Cornerback Cary Williams and free safety Ed Reed were susceptible to double-move patterns, with a glaring breakdown against deceptively fast Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker in the first game. Decker's 51-yard touchdown reception caught Williams and Reed flat-footed. He also caught seven other passes for another 82 yards, winning the individual matchup with Williams, the Ravens' top healthy cornerback. As much as the Ravens need to learn their lessons from that first game against Decker, they can't allow Demaryius Thomas to get hot against them.Corey Graham limited Thomas to four receptions for 13 yards, but he and Manning were clearly out of sync and there were a few drops and overthrows. If both Decker and Thomas get on a roll, this could be a long day for the Ravens' defense. The biggest plus for the Ravens secondary is they've seen these routes already and they get back their enforcer in the middle of the defense: intimidating strong safety Bernard Pollard. Pollard could make a difference for the Ravens with his hitting ability, but he will also need to maintain his composure and stay within the rules as the officials figure to keep an eye on him after his illegal hit on Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne last week.
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