There's no question that some things will be different when the Ravens return next week. The coaches are working on ways to help on both sides of the ball, and there's going to be changes somewhere.
Here's a few predictions for what might look a little different:
1. Ray Rice will get the ball a lot more. This issue's been discussed ad nauseum so far, but even if the Ravens want to play with that no-huddle offense, they've got to get the ball into his hands. He's one of the top backs in the NFL and what makes him so dangerous is that he can run and catch. Not every good back can do that. He can lift the offense all by himself.
2. Bernard Pierce should get more action. He can fill the role that Ricky Williams did, giving Rice a break, and giving the Ravens a good powerful runner that defenses won't love to see.
3. Vonta Leach should get more action. He's a brutal blocker at fullback. Add these first three together, and, to me, it's easy to see why the Ravens might run more in the second half.
4. The defense is going to improve for a few reasons. First, Terrell Suggs is back, and that changes a lot of things. Second, the younger players are working at learning the game and learning their roles. That stuff just takes time. They aren't going to make major moves, so the Ravens are going to have to see what they can do with who they've got.
5. The cornerbacks will do better. Jimmy Smith played stronger in the second half of last year, and Cary Williams will do the same this season. He's coming back off of some health problems in the off-season and is showing signs of finding his way again. Plus, with Suggs back and a better pass rush in place, that will help everything.