All posts by Evan Knopp

Content Specialist at TicketCity.

Week 1 of the NFL — Rematches and Rivalries

The NFL season is almost here, and Week 1 of the regular season is what every football fan looks forward to for seven months out of the year. Sometimes we see exactly what we expect, other times we see the tides beginning to change with a big win in the first game of the season. This year there are some big games that could open our eyes to who might be contending and who might be a door mat for the rest of the NFL. Let’s look inside the best that Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season has to offer.

Russell Wilson gets a shot at the Packers after winning a Super Bowl last season.

Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks (Seattle, WA)

It’s the big rematch of the famous ‘Fail Mary’ game last season, and both of these team are among the favorites in the NFC in 2014. Aaron Rodgers is back healthy and that means the Packers are a force to be reckoned with. Even with Rodgers, winning in Seattle is a tough thing to do, and the Legion of Boom will be looking for some Green Bay receivers to rough up. Seattle really destroyed the Broncos in the Super Bowl, so the entire NFL will want to see how they do in their first test since the big game.

Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers (Arlington, TX)

The 49ers came so close to the Super Bowl once again and opening up the first game of the season against the Cowboys is a great test as they begin their assault on another NFC title. Colin Kaepernick will likely not have any problems cutting through the Dallas defense, but the Cowboys offense is also quite potent. This could be a shootout as many Cowboys games are, and these two franchises have always played great games against each other.

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons (Atlanta, GA)

The Falcons had an off year in 2013, but with everyone back healthy this season Atlanta should be one of the best teams in the AFC once again. Matt Ryan has his one-two punch of Roddy White and Julio Jones back, and while Tony Gonzalez is gone, Ryan has more than enough firepower. The Saints are firepower personified, so this should be another high scoring game. Drew Brees has the best tight end in the game in Jimmy Graham and this could very well come down to the last drive of the game.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos (Denver, CO)

It’s another edition of Manning against his old team, but this time it’s in Colorado. The Colts had a great season last year under second-year QB Andrew Luck, but Manning set NFL records for the Broncos on the way to leading his team to the Super Bowl. The Broncos have only gotten better in the offseason, but if the Colts can somehow get this win, it could shift the power to Indy in the AFC for the rest of the season.

Ranking the Texas Longhorns Home Football Games

Entering the 2013 season for the Texas Longhorns, expectations were tempered as the quarterback position was still much in question and several key performers on both sides of the ball had graduated or departed for the draft.  Had fans been offered a 7-2 record in the Big 12 Conference, many would have likely jumped on it.  With Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Baylor, the Big 12 had three top-15 programs in the nation, as well as dangerous teams in West Virginia and Texas Tech.  Nonetheless, Texas did in fact go 7-2 in the Big 12, but struggled out of the gate in non-conference play.  After soundly beating New Mexico State in the home opener, the Longhorns were trounced at BYU, losing 40-21, and then followed that up with a loss at home against Ole Miss, 44-23.

The Longhorns then went on to win six in a row in the Big 12, positioning themselves well to potentially stake a claim in the Big 12 championship, but they lost to Oklahoma State 38-13 and then were defeated by Baylor 30-10.  After an embarrassing 30-7 loss against Oregon in the Alamo Bowl, the Mack Brown era officially ended at the University of Texas.

Enter Charlie Strong.  The former Louisville coach will begin his tenure as the main man on the Longhorns sidelines in 2014 and his best hope of winning over the Texas faithful is by protecting the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium turf.  The Longhorns have six home games at Texas Memorial Stadium on the schedule in 2014 (they will also be playing at AT&T Stadium against the UCLA Bruins and at the Cotton Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners.)  The opener will be against the North Texas Mean Green and a chance for Strong to provide a good first impression for the Longhorns fans.  Texas football tickets have a median ticket price of $75 for the first game of the regular season, the cheapest of any game on the Texas schedule.

Texas Longhorns Home Games Median Price

The game garnering the highest median ticket price is currently the Saturday, October 4th matchup against the Baylor Bears. Baylor returns starting quarterback Bryce Petty and many other starters to a team that lost just once last year before being narrowly defeated by the University of Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl.  This will be the first opportunity for Strong to show how his team matches up against the Big XII’s finest at home.  Currently, the median ticket price for Texas vs. Baylor tickets is $118.

The median ticket price for the Longhorns season finale against TCU is currently $100, the second highest priced ticket on the Texas home schedule.  Expect this number to fluctuate quite a bit depending on how Texas fares during the season.  If Strong and company struggle out of the gate and the finale has little meaning, there’s a good chance the median ticket price will end up much closer to the $75 that the North Texas game currently is seeing, rather than the $118 of the Baylor game.  But if a win against TCU means a berth into a College Football National Championship playoff spot, the sky is the limit for how much these Longhorns fans will pay to see their team return to glory!

Green Bay Packers 2014 Outlook and Ticket Prices

The Packers had a rough go of it last season. They lost Aaron Rodgers for a good chunk of the season after starting out well. They won only eight games, and had their worst record since 2008 — and still made the playoffs and almost upset the 49ers in the first round. Even when the Packers are bad, they’re good. A healthy Aaron Rodgers will do a lot for the team looking to get back to the Super Bowl and that 15-1 record they had a few years ago. Green Bay has a stellar passing game, and with Rodgers pitching the rock to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb once again in 2014, they’ll be hard to stop. Green Bay also addressed an issue on defense, picking HaHa Clinton-Dix with their first-round pick of the draft. Clinton-Dix is a hard-hitting safety out of Alabama, and it was a dream come true for the Packers when he fell to them. Lets look forward at the eight home games hosted by Lambeau Field this year and see both what the Packers look forward to and what the fans can expect to pay to see a game.

vs. New York Jets, Sept. 14 

The Jets come into Lambeau for the home opener, and it’ll be interesting to see where they are at this point early in the season. Will we see Geno Smith or Michael Vick? Tickets for this one start as low as $146 right now, and that’s for the lower level! Get your first taste of the season at Lambeau in Week 2.

vs. Minnesota Vikings, Oct. 2 

Get-in Price: $150

Aaron Rodgers could pick up another MVP this season.

vs. Carolina Panthers, Oct. 19

The Panthers proved to be one of the NFC’s best teams last season, and their defense will be a good match against the Packers air assault. 700-level ticket for this one start at $150.

vs. Chicago Bears, Nov. 9

The hated Bears come into Lambeau and it could be the contest that swings the division back in Green Bay’s favor. Jay Cutler has Alshon Jeffrey, Brandon Marshall, and Matt Forte, so this could be a very high-scoring game. Tickets start at $163.

vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Nov. 16

Get-in Price: $138

vs. New England Patriots, Nov. 30

Two of the decade’s best quarterbacks face off in this one, and the Patriots always bring a good game to NFC teams. Tickets will start off at $150, and you can even get a lower-level seat in between the 20s for $228.

vs. Atlanta Falcons, Dec. 8

Looking to get into a Packers game for under $100? Look no further. Get in price is currently $93.

vs. Detroit Lions, Dec. 28

Don’t sleep on the Lions this season, Matt Stafford has the offensive weapons to take this Detroit team far. It’ll be up to the defense to make some stops for the Lions if they want to challenge the Packers and Bears in the NFC North. It’s the last game of the season at home, so it could be very important to the playoff race. This one has a get in price of $126, and you can even sit lower level at the 50 yard line for $134. What a deal for a game at Lambeau!