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2012 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

Green Bay Packers PhotoIt’s no secret that popular teams in major sports markets like the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago, Bears, New England Patriots, NY Giants, NY Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers etc., all demand top dollar for tickets regardless of competitiveness.   However, ticket price is often dependent upon not just the popularity of the team but also the success.      Although any team with strong fan support that is a legitimate Super Bowl contender is likely to have some rather pricey tickets on the secondary market, many ticket speculators often forget that even less popular teams with small fan bases can see major spikes in ticket prices during seasons in which they are contending for a playoff spot.

Below we break down the Top 10 NFL teams in terms of anticipated ticket demand.  Obviously, these rankings are largely based on popularity and fan support but preseason outlook is also given considerable weight in our analysis.

2012 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

1.  Green Bay Packers

The Packers may not be in a large market but they more than make up for that with the passion of their fan base.  The Packers may have fallen short in their quest to repeat as Super Bowl Championship but Aaron Rodgers and company should be back in the mix once again.

2.  New England Patriots

The Patriots are ranked either #1 or #2 in most preseason rankings and should be in contention for another Super Bowl if Tom Brady can stay healthy.  We all know how sports crazy the Boston area is…

3.   New York Giants

The Giants are the defending Super Bowl Champs in the largest city in the US…enough said.

4.  Denver Broncos

The Broncos surprised a lot of people last year with a less than spectacular Tim Tebow at the helm.  The arrival of Peyton Manning has Bronco fans very excited and it is already reflected in tickets prices for 2012-13 games.

5.  Chicago Bears

Fans in Chicago are extremely excited to see what Jay Cutler can do with a bonafide #1 WR in Brandon Marshall.  With an aging Bears defense this might be do or die time for the franchise.

6.  Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers always seem to be competitive and always sell out Heinz Field.  There is no reason to think that will change this year.

7.  Detroit Lions

The Lions made a big return to relevancy last year.  Football fans in Detroit love their Lions and they should have plenty to cheer about with a nasty defense and a dynamic offense led by Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.

8.  San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers were the sleeper team last year.  As such they quickly rebuilt a fan base that left them after the Joe Montana – Steve Young eras after finishing 13-3.  The 9ers should be a force again this year with the top defense in the NFC.

9.  Philadelphia Eagles

Many expected the Eagles to be a Super Bowl contender last year after lining up a dream team of free agents.  However, last year was a complete disaster proving once again you can’t buy a championship.  However, the Eagles have too much talent to be held down any longer.  Combine that with the ravenous fans in Philly and ticket demand will be considerable.

10.  New York Jets

J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets fans always come out and support their team.  While they aren’t likely to be in any conversations about the Super Bowl, they should contend for a Wildcard spot.  Should QB Mark Sanchez go down and Tim Tebow take over…look out!

Just missed the cut:  Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints

Sleeper Team:  Washington Redskins – If RG3 can be half as effective as Cam Newton was in his rookie campaign, the Redskins could contend for a playoff spot.  Skins fans have been itching to get behind this team and a return to relevancy could mean a huge spike in ticket prices.

 

 

AFC and NFC Championship Games Set

Giants vs 49ers NFC Championship

Wow, what a weekend of football we had.  Both the AFC and NFC divisional match ups lived up to all the hype with the exception of the Patriots vs Broncos game.  That game was never close as Tom Brady and the Pats destroyed Denver 45-10.  With the win the Patriots will host the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens.  The Ravens bested the Houston Texans by a final score of 20-13.  The Patriots – Ravens match up should a great one as it pits one of the best offenses in the league against one of the top defenses.  These two teams are no stranger to playing each other in the playoffs and will meet once again next week at Gillette Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts.

In the NFC both games results in upsets.  On Saturday, we saw the San Francisco 49ers offense actually outscore Drew Brees and the high powered Saints offense 36-32.  Althought the 49ers were higher seeded (#2 vs #3), most experts pick the Saints to easily beat the 49ers and 1st year head coach Jim Harbaugh.

In an even bigger upset, the NY Giants, who squeaked into the playoffs with a modest 9-7 record, defeated the  heavily favored 15-1 Green Bay Packers.  The Giants defense gave Aaron Rodgers plenty of pressure and the high powered Packers offense never got going.  The Giants looked very impressive beating the Packers by a score of 37-20.

With the Packers being the #1 seeded team, the #2 San Francisco 49ers will  get to host the NFC Championship game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

Stay tuned right here as we will announced when the games will be scheduled.

