Top 10 Events of the Week (December 17, 2012)

Top Sporting Events December 17 - 23

It’s another big week in the NFL; last week, seven of the Top 10 events were made up of the League’s teams. This week, it’s eight teams. With playoff berths, home-field advantage, and first round bye weeks up for grabs – many of the week’s Top 10 events come as no surprise.

The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots are neck-and-neck, fighting for a first-round bye in the NFL playoffs. A Broncos win over the Browns this weekend would help Peyton Manning and Denver move one step closer. The Denver vs. Cleveland matchup at Sports Authority Field at Mile High lands in our No. 1 spot this week; Denver Broncos tickets start at $76. 

Again at the No. 2 spot are the New York Knicks. The Knicks remain undefeated at home; the average price for their remaining homes games is up 12% since preseason. Of the four games that the Knicks play at Madison Square Garden this week – their matchup against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday is the most expensive NBA game this week with the average ticket running $511. Tonight’s game vs. the Houston Rockets is Jeremy Lin’s first game back at the Garden; get-in price is $67, the lowest of any Knicks home games this month.  Friday’s game against the Chicago Bulls is the second most expensive NBA game this week, averaging $497.

If the playoffs started today, the Seattle Seahawks would be amongst the teams competing. However, this week they’ll take on a very tough San Francisco 49ers team. Yes, the Niners have clinched a playoff spot; but, like the Broncos, they are still fighting for a first-round bye in the playoffs. Although a Seattle win would not secure a NFC West lead, the divisional matchup still has big implications for both teams. Tickets to the game at CenturyLink Field range from $216 – $926.

Like last week, the Dallas Cowboys take the No. 4 spot in our Top 10 Events of the Week. The Cowboys won their third straight with an overtime win against the Steelers Sunday. Now, they find themselves in a three-way tie atop the NFC East alongside the Redskins and Giants. This week, they’ll face the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium, where tickets are starting at $132.

Another team looking to secure a first round bye as well as home-field advantage are the Houston Texans who take on the Minnesota Vikings at home Sunday. Home-field advantage would be huge for the fans and would be the first time in the city of Houston’s history. Adrian Peterson and the Vikings have a lot to play for as well; they are looking to squeeze into a Wild Card spot. Tickets to the game range between $142 and $847.

Although the Arizona Cardinals don’t have much to play for the rest of the regular season, their opponents this weekend certainly do. If the Bears win this weekend in Glendale, and win next weekend against Detroit, they could earn a wild card playoff berth. They do however need a little help from some teams

Just because you can get a ticket to the Miami vs. Buffalo game Sunday for just $19, doesn’t mean the game is any less important than the other NFL games this week. The matchup lands in No. 7. And, although the playoffs seem like a long shot for the Phins, it’s still possible – take a look at their NFL playoff scenarios

Another game with not much meaning for the home team but a significant amount for the opponent – our No. 8 Event of the Week. The Atlanta Falcons visit the Detroit Tigers and are looking for a W to lock up home-field advantage.  The matchup at Ford Field is the third cheapest NFL game this week, averaging $69 per ticket. 

The Miami Heat break up the many NFL teams to make our Top 10, coming in at No. 9 with matchups at home this week against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz. The Wolves have won 7 of their last 9 while the Heat have dropped 3 of their last 6. Avg. price for remaining Miami Heat home games is $202, the third most expensive in the NBA. Tickets to Saturday’s Heat, Jazz game are averaging significantly higher at $469.

Last, but certainly not least, the Baltimore Ravens land at No. 10. Despite a loss last weekend, the Ravens clinched a playoff berth; however, Flacco told the media today that the Ravens feel like we’re 0-14. They look forward to this weekend, where they’ll try to break their three-game losing streak and put themselves in a position to win the AFC North. The Ravens will play the New York Giants Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, who will qualify with at least a wild-card berth if they win their last two games, including this matchup against Baltimore. 

Top 10 Events- Week of December 17

Top 10 Events                    Avg. Price
Denver Broncos $580.34
New York Knicks $396.44
Seattle Seahawks $294.94
Dallas Cowboys $294.91
Houston Texans $271.50
Arizona Cardinals $181.92
Miami Dolphins $130.02
Detroit Lions $69.43
Miami Heat $327.98
Baltimore Ravens $310.62

Check back with us weekly, for your Top 10 events of the Week. 

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