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2012 NFL Week 1 Schedule

New York Jets

Will Mark Sanchez be able to quiet critics and hold off Tim Tebow? The answer may lie in the Jets ability to institute the Wildcat offense.

After college football’s opening weekend this past weekend, it’s now the NFL’s turn to kick off the 2012 season.  After a long offseason filled with OTAs (Organized Team Activities), mini camps, training camps, and preseason games both fans are players are eager to play in games that count.

The NFL will start things off with a special Wednesday night game (September 5th, 2012) between the NY Jets and Dallas Cowboys.  The game will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and will feature two of the more popular teams in the NFL.  Both teams are looking to rebound from disappointing 8-8 seasons in 2011 in which neither team qualified for the playoffs.  All the hype coming out of Jets training camp surrounds the quarterback position.  Jets QB Mark Sanchez inked a new deal but fans and media alike are not sold on his abilities.  If Sanchez stumbles out of the gate be prepared for the second coming of Tebow mania.  The Jets are expected to debut a new hybrid offense in which Tim Tebow will see the field as a running back in a variation of the “Wildcat” offense.  The “Wildcat” formation consists of a direct snap to the running back is named after the Wildcats of West Genesee High School.

Week 1 will also include a double-header of Monday Night Football (MNF) games.  Game 1 will be a matinee (kickoff at 6:00 PM) between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals at MT Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  Game 2 will begin at 9:15 PM and will feature the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers at the newly named O.co Coliseum in Oakland California.

Below is the complete 2012 NFL Opening Week Schedule.

2012 NFL Week 1 Schedule

Wednesday, 9/5/2012
Game Time Location
Giants vs Cowboys 7:30 pm MetLife Stadium
Sunday, 9/9/2012
Bears vs Colts 12:00 pm Soldier Field
Titans vs Patriots 12:00 pm LP Field
Jets vs Bills 12:00 pm MetLife Stadium
Saints vs Redskins 12:00 pm Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Vikings vs Jaguars 12:00 pm Mall of America Field
Chiefs vs Falcons 12:00 pm Arrowhead Stadium
Browns vs Eagles 12:00 pm Cleveland Browns Stadium
Lions vs Rams 12:00 pm Ford Field
Texans vs Dolphins 12:00 pm Reliant Stadium
Packers vs 49ers 3:25 pm Lambeau Field
Cardinals vs Seahawks 3:25 pm University of Phoenix Stadium
Bucs vs Panthers 3:25 pm Raymond James Stadium
Broncos vs Steelers 7:20 pm Sports Authority Field
Monday, 9/10/2012
Ravens vs Bengals 6:00 pm M&T Bank Stadium
Raiders vs Chargers 9:15 pm O.co Coliseum

Week 1 also means that the fantasy football season is starting.  My main money league just switched to a dynasty format and we had out first draft last weekend.  It’s a uber competitive 16 team league with individual defensive players and a unique scoring format (PPR, bonus for 100 yards rushing/receiving, 300 yards passing, etc.).  I was out of town for the draft which meant I was forced to take my chances with auto-pilot.  I had the 9th pick in the draft and was able to snag my top target Cam Newton.  Cam Newton is a beast in this league as, in addition to impressive passing game, he also racks up mega points with his rushing ability.  He is also young which bodes well for a dynasty league in which you get to keep your entire starting lineup from year to year.  Below is my complete roster…what do you think?

Position Player
QB Newton, Cam(QB) CAR
RB Brown, Donald(RB) IND
RB Sproles, Darren(RB) NO
WR Johnson, Steve(WR) BUF
WR Marshall, Brandon(WR) CHI
TE Celek, Brent(TE) PHI
DL Dareus, Marcell(DL) BUF
LB Fletcher, London(LB) WAS
LB Lofton, Curtis(LB) NO
DB Harper, Roman(DB) NO
K Akers, David(K) SF
Bench Sanchez, Mark(QB) NYJ
Bench Tebow, Tim(QB) NYJ
Bench Redman, Isaac(RB) PIT
Bench Bennett, Earl(WR) CHI
Bench Cobb, Randall(WR) GB
Bench Briggs, Lance(LB) CHI
Bench David, Lavonte(LB) TB
Bench Bell, Yeremiah(DB) NYJ
Bench Watt, J.J.(DL) HOU

Tickifieds Top 10 Weekly Searches – 8 in a row for 1D

One Direction

One Direction makes it 8 in a row atop the Tickifieds Top Performers list.

