With football season just around the corner, fans are going gaga again scrounging for tickets of the most important games. Not that there is a game that is not important. With only 16 games in the regular season, the teams always go all out all the time.
Still, there are just some games that carry more meaning than others. Rivalry games, rematches of past playoff matchups, games of future Hall of Fame players, these are the games that get the juices flowing even more than the usual. Here now is a list of the top 10 most expensive games on the 2013 NFL schedule.
10. Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys – $442
These are two of the traditional powerhouses in the NFL. This year, with quarterbacks that have slings in their arms, the Packers and Cowboys are expected to light up the scoreboard when they meet. Tony Romo hopes to finally perform well in a big game and maybe one day, he will also achieve the high status that Aaron Rodgers has already attained. The average price of $442 is already 61 percent higher than other Cowboys’ home games. The cheapest ticket is going for $135.
9. Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos – $449
It is a matchup between the present and the future. Peyton Manning successfully returned last season and was a safety’s tap away from a conference championship game slot. The Redskins have Robert Griffin III, one of last season’s exciting batch of rookie quarterbacks. Mike Shanahan, who led the Broncos to consecutive Super Bowls, makes his return to Denver. Cheapest ticket is at $135, while average price is $449.
8. Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears – $462
This is one of NFL’s fiercest rivalries. It is also one of the most competitive, with only four games separating the two squads that first met in 1921. Expect a lot of flags and late hits, as these two teams simply don’t like each other. Average price is at $462, which is actually not bad as it is only four percent higher than the normal average in Chicago. Cheapest ticket is at $150.
7. New York Giants at Chicago Bears – $463
The last time these two teams met, the Giants mauled the Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler in New York, sacking him 10 times and limiting the Bears to just one field goal the entire game. Will it be payback time in Chicago? Will they be able to handle Eli Manning? The average price for the game is $463, while the cheapest ticket is currently at $149.
6. Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints – $467
The Saints are back, or at least, their coach is back. Sean Payton returns after being suspended for the entire season last year for placing bounties on the heads of their opponents. New Orleans ended up with a losing record, as a result. This year, they hope to bounce back and this matchup with the Cowboys should help their morale and record. That is, if they win. Average price is $467, an astounding 68 percent above the price of other home games. Cheapest ticket is $173.
5. Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears – $479
Chicago has one of the more expensive home tickets, while the Cowboys usually are a favorite visitor. After all, they’re supposed to be America’s Team, so opposing fans treat them as their favorite foes. The Bears hope to repeat last year’s rout of the Cowboys when they intercepted Tony Romo five times. Average price is $479, while cheapest ticket is $157.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots – $485
Steelers, Patriots, Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady; need you hear more? These two teams have won five of the last 12 Super Bowls. Hall of Fame-bound quarterbacks lead both teams. It really does not get much better than this. The fans in Massachusetts know this. It drove up the average ticket price to $485, which is 27 percent higher than the normal average price of a Patriots’ ticket. The cheapest ticket, meanwhile, is at $148 and that will only get you in to the nosebleed section of the stadium.
3. Denver Broncos at New England Patriots – $488
You asked earlier if it could get any better than Roethlisberger and Brady? How about this one: Peyton Manning and Tom Brady? They have been two of the best quarterbacks over the last decade, and maybe of all time. That the score is so lopsided in Brady’s favor does not matter. After all, this is only Manning’s second season with the Broncos, and he wasn’t given a chance to narrow down Brady’s lead when he was denied at the last second by the Ravens of a slot in the AFC Championship Game. Plus, the ever-reliable Wes Welker is back, but this time in a Denver uniform. The average price is $488, while the cheapest ticket is at $140.
2. San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks – $491
This is a matchup between division rivals that are both on top of the conference. It features two up and coming young quarterbacks in Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. Both quarterbacks, as well as both teams, performed really well last season. This year, both have aspirations to go to the Super Bowl. The average price is $491, which is 82 percent above the normal price of a Seahawks’ home game. Cheapest ticket is at $180.
1. Denver Broncos at New York Giants – $493
All the elements of an expensive game are here. It will be held in New York. It will feature two marquee quarterbacks. It will pit two teams that have legitimate shots of going all the way. Plus, it is only the third time that the Manning brothers will meet on the field. Peyton has won both previous matchups, but Eli does have two Super Bowl rings compared to Peyton’s one. Average price for the game is $493, while the cheapest ticket is at $192.
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