DENVER, Colo. - You don't have to be a genius to figure out how to beat the Oakland Raiders.
You don't even have to be a mastermind.
What you do need is the ability to turn on both a VCR and television, be coherent enough to study the Miami Dolphins game plan and have a pen and paper handy.
Taking notes you'd see the Dolphins employed a strong defensive pass rush, forcing Rich Gannon out of the pocket, limiting his time to find his future Hall of Fame receivers and generally disrupting the one dimension game plan that is slowly becoming a Raider trademark.
A sharp contrast to the Ray Rhodes fiasco of Nov. 11, when the defensive coordinator utilized a two or three lineman blitz, allowing Gannon to pick apart the Broncos secondary to the tune of a 34-10 embarrassment.
Hopefully Rhodes learned his lesson. If not the season, which only four weeks ago appeared to be so bright, will be officially over, and the rebuilding process will once again begin next June at training camp.
Do or die, the next sixty-minutes of football spell the future for the Denver Broncos, Mike Shanahan and Ray Rhodes as well. Another missed opportunity and the only thing quicker than a Clinton Portis breakaway will be the clearing out of lockers and offices at Dove Valley.
The countdown has officially begun.
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