The 2012 NFL preview of Boise State homerism

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 20: Titus Young #16 of the Detroit Lions celebrate a second quarter touchdown while playing the Carolina Panthers at Ford Field on November 20, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Can you accurately predict the outcome of an NFL season based on the number of Boise State players a team has on its roster? Of course not. But - and shhh it's a secret - you can't accurately predict the outcome of an NFL season based on anything. We're all just guessing, so I may as well guess with my Bronco-colored glasses firmly on face.

Two years ago, Boise State alums Daryn Colledge and Korey Hall powered the Packers to the Super Bowl (assist: Aaron Rodgers). Last year, the Packers let both Colledge and Hall go in free agency then lost to the eventual NFL champion New York Giants in a playoff upset.

The lesson: Treat your Boise State players right.

The following is an NFL preview based on the hospitality that teams are showing to the 19 - yes, nineteen - former Broncos on NFL rosters. My advice: Start all the Broncos.

Teams out of the running for a Super Bowl because they have no Boise State players: Patriots, Bills, Ravens, Steelers, Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Titans, Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Giants, Eagles, Redskins, Packers, and 49ers.

Arizona Cardinals - Daryn Colledge, starting guard (5 hospitality points); Nate Potter, backup tackle (2 hospitality points); blaming the offensive line for all their problems (minus-15 hospitality points)

Atlanta Falcons - Tommy Gallarda, third tight end (1 hospitality point)

Carolina Panthers - Richie Brockel, backup fullback (2 hospitality points)

Chicago Bears - Shea McClellin, third or fourth defensive end (2 hospitality points); unrealistic expectations on Shea McClellin (minus-1 hospitality point)

Cincinnati Bengals - George Iloka, backup free safety (2 hospitality points)

Cleveland Browns - Billy Winn, part-time starting defensive tackle (4 hospitality points)

Dallas Cowboys - Tyrone Crawford, backup defensive end/tackle (2 hospitality points); Orlando Scandrick, third or fourth cornerback (2 hospitality points)

Note: Orlando Scandrick has requested that his hospitality points not count for this preview

Denver Broncos - Ryan Clady, starting offensive tackle (5 hospitality points)

Detroit Lions - Kept Kellen Moore as their third quarterback (2,000 hospitality points); Titus Young, third wide receiver (3 hospitality points)

Miami Dolphins - Legedu Naanee, starting wide receiver (5 hospitality points)

Minnesota Vikings - Released Chris Carr (minus-5 hospitality points); signed Chase Baker to practice squad (1 hospitality point)

New Orleans Saints - Korey Hall, backup fullback (2 hospitality points)

New York Jets - Kyle Wilson, third or fourth cornerback (2 hospitality points)

St. Louis Rams - Quintin Mikell, starting free safety (5 hospitality points); Austin Pettis, serving a suspension for PEDs but will be back in a few weeks and the Rams are holding a spot for him (2 hospitality points)

Seattle Seahawks - Jeron Johnson, backup strong safety (2 hospitality points)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Named Doug Martin the starting running back over LeGarrette Blount (3,000 hospitality points)

OBNUG's official NFL picks of homerism

  • AFC playoff teams: Dolphins, vacated AFC South champion, Browns, Broncos, Bengals (wild card), Jets (wild card)
  • NFC playoff teams: Cowboys, Lions, Buccaneers, Rams, Bears (wild card), Seahawks (wild card)
  • AFC conference championship game: Dolphins over Browns
  • NFC conference championship game: Buccaneers over Lions
  • Super Bowl: Buccaneers over Dolphins
  • Champion: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Congratulations to the 2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

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What the NFL Broncos are doing this week:

FB Richie Brockel - Carolina Panthers

Next: @ Tampa Bay

OT Ryan Clady - Denver Broncos

Next: vs. Pittsburgh, Sunday night on NBC

OG Daryn Colledge - Arizona Cardinals

Next: vs. Seattle

DE Tyrone Crawford - Dallas Cowboys

Next: @ New York Giants, tonight on NBC

TE Tommy Gallarda - Atlanta Falcons

Next: @ Kansas City

FB Korey Hall - New Orleans Saints

Next: vs. Washington

FS George Iloka - Cincinnati Bengals

Next: @ Baltimore, Monday night on ESPN

SS Jeron Johnson - Seattle Seahawks

Next: @ Arizona

DE Shea McClellin - Chicago Bears

Next: vs. Indianapolis

RB Doug Martin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Next: vs. Carolina

FS Quintin Mikell - St. Louis Rams

Next: @ Detroit

QB Kellen Moore - Detroit Lions

Next: vs. St. Louis

WR Legedu Naanee - Miami Dolphins

Next: @ Houston

WR Austin Pettis - St. Louis Rams

Next: @ Detroit

OT Nate Potter - Arizona Cardinals

Next: vs. Seattle

CB Orlando Scandrick - Dallas Cowboys

Next: @ New York Giants, tonight on NBC

CB Kyle Wilson - New York Jets

Next: vs. Buffalo

DT Billy Winn - Cleveland Browns

Next: vs. Philadelphia

WR Titus Young - Detroit Lions

Next: vs. St. Louis

Transaction sheet:

  • Aaron Tevis released by Saints (preseason Week 3)
  • Derek Schouman released by Saints (preseason W4)
  • Chris Carr released by Vikings (preseason W4)
  • Brandyn Thompson released by Redskins (preseason W4)
  • Kyle Efaw released by Raiders (preseason W4)
  • Jarrell Root released by Dolphins (preseason W4)
  • Chase Baker added to Vikings practice squad (preseason W4)
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