The New England Patriots are starting over in 2013, and it seems it’s largely by accident. The team has said good-bye to several key players in the passing game this off-season, including Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and third down back, Danny Woodhead. In addition, tight end Rob Gronkowski is still less than 100% following back surgery, and former tight end Aaron Hernandez is probably going to spend the rest of his days in a federal prison.While that all makes New England’s 2013 seem a bit dark, they did manage to replace Welker with Danny Amendola in the slot, while running back Shane Vereen, who is actually more athletic and explosive than Woodhead, is the team’s new third down back.
In addition, the Patriots prepared wisely, drafting uber talented wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce in the 2013 NFL Draft. While some of the faces are fresh and chemistry might be a bit of an issue on paper, it does seem that Bill Belichick and co. have prepared themselves going into the new season. With preparation in mind, TiqIQ gears up for the new NFL season by breaking down the prices for New England Patriots tickets six divisional contests and seeing how they price out:
(9/12) vs. New York Jets | Avg: $365 | Get-in: $135
Even with how pricey this game appears to be, it’s still just 4% below New England’s average home game price of $382. That tells you that Patriots tickets are still highly valuable, and also that this is an insanely hyped game. Anytime you put the Jets and Patriots inside a room and throw away the key, that’s to be expected. While Gang Green could easily give the Pats a fight in this one, it’s hard to see New England dropping such a highly anticipated contest at home.
(10/27) vs. Miami Dolphins | Avg: $374 | Get-in: $116
The Dolphins are quickly shaping up to be New England’s main competition in the AFC East this year, which is why this game is actually more expensive than the battle with New York. This one hangs in just 2% below the Pats’ home average and showcases Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Miller and Mike Wallace in what could be a fairly high-scoring affair.
(12/29) vs. Buffalo Bills | Avg: $293 | Get-in: $104
Buffalo ranks dead last in New England’s AFC East home clashes, but is still just $7 shy of $300. That’s good for a whopping 23% cheaper than the Pats’ average home game, and considering the explosive C.J. Spiller is on center stage in this one, that could be a great deal. The Bills aren’t likely to steal this one, either, so it’s an even better for Patriots fans, as it’s a projected victory.
(9/8) @ Buffalo Bills | Avg: $169 | Get-in: $75
The first divisional game for either the Bills or Pats comes in Buffalo and is insanely cheap at just $169. Not only is it a big AFC East showdown, but this matchup kicks off the 2013 NFL season. Anyone in attendance for this one at the current price is getting an absolute steal.
(10/20) @ New York Jets | Avg: $283 | Get-in: $57
Meeting number two with the Jets comes in New York, and being that it’s in October and not right at the start or end of the season, it’s understandably less hyped at the moment. However, come October, this could be a crucial divisional meeting and fans of either team can get their hands on these tickets for $82 less than the clash in Foxboro.
(12/15) @ Miami Dolphins | Avg: $191 | Get-in: $46
New England’s second date with the Dolphins comes in mid-December,the perfect time to take a trip to Miami. This one is quite the bargain, too, as it’s an incredible $183 cheaper than the first meeting and late in the season could actually carry much more weight. With the Dolphins likely getting better and being the hosts in this one, they’re relatively safe bets to make a real game out of this one. Needless to say, there is tons of value to be had here.