Ticket Preview: NFC West

Do the Super Bowl champs' ticket prices reflect their success? Jesse Lawrence

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Jam-packed with contenders, the NFC West will house two of the highest priced teams at home this season in the defending champion Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks will enter the 2014 season riding high after their impressive win in Super Bowl XLVIII. The 49ers begin their transition into their new home at Levi’s Stadium, located 40 miles south from Candlestick Park, where the team has played since 1971. Despite winning 10 games last season the Arizona Cardinals missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season, suffering an unwarranted fate in such a competitive division. The St. Louis Rams are the weakest link in the NFC West amidst several seasons of continuing rebuilding. With just over eight weeks before the season is set to begin, the NFC West is yet again rich with talented teams capable of making deep playoff runs.

Seattle Seahawks | Avg. Price: $433.29

The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks control the highest average price at home in the league this season at $433.29. Known for the record-shattering audacity of their fans, the Seahawks will enter the 2014 season with even higher expectations after cruising past the Broncos on football’s biggest stage last February. Russell Wilson has cemented his dominance and reliability under center and has a solid supporting cast in running back Marshawn Lynch, wide receiver Percy Harvin and spirited cornerback Richard Sherman. The most expensive game on the Seahawks' schedule, and the NFL season, will come Week 1 in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers with an average price of $599.38.

San Francisco 49ers | Avg. Price: $391.22

In their opening season at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the San Francisco 49ers hold the third most expensive average price in the league at home this season at $391.22. Following a monumental contract extension given to quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers have Super Bowl expectations under the long-term face of the franchise. A comfortable view atop the NFC West will not come easy with the Seahawks and Cardinals also knocking at the door but fans can anticipate another quality season with Kaepernick at the helm. The most expensive game on the 49ers' schedule will come against Seattle Thanksgiving night with an average price of $552.55, 41.2% above the season average.

Arizona Cardinals | Avg. Price: $175.39

The Arizona Cardinals had an exceptional 2013 season after posting 10 wins but that was not enough to solidify a playoff berth. Starving for a taste of playoff action since 2009, the Cardinals own the third highest average price in the NFC West at $175.39 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Mainstay wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald remains determined and hopes for a chance at Super Bowl salvation following a crushing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008. The Cardinals will again rely on the arm of Carson Palmer, who will enter his second year as the starting quarterback for the team. Key matchups on the Arizona Cardinals' schedule at home this season include a Week 3 game against the 49ers and Week 16 game against the Seahawks, currently scheduled to be the last Sunday Night Football game of the regular season.

St. Louis Rams | Avg. Price: $154.62

The St. Louis Rams have not had a winning season since 2003, further solidifying their place in the basement of the NFC West in both win percentage and average price at home during the upcoming season. At $154.62, St. Louis Rams tickets are the lowest priced ticket in the NFC West during the 2014 season. The Rams will call upon Sam Bradford to lead the team, who enters his fourth season for St. Louis. The Rams' schedule has the team playing the 49ers and Seahawks in back-to-back weeks at home Week 6 and 7, with the Week 6 game against San Francisco coming on a Monday night.

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