One Direction continues to build upon their record with 8 straight weeks atop the Tickifieds Top Events list.  The British boy band is absolutely destroying the competition as they occupy the 9 of the top 10 search terms this week and 34 of the top 40.  They only other term to sneak into the top 10 was Jason Aldean.   However, the good news is we finally have some new artists and sports teams on the list this week.  Following all the attention of the All Star Game, two MLB teams make the list in the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves.  Football is also showing some signs of life as two popular Texas teams make their debut – the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns.  I know one thing, this blogger cannot wait for football to come…with One Direction shows scheduled out to 2013, football is our only hope in the efforts to crown a new champion.

Top 10 Tickifieds Ticket Searches (July 9 – July 15, 2012)

1. One Direction 

8 weeks in a row and Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam  Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson show no signs of letting go of their grip on teenage girls.

2.  Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean is back on the list and comes in at #2 this week.  The country music star will be hit the road hard in the coming week with shows in Wisconsin (Twin Lakes for Country Thunder and Eau Claire for Country Jam USA), Delaware, North Carolina (Charlotte and Raliegh), and New Jersey (Camden).

3.  Texas Longhorns

Football is BIG in Texas and the Longhorns are the state team of choice.  After a few down years many expect to see them contend for a Big 12 title this year with the Oklahoma Sooners.  Texas will look to build upon the #1 rushing attack and defense and improve upon their 8-5 year.

4.  Toby Keith

Toby Keith is having a big year following the release of his “Red Solo Cup” single.  Toby will be on tour throughout the summer and has shows in Iowa (Great Jones County Fair), Wisconsin (Country Thunder), Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York this July.

5.  Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox find themselves in unfamiliar territory – last place in the competitive AL East.  However, they are still within striking distance as they are .500 and are still in the chase for a wildcard spot.

6.  Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves are an impressive 10 games above .500 but trail the Washington Nationals by 3 games.  With an extra wildcard spot this year, the Braves are poised for post-season with a cast of new characters like Martin Prado, Jason Heyward, and Freddie Freeman.

7.  American Idol Tour

With auditions for season 12 getting ready to start, the season 11 Idols will be out on the road for American Idols Live 2012.   Winner Phil Phillips, Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, and Skylar Laine will be in Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, San Jose, LA, Ontario, San Diego, Glendale (AZ), Dallas, Lafayette (LA) and Jackson (MS).

8.  Country Thunder

Country music fans in the Midwest are excited to see the incredible lineup of Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, Steve Holy, Easton Corbin, and Hunter Hayes at the 2012 Country Thunder.  Twin Lakes will be thumping next weekend!

9.  Fresh Music Fest

The 2012 version of the Fresh Music Festival will feature Keith Sweat, Dough E. Fresh, K-Ci and JoJo.  The Fest will hit Detroit on 7/20, Richmond on 7/28, and Macon Georgia on 8/3.

10.  Dallas Cowboys

Didn’t we already mention football is big in Texas? Well if you need further proof, the Dallas Cowboys come in at #10 this week.  Not a bad showing with several weeks before the preseason even starts!

This top 10 list is compiled from internal search data from Tickifieds.com and organic traffic from search engines.  Search terms are ranked by using a combination of both sources of search data.

