Despite a prior season of mediocrity that saw the team go just 8-8, the optimistic Chicago Bears and their potential to be an offensive threat with a receiving trio Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett and Alshon Jeffery currently own the highest home average price in the NFC North for the upcoming 2014 season. The Green Bay Packers, who hold the second highest home average, will hope that star quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ recuperated health will lead them to a deeper playoff run than last year’s Wild Card game exit. Sitting in the monetary basement of the NFC North are the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings, who each suffered losing seasons last year. Just over eight weeks are left before the first kickoff of the 2014 season and with several smart player acquisitions throughout the division and Minnesota’s fresh stock of coaching, the NFC North has the potential to experience a bounce-back season.
Chicago Bears | Avg. Price: $411.97
Though the team will play just two primetime games at home against the non-divisional Cowboys and Saints this season, the Bears own the highest home average in the division at $411.97. The Bears trail just the Seattle Seahawks in home average, who hold an average price of $433.29 at CenturyLink Field this season. The Bears' schedule has penned home games against each of the team’s divisional opponents as the Packers will be the first NFC North team to visit Soldier Field Week 4. Entering his second year as Bears' head coach, Marc Trestman will hope to lead his team to a better outcome this season following a decisive Week 17 loss to the Packers that extinguished their playoff hopes. The most expensive game at Soldier Field is currently the Week 4 meeting against the Packers, which has an average price of $593.79, 44.1% above the season average.
Green Bay Packers | Avg. Price: $257.93
Though the Packers won the NFC North last season the underachieving team went just 8-7-1, a far cry from their impressive 11-5 finish in 2012. Despite suffering an early exit in the Wild Card game against the San Francisco 49ers last season, the Packers will hope Aaron Rodgers returns healthy and catalyzes a deep playoff run. The average price for 2014 Packers tickets at Lambeau Field is currently $257.93, the second highest average in the NFC North. The Packers' schedule has the team hosting its first divisional matchup against the Vikings Week 5 on a Thursday night. The most expensive game at Lambeau Field this season will be the Week 2 home opener against the Jets, which currently has an average price of $339, 31.4% above the season average.
Detroit Lions | Avg. Price: $169.16
The Lions have continued to regress since their 10-6 season in 2011. Though they have one of the most feared receivers in the league with Calvin Johnson, they have lacked efficiency down the stretch. The Lions finished the 2013 season losing their final four games following a 7-5 start. Despite their woes, the average price for Lions tickets for the upcoming season at Ford Field is $169.16, the third highest in the division. The most expensive game on the Lions' schedule is their Week 13 Thanksgiving game against the Bears, which currently has an average price of $217.37, 28.5% above the season average.
Minnesota Vikings | Avg. Price: $159.50
Finishing last in the NFC North last season was the Minnesota Vikings, who went just 5-10-1 after a playoff-caliber season in 2012. The average price for Vikings tickets is currently $159.50. Without a proven passer under center, the Vikings may continue to fall short this season as Matt Cassel, Christian Ponder and rookie Teddy Bridgewater will all battle for the starting spot this season. The Vikings' schedule will see divisional home games against the Lions Week 6, the Packers during Week 12 and the Bears to finish the regular season Week 17.
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