggled in the first half, punting on all but two possessions. During the second half, behind a running game led by Justin Forsett's game-high 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Torrey Smith's touchdown catch, the offense finally picked up some steam.

"They brought a ton of different looks at us, probably some things that we weren't expecting," tight end Owen Daniels said. "They had an extra week to prepare, and that showed. But I think we did an awesome job adjusting, handling what they were bringing at us and guys stepping up adjusting to pass protection.

"That's what we can expect going forward. You want to be disruptive as a defense. I think that's what teams want to do to us and keep us off-balance. If we can handle that, there are big plays to be made."

Daniels said the Ravens are working on their quick-game and trying to become less predictable.

"Getting the ball out fast is always a big thing," he said. "We've been trying to quick-count teams so they can't hit the blitzes at full-speed and having them be a little off-balance in that respect."

End zone

Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill) has missed the past two games with a pulled hamstring. He'll spend the bye week rehabbing at the Ravens' training complex in hopes of returning for a Nov. 24 game against the New Orleans Saints. "Fingers crossed," Harbaugh said of Campanaro. "All the injured guys will be in here every day." … Harbaugh was noncommittal on whether offensive lineman Jah Reid, who broke his right hand and had surgery last week, will remain on the active roster.

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