The NFL is unpredictable and sometimes borderline insane, yet it never fails to disappoint. That goes for NFL ticket prices, too, at least for week 11, as last week’s top-five priced games of the week lived up to their billing.
In fact, two of the top-five games in week 11 had to be decided in overtime. Another was a showdown between two division rivals (the Broncos and Chiefs) that had one combined loss on the season. And a fourth was decided by a field goal as time expired. The Seahawks blew out the Vikings in the only top-five dud.
What does this tell us? That NFL fans aren’t just paying for big names or team history. They’re getting a positive return on their entertainment investment, as the top-priced games are actually meeting and often exceeding expectations. It’s not always in the fashion we expect, but overall the value has been there, and then some.
With that in mind, let’s move ahead at full speed into week 12 and see if this week’s top-priced games can do the same:
1. Cowboys @ Giants | Avg: $413 | Get-in: $135 | Trend: +3%
The G-Men could have caved after an awful 0-6 start. Instead, they grouped together and suddenly are fairly healthy and riding a four-game winning streak. The Cowboys, on the other hand, still control their own destiny in the NFC East but are floundering on both sides of the ball. However, this is easily the biggest game of the year for both sides, and rightfully ends up being the most expensive game of week 12, as well.
Dallas Cowboys tickets jump up by 47% on the road in this one, while New York Giants tickets see a 44% rise. Why? Because a shot at the division is on the line for both teams, while another loss for Big Blue could spell the end of the line. Needless to say, there is a ton of hype surrounding this one and it’s unlikely to disappoint.
2. Broncos @ Patriots | Avg: $391 | Get-in: $179 | Trend: -19%
Patriots tickets see a 36% increase in price this week, while Broncos tickets for road games jump up by 40%. It’s only natural, as we’re prepping for another instant classic between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. A potential first round playoff bye is also on the line in this meeting, as the winner gets the tie breaker and these two teams are currently separated by just two losses. Surprisingly only 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%
The St. Louis Rams welcome the Chicago Bears to town in week 12, as the Rams try to steal 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 Jay 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%.
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 dispose of the annoyingly competitive Rams to keep the momentum going.
4. Jets @ Ravens | Avg: $170 | Get-in: $52 | Trend: +20%
Rex Ryan faces his former team as the Jets try to push Baltimore out of the playoff race and get back in the hunt for their own division title. 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 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%
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.