2012 NFL Playoff Matchups to be Decided Sunday

One of the biggest sales days for NFL tickets is on the final Sunday of the regular season as the playoff teams and their match-ups will be decided.  Without the seedings for the 2012 NFL playoff set in stone, fans are reluctant to buy tickets for games that might not take place (even though refunds are typically given).  However, marketing professionals of event tickets would be wise to start promoting playoff tickets as soon as possible.  Although the rush of fans trying to secure tickets doesn’t happen until after the action has commenced, the search engines are already out crawling and ranking webpages for keywords that have yet to gain popularity.  You can be one step ahead of the competition if you start targeting these keywords and building links ahead of time.

The easiest way to stay ahead of the competition is to know your playoff scenarios and tie-breaker rules.  To save you some time we have provided you with the latest information on where the teams stack up for the 2012 NFL Playoffs

AFC Playoffs

Teams that are in:  New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, and Pittsburgh Steelers

Teams still alive: Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans, and the NY Jets.

Team Notes:

New England Patriots (12-3) – Will have at least 1 home playoff game as they have clinched a 1st round bye. Can clinch home field advantage in the AFC Championship game with a win over buffalo.  
 
Baltimore Ravens (11-4) – The Ravens need a win to secure a 1st round bye and home field advantage.  If they lose they will be a Wildcard team and not get a home game (at least in round 1).
 
Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4) – They need a win this week and a Ravens loss to secure a home playoff game.  If that doesn’t happen they will be a Wildcard team and play on the road.
 
Houston Texans (10-5) – Will have at least 1 home playoff game as the AFC South Champs.  A win in week 17 team will help secure home field for a possible second round match-up.
 
Denver Broncos (8-7) – Will win the AFC West and get a 1st round home game if they win or Oakland loses on Sunday.
 
Oakland Raiders (8-7) – Could get a home game with a win on Sunday and a Denver loss.  Otherwise, they will have to hope for a wildcard berth if both the Bengals and Titans lose.
 
Cincinnati Bengals (9-6), Tennessee Titans (8-7) and New York Jets (8-7) – The Bengals control their own destiny.  A win and they are in.  If not, the Raiders, Titans and Jets have an opportunity to sneak in.  None of these teams can get a home game.
 

NFC Playoffs

Teams that are in: Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons

Teams still alive: New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys

Team Notes:

Green Bay Packers  (14-1) – Have a bye in the 1st round but have clinched home field advantage through the NFC Championship game.  
 
San Francisco 49ers (12-3) – The 49ers need a win (or a Saints loss) to secure a 1st round bye.  Regardless, they will have home field advantage in the first round.  
 
New Orleans Saints (12-3) – They need a win this week and a 49ers loss to secure a 1st round bye.  If that doesn’t happen they will still have home field advantage in round 1.
 
Detroit Lions (10-5) and Atlanta Falcons (9-6) – Both teams are locked in as wildcard teams and will not have a home game unless they meet in the NFC Championship game.
 
New York Giants (8-7) and Dallas Cowboys (8-7) – These two teams are playing each other on Sunday and will determine who’s in and who’s out.  The winner goes to the playoffs as the NFC East Champs with a 1st round home game… the loser goes home.  A true do or die game between these two rivals.
 

No matter what happens on Sunday ticket sales are expected to be big following the games.      If you are looking to buy or sell tickets to the NFL playoffs be sure to check out Tickifieds!

 

NFL Playoff Picture (Week 10)

Jim-harbaugh-49ersJust past the midway point, the 2011-12 NFL Playoff picture is becoming to be a bit more clear.  Outside of the undefeated Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, no teams are separating themselves from the pack (no pun intended). In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers are 2nd best record wise at 7-1 but many football analysts still aren’t true believers in Jim Harbaugh’s squad.  They have only 1 quality win (over Detroit 25-19) and lost to a rather mediocre Dallas Cowboys team.  The Niners will face a big test this Sunday against the 6-2 NY Giants.  The Chicago Bears (5-3) and New Orleans Saints (6-3) have also played well at times but will need to show they can consistently win.  With little chance of catching the packers, the Bears have a huge game against the NFC North rival Lions.

