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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.

 

 

2011 Season NFL Predictions

With the preseason getting under way  to see how NFL teams are shaping up, it’s now time for the 2011 Season predictions!

2011 Season NFL Top Spot Predictions by division:

AFC West: San Diego Chargers, though they have a difficult schedule, they should be able to pull ahead.

AFC South: Indianapolis Colts.  Peyton Manning’s health an issue (neck injury) and could possibly be the Colts undoing this season.  Perhaps too much stock is put solely into Manning.

AFC North:  Pittsburgh Steelers or Baltimore Ravens.  Ravens have a great schedule; most of the tough games are home games.  For the Steelers, they have a few tough games lined up against Baltimore and a home game against the Patriots.  This division will be a tough win.  Other possible competitors include the Cleveland Browns with Colt McCoy as their quarterback.  The Cincinnati Bengals will probably compete with the Detroit Lions for the worst record in the league and they get rid of talent to meet their salary cap.

AFC East: Obviously the New England Patriots have the best record.  Tom Brady will resume play at QB this season after being out on the disabled list for the majority of the season last year.  The New York Jets are best positioned and hungry to take that title from the Patriots however.  Their two key players, Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie, will come back from another season.  While this probably won’t be the Buffalo Bills year again, they will be in a great position to get one of the top quarterbacks next season.

Wild card: the Jets and the Steelers would make an awesome duo to knock-off the Colts and the Chargers.

NFC West: Seattle Seahawks. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as the Seahawks have won five of the last seven divisional titles.  Their roster is still being overhauled, but they should still take the top spot again.

NFC South: Atlanta Falcons.  The Falcons have banked on Julio Jones being their go-to guy at the expense of many draft picks.  Ray Edwards on defense should also be formidable.  Just behind the Falcons are the New Orleans Saints.  They will be an improved team this year, but probably not enough to overtake the Falcons.

NFC North: Tough to predict, but probably the Green Bay Packers.  The Packers resigned most of their key free agents therefore having much of the same guys as on their 2010 Super Bowl Championship team.  The Chicago Bears are right behind them, although they might have too much stock in their Dallas Cowboys pickups, Roy Williams, Marion Barber and Sam Hurd.

NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles.  While this division is one of the most competitive, the Eagles should easily take the top spot with their great talent and large salary cap to add more key players.

Wild card: Saints vs. Seahawks and Packers vs. Falcons.

Superbowl: Ravens over Eagles

MVP: Michael Vick

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Patrick Peterson, CB Arizona Cardinals

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Mark Ingram, RB New Orleans Saints.

Predictions by Bleacher Reports

2011 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

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Clay Matthews and the Green Bay Packers will be looking to get back to the Super Bowl in 2011

Now that the labor dispute between the NFL owners and the union formerly known as the NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) appears over, it’s time to starting thinking football – NFL Football!  With the largest collection of free agents EVER on the market, a lot is still yet to be determined.  Top Free Agents such as Nnamdi Asomugha (CB), Carl Nicks (G), Jonathan Joseph (CB), Santonio Holmes (WR), Sidney Rice (WR), DeAngelo Williams (RB), Ray Edwards (DE), Stephen Tulloch (LB), Brandon Mebane (DT), Davin Joseph (G), and Doug Free (OT) will certainly have an impact on the rankings once their future is decided.  However, we are an impatient bunch and we want our rankings now!  So without further adeiu, here are your 2011 NFL Preseason Power Rankings…

 

2011 NFL Preseason Power Rankings

1.  Green Bay Packers

Defending a Super Bowl title is normally highly unlikely but its hard to pick against the Green Bay Packers in 2011.  They have a stud young quarterback in Aaron Rodgers and a ton of talent on both sides of the ball.  Considering how much time many key players lost to injury last year they should have ‘fresh legs’ in 2011.

2.  Pittsburgh Steelers

As usual, there are lots of rumors surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers but somehow this teams always seems to put it together when it counts.  They still have a tough defense and a solid running game in spite of whoever may be throwing the ball this season.

3.  New England Patriots

The New England Patriots will go as far as Tom Brady takes them.   With Mr. Brady healthy and ready to go, the big question will be their offensive line.  Given Bill Belichick’s propensity for  hiding weaknesses and getting the most of his talent, expect the Pats to be title contenders in 2011.

4.  Indianapolis Colts

Although many are predicting the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning to be on the decline, don’t count them out in 2011.  The Colts appeared to have addressed their offensive line woes and Mr. Manning has shown no signs of slowing down.

5.  Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan and the young Atlanta Falcons appear to be ready to take the next step and become a dominant force in the NFC.  If they can add a legitimate WR through free agency, this team could be extremely dangerous!

6.  Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler may have broke off his engagement to Kristen Cavallari but he has to be happy that the Chicago Bears are attempting to revamp their offensive line. Good thing the lockout didn’t cut into preseason so the entire unit will have a chance to gel.  If the offensive line can give Jay Cutler some time to throw down field this team will be REALLY dangerous.

7.  Baltimore Ravens

The defense is certainly aging (i.e. Ray Lewis) but the development of Joe Flaco and the addition of Anquan Boldin makes the Baltimore Ravens a deep and balanced team.

8.  NY Jets

The New York Jets are certainly getting the swagger of a top NFL team but they still need to develop some sort of pass rush if they are to win will playing ‘Jets’ football.  If they finally take the kid gloves off of QB Mark Sanchez this team could be a real threat.

9.  Philadelphia Eagles

We reluctantly put the Philadelphia Eagles at #9 on our list despite the fact that their defense and offensive line have some major issues.  The Eagles are here solely for the fact they are rumored to be interested in signing 5 time retiree Bret Farve.

