Ticket Score – NFL Super Bowl 2018 Updates
Hope springs eternal for a large number of NFL teams with the 2018 regular season fast approaching. However, with just a few exceptions, the same Super Bowl contenders from a year ago have once again set their sights on the Lombardi Trophy.
For the fourth consecutive year, the New England Patriots will open the season as the favorite to reach the big game, according to Bovada Sportsbook. The 2019 NFL Super Bowl will take place on Sunday, Feb. 3, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The Patriots will be seeking their sixth NFL title and league-leading 11th Super Bowl appearance. A big reason that Bill Belichick & Co. are favored to reign over the competition this season is the quarterback, Tom Brady.
The 41-year-old GOAT, who has collected a record four Super Bowl MVP trophies, will look to become only the third passer in NFL history over the age of 40 to throw for more than 3,000 yards.
Barring a surprising Cinderella squad, the only teams in a weak AFC capable of dethroning the Patriots are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Houston Texans.
The Steelers and their explosive offensive weapons, LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown, have the fourth-best odds of reaching the big game. But the Jaguars and their elite defense remain serious contenders in a weak conference, while the Texans will be reinforced by electrifying second-year quarterback DeShaun Watson and Pro Bowler J.J. Watt.
The Los Angeles Rams reloaded this offseason and pushed aside the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to become the NFC favorites. The development of Jared Goff into a franchise quarterback and the rebound of Todd Gurley have the Rams opening the season with high expectations.
The ultra-talented division champion added Pro Bowlers Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters, Brandin Cooks and Aqib Talib to a team that already featured five Pro Bowl players. Wunderkind Head Coach Sean McVay will be looking to lead the Rams to their first Super Bowl since 1999.
The Eagles appear to be primed for another title run with the return of Carson Wentz and the additions of Michael Bennett, Mike Wallace, Haloti Ngata and Corey Nelson. Although the reigning NFC champion parted ways with several starters during the offseason, the Eagles still have the third-best odds of reaching Super Bowl LIII.
The playoff hopes of the Green Bay Packers came crashing down in mid-October last season after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone against the Minnesota Vikings. Without their field general, the Packers limped to a 7–9 record and failed to earn a playoff spot for the first time in eight years.
Green Bay enters the upcoming season with the fifth-best odds to reach the big game. For the first time in recent memory, the Packers were active on the free agent market and signed tight end Jimmy Graham to give Rodgers another dangerous weapon.
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst sent popular receiver Jordy Nelson packing, but fortified the secondary with a pair of signings and bolstered the defensive line with former New York Jets interior lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.
Minnesota fell just short last season in their quest to become the first NFL team to play in a Super Bowl in their home stadium. But with the addition of free agent signal-caller Kirk Cousins, and the return of running back Dalvin Cook, the Vikings have the sixth-best odds of advancing to this year’s title game.
The abundance of talented teams in the NFC might make the race to the Super Bowl next February a wide-open affair. Both the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons could find themselves in the hunt for a championship, while the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys are two squads to keep an eye on.
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Ticket Score – Money Saving Tips When Buying NFL Tickets
Although 2018 NFL ticket prices are down for most teams, fans of the reigning AFC champion New England Patriots will pay a steep price this season to watch games at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots have the most expensive NFL tickets with fans coughing up an average price of $583 to watch the franchise chase a sixth Super Bowl title, according to secondary market prices compiled by TicketIQ.
Despite the fact that Patriots tickets are $4 cheaper than a year ago, New England supporters will still pay $201 more for a ticket than fans of the Denver Broncos. A ticket to attend a game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High is the second most expensive with an average price of $382.
The Philadelphia Eagles upset the Patriots in Super Bowl 52 and will open the new season with the third-highest NFL ticket prices. Rabid fans of the defending champion will have to pay an average price of $369 to watch their team chase back-to-back titles.
The Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers round out the Top 5 teams with the most expensive ticket prices at $359 and $338, respectively.
A quintet of five AFC squads boasts the least expensive NFL ticket prices. The Buffalo Bills, a surprising playoff team last season, have the cheapest tickets with fans paying an average price of $111 to watch impressive rookie quarterback Josh Allen.
With the exception of the Cincinnati Bengals, which have the second cheapest NFL tickets at an average of $114 a game, the excitement surrounding the Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns is a strong indication that their ticket prices will soon be on the rise.