NFC and AFC Divisional Playoff Match-ups Set

broncos vs PatriotsThe NFL Wildcard Weekend is over and we have our matchups for both the NFC and AFC Divisional playoff games.  In the NFC the New Orleans Saints beat up on the Detroit Lions and will move on to San Francisco to face the 49ers.  The NY Giants of football also came up big and defeated the Atlanta Falcons.  The Giants will have the daunting task of playing Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin.

In the AFC the Houston Texans looked impressive in their victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.  The Texans will go on to face the Ravens at MT Bank Stadium in Baltimore Maryland.  Perhaps the most exciting game this weekend was between the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers.  This epic game went into overtime before Tim Tebow once again willed the Denver Broncos to victory.  The Broncos will move on to face the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Boston Massachusetts.

The complete 2012 NFC Playoff Bracket is below:

NFC Wildcard Matchups

NFC Divisional Playoffs

Championship

#1 Green Bay Packers (15-1)

BYE

#2 San Francisco 49ers (13-3)

#1 Green Bay Packers (15-1)

 

BYE

vs #4 NY Giants

TBD vs TBD

#3 New Orleans Saints (13-3)  vs

 

#6 Detroit Lions (10-6)

#2 San Francisco 49ers (13-3)

vs #3 New Orleans Saints

#4 New York Giants (9-7) vs

   

#5 Atlanta Falcons (10-6)

The complete 2012 AFC Playoff Bracket is below:

AFC Wildcard Matchups

AFC Divisional Playoffs

Championship

#1 New England Patriots (13-3)

BYE

#2 Baltimore Ravens (11-4)

#1 New England Patriots (13-3)

 

BYE

vs #4 Denver Broncos

TBD vs TBD

#3 Houston Texans (10-6) vs


#6 Cincinnati Bengals (9-7)

#2 Baltimore Ravens (11-4)

 
 

vs #3 Houston Texans

#4 Denver Broncos (9-7) vs

#5 Pittsburgh Steelers

Update 2012 NFC Playoff Bracket

2012 NY Giants PlayoffsThe 2012 NFL regular season has come to a close and the playoff matchups are all finalized.  The NFC side of the playoff bracket came down to the final game of the season as the New York Giants defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night footbal.  With the win the NY Football Giants are headed to the playoffs as the NFC East Champions.  As such, the G-Men will be the #4 seed and will host the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium (formerly known as the New Meadowlands).

At the top of the Bracket both the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints were victorious.  That means the 49ers get the #2 seed and a first round by over the Saints despite the fact they both finished the season with an impressive 13-3 record.  The 49ers win the tie-breaker with a better NFC record (10-2 vs 9-3).  The Saints will play the #6 seeded Detroit Lions at the newly renamed Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans next weekend.

The complete 2012 NFC Playoff Bracket is below:

NFC Wildcard Matchups

NFC Divisional Playoffs

Championship

#1 Green Bay Packers (15-1)

BYE

#2 San Francisco 49ers (13-3)

#1 Green Bay Packers (15-1)

BYE

vs lowest seeded wildcard winner

TBD vs TBD

#3 New Orleans Saints (13-3)  vs

 

#6 Detroit Lions (10-6)

#2 San Francisco 49ers (13-3)

vs highest seeded wildcard winner

#4 New York Giants (9-7) vs

   

#5 Atlanta Falcons (10-6)

Updated 2012 AFC Playoff Bracket

Sundays results are in and the AFC playoff bracket is now finalized.  The Denver Broncos are the AFC West Division Champions despite losing to the Kansas City Chiefs.  Tim Tebow and company secured their spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2005 as the Oakland Raiders fell to the San Diego Chargers.    The Broncos will face the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in one of the AFC Wildcard games next weekend.

The Cincinnati Bengals also limped into the playoffs after losing to the Baltimore Ravens.  All the Bengals needed was for either the Broncos or Raiders to lose- both of them did.  The Bengals will  be the #6 seed and will face the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium next weekend.

The complete 2012 AFC Playoff Bracket is below:

AFC Wildcard Matchups

AFC Divisional Playoffs

Championship

#1 New England Patriots (13-3)

BYE

#2 Baltimore Ravens (11-4)

#1 New England Patriots (13-3)

BYE

vs lowest seeded wildcard winner

TBD vs TBD

#3 Houston Texans (10-6) vs


#6 Cincinnati Bengals (9-7)

#2 Baltimore Ravens (11-4)

vs highest seeded wildcard winner

#4 Denver Broncos (9-7) vs

#5 Pittsburgh Steelers