10.  NY Giants

Rounding out the top 10 is the NY Giants of football.  Tom Coughlin’s job will once again be on the line which means somehow he will pull together his troops and make a playoff run.  Tiki Barber for comeback player of the year?

Sleeper Pick

11.  Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a horrible season but they still have loads of talent.  A healthy Tony Romo and the fact that they finally have a competent coach in Jason Garrett and you have the makings of a sleeper team.

The Best of the Rest…

12. New Orleans Saints

13.  KC Chiefs

14.  Tampa Bay Bucaneers

15.  San Diego Chargers

16.  Jacksonville Jaguars

17.  Oakland Raiders

18.  Seattle Seahawks

19.  Tennessee Titans

20.  Miami Dolphins

21.  St. Louis Rams

22.  Houston Texans

23.  Detroit Lions

24.  Washington Redskins

25.  Denver Broncos

26.  San Francisco 49ers

27.  Arizona Cardinals

28.  Buffalo Bills

29.  Cincinnati Bengals

30.  Minnesota Vikings

31.  Cleveland Browns

32.  Carolina Panthers

Wild Card and Divisional Schedule Announced by NFL

The postseason schedule is shaping nicely once the Seattle Seahawks beat the St. Louis Rams on Sunday (Jan. 2) Night Football.  Also, notably, the Green Bay Packers won a very important game for them against the Chicago Bears last night.  While the outcome of the game would neither adversely nor positively affect the Bears post season chances, the Packers desperately needed a win to stay in.  Ask and ye shall receive, yah?

The schedule of sites, dates and times for the National Football League Wild Card Playoffs and Divisional Playoffs were announced by Commissioner Roger Goodell today.  The Wild Card Playoffs occur January 8-9th while the Divisional Playoffs take place January 15 – 16th.

On the 15th, the highest seed between the Colts, Chiefs and Ravens will play against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.  The lowest seed team among the Rams/Seahawks, Saints and Packers will take on the Falcons in Atlanta later in the evening.

The following day on the 16th, the remaining NFC team (Eagles, Seahawks or Saints) will play the Bears in Chicago in the afternoon.  The remaining AFC team (Chiefs, Ravens or Jets) will play the Patriots in New England in the evening.

The NFC Championship Game will be played at 3 p.m. (ET) on January 23rd 23 (Fox); the AFC game will be at 6:30 p.m. (ET) (CBS).
NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND

Saturday, January 8

NFC4:30 PM (ET) New Orleans Saints at Seattle (NBC-TV)
AFC: 8:00 PM (ET) New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (NBC-TV)

Sunday, January 9

AFC: 1:00 PM (ET) Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS-TV)
NFC: 4:30 PM (ET) Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles (FOX-TV)

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

Saturday, January 15

AFC4:30 PM (ET) Indianapolis Colts or Kansas City Chiefs or Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS-TV)
NFC: 8:00 PM (ET) Seattle Seahawks or New Orleans Saints or Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons(FOX-TV)

 Sunday, January 16

NFC: 1:00 PM (ET) Philadelphia Steelers or Seattle Seahawks or New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears (FOX-TV)
AFC: 4:30 PM (ET) Kansas City or Baltimore or New York Jets at New England (CBS-TV)

The 2011 Pro Bowl (FOX, 7:00 PM ET) will be played on Sunday, January 30 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.  This will be one week before Super Bowl XLV which takes place at Cowboys Stadium in North Texas on Sunday, February 6 (FOX, 6:30 PM ET).

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Top 10 Events This Weekend (12/17 – 12/19)

Well, here it is Wednesday again.  Time to announce the top ten events that are going on this weekend!

The top ten are heavy on the music with pop superstar Justin Bieber and his My World Tour and the incomparable Prince with his 20Ten Tour, both nabbing 4 0f the 10 positions.  Given that Nashville is one of the country music capitals of the world, it shouldn’t be surprising that country legend Mr. Garth Brooks is making quite the splash there.

Football is of course, another exceptionally popular event this time of year.  The Rams vs. Chiefs game is garnering quite a lot of attention.  There is a lot on the line for both the teams as the Chiefs are trying to hang on to their small lead over San Diego by one game in the AFC West and the Rams are momentarily tied with their rival Seattle for first place in the NFC West.

Another exciting football game should be the Vikings vs. Bears game for Monday night football.  The real question with that game is, where are they going to play?  Given that the roof caved in on the Metrodome in Minneapolis under the immense pressure of the snow, the venue is still TBD.

The Giants vs. Eagles game pits the two against each other in a battle to see who will be the division leads. The winner of this game will be in a super position for the playoffs. The loser will still be a contender for the playoffs, but the certainty will be gone.

  1. Prince – Saturday, 12/18/2010 – Madison Square Garden, NY, NY
  2. St. Louis Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 12/19/2010 – St. Louis, MO.
  3. New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, 12/19/2010 – East Rutherford, NJ.
  4. Prince – Friday- 12/17/2010 – East Rutherford, NJ.
  5. New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat, Friday, 12/17/2010 – Madison Square Garden, NY, NY.
  6. Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears, Monday 12/20/2010 – TBD, Minneapolis, MN
  7. Garth Brooks - Friday, 12/17/2010 – Nashville, TN
  8. Justin Bieber - Saturday, 12/18/2010 – Miami, FL
  9. Justin Bieber – Sunday, 12/19/2010 -Tampa, FL
  10. New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers, Sunday, 12/19/2010  – Foxborough, MA.

To evaluate the most popular events we use a combination of unique ad views, responses, and search traffic.  Free Ticket Classifieds is now the #1 site in the world to buy and sell tickets.