The National Football League, or NFL, is back and fans are already going crazy. After all, American football has a short regular season of only 16 games, meaning there is no room for early season jitters or mistakes. All the teams must hit the ground running if they do not want to miss the playoff boat. Unlike basketball, baseball and hockey that enjoy long regular seasons, thus allowing the teams and the fans some games to relax, American football has a playoff-like atmosphere week in and week out.
Tickets may be hard to come by for even the most die hard of fans. They are precious items that cost a lot, with some being priced astonishingly high. Here now is a list of the top 10 most expensive NFL tickets for 2013 based on the average price of each team.
10 Baltimore Ravens - $281.75
They won the Super Bowl last season, but Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Anquan Boldin are all gone. Though they have added pass rushers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs, the defense does not have the pedigree and experience of last season. Joe Flacco is now the sole leader of this team, and he will be looking at Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce for help and support. Lewis enjoyed a great retirement season that he capped off with a ring; the current Ravens hope to build on this success by taking on this new season as an even bigger challenge to retain the title.
9 Dallas Cowboys - $283.99
Tony Romo is one of football’s favorite whipping boys, especially once the Cowboys are booted out of playoff contention. However, he’s the one laughing all the way to the bank with a six-year, $108 million extension signed last March. Cowboys fans should hope for a better season not only from Romo, but also from running back DeMarco Murray and from their terribly disappointing defense that now has a new coordinator in Monte Kiffin.
8 Denver Broncos - $306.52
Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas; Peyton Manning will have an array of options when he throws the football. The running backs may be a concern, as well as a hurting offensive line. The defense will miss Elvis Dumervil and will be without Von Miller for several games due to suspension. However Manning, despite the fact that he’s still on top of his game, is already 37, so the team has no time to dwell on its weaknesses. It must instead focus on its strength as only a Super Bowl title can end its season with satisfaction.
7 Pittsburgh Steelers - $314.81
The Steelers had a .500 season last year and missed the playoffs, so they hope to bounce back big time this year. After all, they haven’t missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons since the turn of the century. Ben Roethlisberger hopes to stay healthy this year, while the defense hopes to carry on its status as the best in the league, despite the departure of key veterans James Harrison and Casey Hampton. Much is expected from rookie Jarvis Jones, the team’s new outside linebacker. The offensive line protecting Roethlisberger is also young and tough, but may need time to jell.
6 New York Jets - $387.79
Yes, the Jets have some of the most expensive tickets in the league. That’s probably because they play in New York, the biggest market in the country. The team does not have any playmakers, and they still have Mark Sanchez as its quarterback. An injury has put Geno Smith in the limelight, which is not very assuring. The Jets are probably looking forward already for a chance to draft Jadeveon Clowney, the star defensive end of South Carolina.
5 Detroit Lions - $391.48
The Lions got Reggie Bush, who may be on his eighth year but can still manage to give them a lot of running yards. This will help provide a running attack to complement the passing game of Matthew Stafford and the receiving ability of Calvin Johnson. The team also picked up safety Glover Quin. Of course, the problem is that they play in a loaded division, not to mention the conference.
4 Green Bay Packers - $413.57
Aaron Rodgers used to be the Green Bay Packers, but he really needs help. It may come in the form of Randall Cobb, who is slowly becoming a premier receiver. The rookie running back, Eddie Lacy, looks impressive. However, someone has to protect Rodgers blind side; he was the league’s most sacked passer last year.
3 New York Giants - $443.03
Last year, they finished with the same 9-7 record as the previous year. It can even be argued that they were statistically better than the previous year. The year 2011 ended with a Super Bowl while 2012 saw them missing the playoffs. David Wilson will shoulder most of the running, as backup Andre Brown is still recovering from a broken leg. The secondary must also tighten up to compensate for the loss of safety Stevie Brown.
2 Chicago Bears - $511.44
It may be difficult at first, as the team has two rookies on the right side of the offensive line and quarterback Jay Cutler will have to learn another system for the fourth time in five years. Their coach is also new, though Marc Trestman was immensely successful up in Canada. This team will probably get better as the season gets longer.
1 New England Patriots - $523.33
Life just got hard for Tom Brady with the departures of Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and Aaron Hernandez. The team’s backfield is loaded, however, so they will probably try to run roughshod over the defense with studs like Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount. Rob Gronkowski will also return to tight end duties soon and Danny Amendola will probably get comfortable with Brady and the system as the season goes along. They also have stalwart young defenders in Dont’a Hightower and Chandler Jones.
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