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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

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!

 

Top Weekend Events 12/16/2011-12/18/2011

Tim Tebow vs Tom BradyIt’s Wednesday and that means it is time to take a look at the most popular events going on across the country this weekend.  With college football on a hiatus until the bowl games begin next week, NFL football is back to dominating the search results at Tickifieds.com.  Coming in at number 1 on the list is Tim Tebow’s Denver Broncos vs Tom Brady’s New England Patriots.  The ever polarizing Tim Tebow is 7-1 as a starter after he led yet another last minute comeback against the Chicago Bears.  The Broncos now have a 2 game lead over the Oakland Raiders (Denver owns the tie-breaker) in the AFC.  It seems as though Mr. Tebow has turned both fans and Bronco management into believers and ticket prices have absolutely sky-rocketed the past couple of weeks.

Coming in at #2 this week is the Monday Night matchup between two 10-3 teams, the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers.  OK, so this game isn’t actually taking place this weekend but we thought it was important enough to include on this list as this game is shaping up to be a great one.  At #3, the 0-13 Indianapolis Colts will be looking to pick up their first win of the season against the Tennessee Titans.  While this game doesn’t sound all that exciting fans are gobbling up these very affordable tickets (under $15 a ticket).

The other NFL games on the list also have some nice story-lines generating heavy fan interest.  In Oakland, the Raiders and Lions will face off both badly needing a win to stay in the playoff hunt.  In Kansas City, the 13-0 Green Bay Packers will be looking to stay undefeated after their last road game of the year.  Lastly, the 7-6 Chicago Bears will be looking to keep their playoff hopes alive against the Seattle Seahawks.  However, fan interest in this game is likely due to a substantial drop in ticket prices following the loss of both Jay Cutler and Matt Forte.

Making the list at #6 is our first college basketball game:  NC State vs the #1 Syracuse Orange.  College basketball is king in North Carolina so it’s not much of a surprise that the #1 team in the nation coming to Raleigh is driving ticket demand.  As the conference play starts up expect college basketball tickets to frequently make the list of top events.

Pulling up the rear are a few non-sports events.  The Radio City Christmas Spectacular makes the list for the 3rd week  in a row with their sold out show in Nashville, Trans-siberian Orchestra’s Christmas performance in Tulsa on Friday night comes in at #9, while Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s critically acclaimed “The Book of Mormon” slides in at #10.

1. Denver Broncos vs New England Patriots 12/18/2011 Denver, CO
2. San Francisco 49ers vs Pittsburgh Steelers 12/19/2011 San Francisco, CA
3. Indianapolis Colts vs Tennessee Titans 12/18/2011 Indianapolis, IN
4. Oakland Raiders vs Detroit Lions 12/18/2011 Oakland, CA
5. Kansas City Chiefs vs Green Bay Packers 12/18/2011 Kansas City, MO
6. NC State vs Syracuse Basketball 12/17/2011 Raleigh, NC
7. Chicago Bears vs Seattle Seahawks 12/18/2011 Chicago, IL
8. Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 12/16/2011 Nashville, TN
9. Trans-siberian Orchestra Concert 12/16/2011 Tulsa, OK
10. The Book of Mormon 12/18/2011 New York, NY

Top Weekend Events 12/9/2011-12/11/2011

UFC 140 TicketsIt’s that time of the week again where we take a look at some of the top events going on this weekend around the US and Canada.  With college football gearing up for “Bowl Season” this week we have lots of new events on the list.   Surprisingly, only 2 NFL football games make the list.  At #4 the undefeated Green Bay Packers will look to keep their streak alive at Lambeau Field on Sunday against a pretty tough Oakland Raiders team.  At #8 Tim Tebow and his Denver Broncos will look to solidify their playoff hopes against the Jay Cutler-less Chicago Bears.  Say what you will about Tim Tebow, but interest in Denver Broncos tickets has been this high since John Elway was running the offense.

