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Top 10 Rookies to Watch this NFL Season

There is electricity in the air!  The NFL Draft is well in the past, training camp is inching ever nearer, and a clearer picture is being painted of NFL Football Rookies rankings for 2013.  The group of rookies from last year, were incredible, to say the least, and it’s exciting to think what they could do in the upcoming year.

Clearly these rankings can change as training camp/offseason news is made, rosters are creates and injuries happen.

As stated before, last year’s Rookies saw the most rookie quarterbacks land in the top 12 positions by season’s end, and three rookie running backs end up scoring loads of touchdowns which ranks them among the top 10 rookies over the past 10 years.

Top 10  Football Rookies For 2013 by Tickifieds

1. Montee Ball, RB, Denver

If Ball becomes a starter, he will come upon tough defense to halt the pass during most of the game.  He’s one to watch.

2. Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay

While Lacy looks great on paper, he has some not great points of interest.  He recently had toe surgery and it’s pretty well known that he has attitude issues. These points make for not such a great team player and might not do as well this season.  The Packers also the have Johnathan Franklin in their back pocket too.

3. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston

Head coach Gary Kubiak, made a comparison between Hopkins and former Broncos WR Rod Smith. He will work closely with Johnson, and act as his protégé, as he hopes to outshine fellow defense WR Andre Johnson.

4. Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis

Stacy was a a fifth-round pick for the Rams in the 2013 NFL Draft, but Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson and still the frontrunners.

5.  Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo

Woods will be going through a lesser version of what fellow teammate Hopkins takes on. Unfortunately, Stevie Johnson cannot compare to Andre Johnson, and Woods’ outcome is linked to Manuel’s most likely.

6. Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh

Since Mike Wallace left for Miami, the Steelers had an extra wide receiver spot to fill. They already have starters in Brown and Sanders, but they plan to use Wheaton in the slot and in the backfield.

7. Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona

Ellington has been compared to fellow Clemson player C.J. Spiller.  He is a great addition Mendenhall and Williams with regards to speed and cutting.

8. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City

There is a plan in place by the Chiefs move Kelce out and line him up in several spots, but he has direct competition with free-agent signee Anthony Fasano and Moeaki.

9. Johnathan Franklin, RB, Green Bay

Franklin had the potential for being a top-three rookie running back had Lacy not been selected in front of him.

10. Aaron Dobson, WR, New England

Dobson has the oppotunity to start this season, across the way from Amendola.  This is special thanks to Welker and Lloyd moving on.

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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.

 

 

Top Events Week 2, 2012

BCS-Championship-LSU-vs-AlabamaWell, after a bit of a Holiday break we are back to breaking down our top events this week.  Since, often times the ‘weekend’ misses out on some big events that happen during the week we will be going with a slightly new format and will move the post to Mondays starting next week.  Mondays’ posts will cover the upcoming events that will take place during the week (Tuesday – Monday).  For those of you unfamiliar with our top 10 lists, we analyze data from our partner website Tickifieds to rank events by using a combination of page views, search queries, and unique visitors.  So with this weeks edition of Top Events we will be looking at the 2nd week of January 2012 and will include all events from Tuesday January 2nd through Monday January 9th.

Top Events 2012 Week 2 (1/2/2012 to 1/9/2012)

1. BCS National Championship 1/9/2012

No surprise the highly anticipated rematch between the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide with a National Championship on the line comes in at #1.  This game will feature multiple future NFL players in what is expected to be a great game between two college football power houses

2. Cotton Bowl 1/6/2012

The Cotton Bowl comes in at #2 and is the only other bowl game featuring two top 10 teams in the Arkansas Razorbacks and Kansas State Wildcats.  Ticket demand for this game has been extremely strong with only the BCS Championship outranking it this bowl season.

3. Denver Broncos vs Pittsburgh Steelers AFC Wildcard Game 1/8/2012

The Denver Broncos are in the playoffs for the first time since 2005.  The polarizing Tim Tebow has raised the interest level in Broncos football considerably since taking over the quarterbacking duties.  Not only is the Broncos season on the line but also the future for the Broncos at the QB spot.  A Broncos loss and many speculate that GM John Elway will looking in another direction.

4.  AMA Supercross in Anaheim 1/7/2012

Apparently Supercross is still popular with the Generator X’ers out there.  The event in Anaheim is the AN FIM World Championship- the Super Bowl of Supercross.

5.  Houston Texans vs Cincinnati Bengals AFC Wildcard Game 1/7/2012

The Houston Texans are in the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.  As such fans are excited and actively seeking out tickets.  The only question is who is going to play QB after rookie T.J. Yates went down with a shoulder injury in the season finale.

6.  Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks 1/7/2012

Hockey is always big in Vancouver and when you bring in the defending Stanley Cup Champions back to play against the team they played in the finals you have the makings of an epic rematch.

7.  Indiana Hoosiers vs Michigan Wolverines Basketball 1/5/2012

The legendary IU basketball program is back after taking down #1 Kentucky and #2 Ohio State in recent weeks.  This week they have a hugh Big 10 matchup with the #16 ranked Michigan Wolverines.

8.  New Orleans Saints vs Detroit Lions NFC Wildcard Game  1/7/2012

The Saints have looked impressive of late and will be looking to get back to the Super Bowl following Drew Brees record breaking season.  It all starts with the NFC Wildcard game against the Detroit Lions.

9.  NY Giants vs Atlanta Falcons NFC Wildcard Game 1/8/2012

The Giants squeaked into the NFC playoffs but have a favorable matchup against an unimpressive Atlanta Falcons team.  New York football fans love their Giants and Eli Manning and company could just keep their Super Bowl hopes alive even if just for 1 more week.

10.  Georgia Tech vs Duke Basketball 1/7/2012

College basketball is always pretty big in the Atlanta area.  Since none of the Georgia schools are looking all that good it seems fans are excited to see the the #5 Duke Blue Devils invade Philips Arena

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

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!