In the AFC, the surprising Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) and Houston Texans (6-3) find themselves atop the division standings.  The New England Patriots are right there sitting at 6-3 but their defensive has come into question and Tom Brady has not looked himself the past few weeks.  Bill Belichick will look to get the Pats back on course this week against the Jets.  The opposite can be said of traditional AFC powerhouses the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) and Baltimore Ravens (6-2).  Both have looked better of late after starting off the season slow but the NY Jets and Buffalo Bills are ready to overtake them should they slip up.

In a league full or parity, we find a large group of teams bunched around the .500 mark.   The second half of the season looms large as many teams will be jockeying for a playoff spot.   If the season were to end today, here is who would be and who would be out of the 2012 NFL Playoffs.

AFC Playoff Race

Seed Team Division Record
1
Cincinnati
North 6-2-0
2
Houston
South 6-3-0
3
New England
East 5-3-0
4
Oakland
West 5-4-0
5
Baltimore
North 6-2-0
6
Pittsburgh
North 6-3-0
Outside Looking In…
7
N.Y. Jets
East 5-3-0
8
Buffalo
East 5-3-0

NFC Playoff Race

Seed Team Division Record
1
Green Bay
North 8-0-0
2
San Francisco
West 7-1-0
3
N.Y. Giants
East 6-2-0
4
New Orleans
South 6-3-0
5
Detroit
North 6-2-0
6
Chicago
North 5-3-0
Outside Looking In…
7
Atlanta
South 5-3-0
8
Dallas
East 4-4-0
9
Tampa Bay
South 4-4-0

Top Weekend Events – October 14th – 16th

Welcome to your Top Weekend Events list for this upcoming weekend!  Obviously NCAA football dominates this list again, but a couple other evens managed to sneak up in there.

First of the non-college football variety is the Honda SuperClasico match featuring the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team vs. Chivas USA.  The Galaxy is currently the MLS Western Conference regular season champs. Chivas has a slightly less than stellar record.  This should be an exciting game, but it is expected that the Galaxy to win.

Two major NFL teams also face off this weekend; the Dallas Cowboys vs. the New England Patriots.  The Patriots have really proven themselves to be a top notch team once again, so even if the Cowboys have put everything into preparing for this game, the Pats are still expected to come out on top.

The top college football game for this weekend is the Auburn vs. Florida game.   While both teams lost last weekend (to Arkansas and LSU respectively), both teams are expected to bounce back for an exciting game as these two teams are equally matched.

The Longhorns had a tough go of it last weekend against the Sooners last weekend.  Unfortunately, they’re not expected to do much better against the other Oklahoma team this weekend either, the Cowboys.  OK State is averaging over 50 points a game.

The Baylor Bears vs. Texas A&M Aggies will be another well matched and exciting game.  Last year, the Aggies came out on top, but perhaps this will be the Bears year.  Additionally, the South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs is another very evenly matched game.

 

Top Weekend Events 10/14 – 10/16/2011

1.)    Auburn vs. Florida, Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL – Saturday, October 15th

2.)    Texas vs. Oklahoma State, DKR Stadium, Austin, TX – Saturday, October 15th

3.)    Mississippi State vs. South Carolina, Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS – Saturday, October 15th

4.)    Baylor vs. Texas A&M, Kyle Field, College Station, TX – Saturday, October 15th

5.)    Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Chivas USA, Home Depot Center, Carson, CA – Sunday, October 16th

6.)    Arizona State vs. Oregon, Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR – Saturday, October 15th

7.)    Cowboys vs. Patriots, Gillette Stadium, Boston, MA  – Sunday, October 16th

8.)    Northwestern vs. Iowa, Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA – Saturday, October 15th

9.)    Navy vs. Rutgers, Rutgers Stadium, East Brunswick, NJ – Saturday, October 15th

10.) Florida State vs. Duke, Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC – Saturday, October 15th