This week’s list is chock full of Christmas and shows for the whole family.  Making the list for the 2nd week in a row is the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.  His sold out show at the Honda Center in Anaheim is a hot ticket coming in at #2.  Other family oriented shows include White Christmas (#3), Y100’s Jingle Ball, (#6), Trans-siberian Orchestra (#7), Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker (#9), and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (#10).  The Y100 Jingle Ball show is drawing lots of attention due to their impressive lineup including Pitbull, Kelly Clarkson, LMFAO, Demi Lovato, Cody Simpson, The Script, Gym Class Heroes, Foster the People, David Guetta, Avril Lavigne, Cobra Starship, and Karmin.  For more information on these shows be sure to check out our post on the Top 10 Holiday Shows.

Finally, coming in at #1 this week is Ultimate Fighting Championship 140.  UFC 140 will take place on Saturday December 10th in Toronto and will feature a main card of Jon Jones vs Lyoto Machida (Light heavyweight Championship), Mir vs Nogueria, Ortiz vs Nogueria, Patrick vs Ebersole, and Hominick vs Jung.

Top 10 Weekend Events 12/9-12/11/2011

1.  UFC 140 Tickets (Jones vs Machida) 12/10/2011 Toronto, ON
2.  Andrea Bocelli Tickets 12/11/2011 Anaheim, CA
3.  White Christmas Tickets 12/10/2011 Tempe, AZ
4.  Packers vs Raiders Tickets 12/11/2011 Green Bay, WI
5.  Yo Gabba Gabba Tickets 12/9 St. Petersburg, FL
6.  Y100’s Jingle Ball Tickets 12/10/2011 Sunrise, FL
7.  Trans-siberian Orchestra Tickets 12/9/2011 Little Rock, AR
8.  Broncos vs Bears Tickets 12/11/2011 Denver, CO
9.  Moscow Ballets Great Russian Nutcracker Tickets 12/10/2011 Chicago, IL
10.  Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets 12/11/2011 Boston, MA

Top Weekend Events 11/11/2011 to 11/13/2011

Manny_PacquiaoWell since Susie is taking a bit of a break, you will have to put up with me for a little longer as I break down the top weekend event for November 11th through the 13th, 2011.  This weekend is absolutely dominated by sports- primarily college and NFL football.  However, Taylor Swift snuck into the top 10 with her sold concert on Sunday in Miami, FL.  However, coming in at #1 on our list is the big boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.  Although the “Pac Man” is heavily favored, Marquez held his own in two previous fights.  Many boxing fans are looking past this fight and are eagerly awaiting Pacquiao’s bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr.  For Pac Man’s sake let hope he isn’t doing to the same.

In College Football, the #1 ranked LSU Tigers remain a hot ticket as they return home to face cupcake Western Kentucky.  Many fans appear to be taking advantage of the low ticket price against this inferior foe.  Surprisingly, also on the list,  is the big Penn State vs Nebraska game.  While this game has huge implications for the Big 10, it is Joe Paterno’s sex scandal that is grabbing all the headlines.  Many suspect this could be Joe Pa’s last game on the Nittany Lions sideline.  Coming in at #9 is the big PAC 12 matchup between Stanford and Oregon.  A win by Andrew Luck and the Cardinal and they will be looking good for a chance at the BCS National Championship game.

The NFL has 3 games that made our top ten list this week.  The first game is the NFC showdown between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions.  Jay Cutler and company will be looking for revenge after an embarrassing Monday night performance a few weeks back.  Also making the list are big AFC match-ups the San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders (I know it’s Thursday but we’re going to count it anyway), as well as, the New England Patriots vs the NY Jets.

Top Weekend Events 11/11 to 11/13

#1 Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez

#2 Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions

#3 LSU Tigers vs Western Kentucky

#4  Penn State vs Nebraska

#5 NY Jets vs New England Patriots

 

#6 Taylor Swfit Miami 11/13/2011

#7 San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders Thursday

#8 Oklahoma Sooners vs Iowa State

#9 Stanford vs Oregon

#10  Minnesota vs Wisconsin