The Colts welcome back Andrew Luck and replaced beleaguered head coach Frank Pagano with Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Although the Colts have the third least expensive NFL ticket prices at an average of $116 a game, resurgence on the field will certainly lead to higher prices.
Fans in Kansas City are excited about their young gunslinger, Patrick Mahomes, whose 69-yard touchdown strike in a preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons has the city buzzing. The Chiefs ticket prices are amongst the lowest in the league at an average of $124, but savvy fans would be wise to buy tickets now before prices go upwards.
It’s a safe bet to argue that the Browns are not your ordinary 0-16 team. A combination of a large number of talented high draft picks and several key free agent additions have the Dawg Pound in frenzy. While Browns tickets are currently costing an average of just $125 a game, it’s also a good bet that these economical prices will not last long.
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Ticket Score – NFL’s Best Teams for Super Bowl Glory
The Philadelphia Eagles rebounded from a subpar 7-9 record in 2016 to capture their first Vince Lombardi Trophy in franchise history with a thrilling victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. With the win, the Eagles also became the eighth team to win an NFL title a year after finishing .500 or worse.
A combination of free agency and the league salary cap has enabled teams to rebuild a lackluster roster into a contender in rapid fashion. The St. Louis Rams stumbled to a 4-12 record in 1998 but knocked off the Tennesse Titans the following season in Super Bowl 34 to reach the top of the NFL Mountain. The Baltimore Ravens (8-8) and the New England Patriots (5-11) pulled off similar rags-to-riches stories in the next two title games.
The upcoming 2018 season features several talented squads that will be looking to regroup after disastrous campaigns a year ago. Here are three teams capable of making their own unconventional paths to Super Bowl glory.
Green Bay Packers
It does not seem fair to have a team that has Aaron Rodgers under center on this list, but the Packers did finish last season with an ugly 7-9 record. But, a healthy Rodgers and some new additions make this team a logical candidate to bounce back in a big way this year.
The Packers added a pair of veterans with the signing of tight end Jimmy Graham and former New York Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson. The team also reinforced a porous secondary by using its top two draft picks on cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson. However, in a surprising move, Green Bay released the veteran receiver, Jordy Nelson.
It’s no secret that the Packers will go as far as their future Hall of Fame quarterback takes them. With their best running back, Aaron Jones, opening the season on the suspension list, Rodgers will be slinging the ball to Graham, Davanta Adams, Randall Cobb, and rookie wideouts J’Mon Moore and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Unfortunately for teams residing in the NFC North Division, Green Bay’s high-flying aerial show is back.
The Texans endured a nightmarish 4-12 season a year ago, but the future is bright for the franchise after rookie signal-caller Deshaun Watson quickly established himself as a franchise player. The former Clemson standout season ended prematurely with an ACL injury in practice after a Week 8 loss, and Houston won only one time over their final nine games.
With Watson back at the helm of the offense this season, the Texans should be a high scoring bunch with a gifted receiving corp that includes Pro Bowler DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Braxton Miller and KekeCoutee. However, an offensive line that ranks at the bottom of the league remains a huge question mark.
The return of three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt bodes well for a defensive unit that features an array of talent. The only player in NFL history to register a pair of 20-plus sack seasons, Watt joins an elite defensive unit that boasts play-makers Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus and Tyrann Mathieu.
The Texans should challenge for a playoff spot this season if their key players can remain healthy. The offensive passing game will be fun to watch and the defense has a chance to be special. The running game will not be much of a factor with a terrible offensive line, but this team is built to throw the ball.
Los Angeles Raiders
The Raiders are a much better team than their 6-10 record last season indicates. New Head Coach Jon Gruden should improve an offense that underachieved in several areas a year ago, but the absence of 2016 NFL defensive player of the year Khalil Mack is worrisome. Still, this is a team that could make a postseason run if the chips fall right.
Derek Carr is a franchise quarterback when healthy, and has a trio of talented receivers in Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson, and former Pittsburgh Steeler Martavis Bryant. The ageless wonder Marshawn Lynch continues to be a beast in short yardage situations, but the productivity of free agent acquisition Doug Martin will be crucial to the success of the Raiders this season.
New Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther is a major upgrade over Ken Norton, but without Mack, this group will struggle to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Gruden has assembled a veteran squad that will surprise more than a few teams if they can stay healthy. Look for the Raiders to make the playoffs where anything can happen.
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