he underperforming play of the AFC South last season allowed the 11-5 Indianapolis Colts to easily claim a first place finish. The Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans all posted losing records, eliminating any tight contention within the division. With the 2014 season comes promise, however, as the Texans look to rebound after signing top prospect Jadeveon Clowney and solidifying arguably the best pass rush in the league with defensive end J.J. Watt. While expectations are high, the defensive duo has allowed last season’s last place Texans to lead the division in average home price on the secondary market. The Jaguars own the second highest home average in the AFC South, but that might have to do with fans being able to enjoy games poolside this season. In the lower half of the division are the Titans and Colts, who surprisingly control the lowest average price in the division following their divisional championship just a season ago.
Houston Texans | Avg. Price: $218.34
Despite going just 2-14 last season, the Texans own the highest home average in the AFC South for the upcoming 2014 season at NRG Stadium. The average price for home games on the Texans schedule is currently $218.34. With Ryan Fitzpatrick slated to start under center after a trade to Oakland that sent Matt Schaub west, the Texans will look to bounce back after their worst season since 2005, when they also went just 2-14. The hype surrounding defensive end/linebacker and first-round draft pick Clowney has certainly allowed for secondary price to rise and both fans and management will hope the 21-year-old’s play will justify the price increase on the secondary market. According to TiqIQ, the most expensive home game on the Texans schedule will be a Week 16 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens as average price is currently $250.23.
Jacksonville Jaguars | Avg. Price: $155.58
The Jaguars have not had a winning season since 2007, when the team went 11-5 but lost in the Divisional Playoff Game to the New England Patriots. Though losing has long been a facet of the franchise, the Jaguars hold the second highest average in the division at EverBank Field. The average price for Jaguars tickets for the upcoming 2014 season is $155.58. The team will hope to improve on their 4-12 record last season but will be in tough company with the developing Texans and defending divisional champion Colts. Key matchups on the Jaguars schedule at home this season include the Colts Week 3, the Giants during Week 13 and the Titans for a Thursday night Week 16..
Tennessee Titans | Avg. Price: $153.97
The Titans haven’t made the playoffs since 2008, leaving little wiggle room for even the most patient of fans to continue rooting for the team’s failures. Following a season that saw the team go just 7-9, the Titans acquired offensive tackle Taylor Lewan in the 2014 draft, who adds depth to one of the many holes in Tennessee’s blueprint for success. While big-name players are vacant on the Titans roster, the team sits in the lower half of the division in average price at home as Titans tickets currently average at $153.97. The most expensive home game on the Titans schedule this season is their Week 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys, which currently has an average price of $292.67.
Indianapolis Colts | Avg. Price: $147.02
Surprisingly enough, the reigning division champion Colts own the lowest average price at home in the AFC South. In what may be the best deal on the secondary market for NFL tickets this season, Colts tickets at Lucas Oil Stadium currently have an average price of just $147.02. In such a lethargic division, the Colts were able to post an impressive 11-5 record last season. Andrew Luck and his team were quickly ousted from last year’s playoffs in the Divisional Playoff Game against the Patriots, but the 24-year-old quarterback has continued to gain momentum with each passing year and may soon be listed as an elite passer in the NFL. While the Colts are slated to battle all season long with the recovering Texans, they are still favorites to win the AFC South come January. Key divisional matchups at home on the Colts schedule include a Week 4 game with the Titans, a Week 15 matchup against the Jaguars and their final home game of the season Week 15 against the Texans.
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