Despite the 2103 NFL season being one of unpredictability, injury and borderline insanity, NFL fans across the nation can agree that it’s at least been interesting. More importantly, the price of admission for NFL games has largely been fair - if not a downright steal most weeks.
In fact, our top-five price game list from week 11 didn’t disappoint. Two of the top-five games went into extra time (OT), one needed two late field goals to decide the winner, while the Sunday Night Football game between the previously undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and the AFC West rival Denver Broncos was close, throughout. The Seahawks/Vikings dud was the only casualty, but with the game being in Seattle (where the 9-1 Seahawks have some of the most passionate fans), not many can really complain about going to pay to watch a team that just isn’t losing these days.
So, what does that say? Perhaps it tells us that NFL fans are no longer just paying for big names or their team’s tradition. In fact, the top-billed games are actually meeting expectations and in some cases even exceeding them.
With that in mind, we moves full speed ahead into week 12 to see if the trend continues with this week’s top-priced games:
1. Cowboys @ Giants | Avg: $413 | Get-in: $135 | Trend: +3%
The Giants could have easily given up after a dreadful 0-6 start to their season. Instead, they picked themselves up and are suddenly one of the hottest teams in the league, riding a four-game winning streak. Dallas, on the other hand, still controls their own destiny in the NFC East but are struggling on both sides of the ball. However, this is easily the biggest game of the year for both teams, and rightfully ends up being the most expensive game of week 12, as well.
Dallas Cowboys tickets see a 47% spike on the road in this one, while New York Giants tickets see a 44% jump. A better standing in the division is all the reason we need to figure out why, while a loss for either team could spell the end of the line.
2. Broncos @ Patriots | Avg: $391 | Get-in: $179 | Trend: -19%
New England Patriots tickets see a 36% boost in price this week, while Broncos tickets for road games jump up by 40%. It only makes sense, too, as we’re prepping for another instant classic between the ageless wonders in Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. A potential playoff preview is on full display in this one, too, while the winner gets the tie-breaker in regards to the hunt for a first-round bye. Surprisingly just the second most expensive NFL game of week 12, this one is sure to bring major value.
3. Bears @ Rams | Avg: $212 | Get-in: $90 | Trend: -2%
St. Louis welcomes the Jay Cutler-less Chicago Bears to town in week 12, as the Rams try to pull off an unlikely win for the second time in their last two games. There is new found hope in St. Louis these days after a huge blowout win on the road over the Indianapolis Colts in their last game. Even Cutler sitting this one out can’t damage the stock of this game, as Rams tickets see a gigantic 114% uptick. Bears tickets aren’t hurting either at +39%, thanks to backup Josh McCown actually being 2-0 as a starter.
With another win in week 11, Chicago is back in the driver seat for first place in the NFC North. Now all they have to do is topple the annoyingly competitive Rams to keep the momentum going.
4. Jets @ Ravens | Avg: $170 | Get-in: $52 | Trend: +20%
Former Ravens defensive coordinator and current Jets head coach Rex Ryan travels back to Baltimore as both the Jets and Ravens try to keep pace for a wild card playoff spot. Geno Smith has been struggling badly, though, so a natural 31% drop in price for Ravens tickets is understandable, while Ryan returning to his old stomping grounds actually has New York Jets tickets up 30% in week 12. It’s sure to be a defensive battle this week, with the loser likely succumbing to a lost season.
5. 49ers @ Redskins | Avg: $167 | Get-in: $29 | Trend: -23%
Washington Redskins tickets take a -7% hit this week, while 49ers tickets do the same with a 23% drop. That just means more value for both sides, as this one has all the makings of a classic. Throw their records out the window (‘Skins are just 3-7) and marvel at the matchup between athletic quarterbacks in Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III. Even more, the 49ers badly need this win, while the Redskins are all but eliminated from this year’s playoff chase with a home loss.