December 10, 2015 - Jesse Lawrence
Cardinals Look to Clinch Postseason Berth On ‘Thursday Night Football’ Stage, Ticket Prices Dropping
There’s no denying the allure of the Carolina Panthers - they’re undefeated, possess one of the top defenses in the league and showcase MVP candidate Cam Newton under center every week. However, the Arizona Cardinals have an MVP candidate of their own in Carson Palmer and quietly built a six-game win streak and possess the top spot in the NFC West. A win over the Minnesota Vikings in tonight’s Thursday Night Football matchup would punch their ticket to the postseason, and fans still searching for tickets will find falling prices on the secondary market. The average price for Cardinals vs Vikings tickets on TiqIQ is currently $200.15, down 26.4% from the December 5 average of $272.24. That drop is likely due to the Vikings blowout loss to the Seahawks last Sunday, which dropped them into a divisional tie with the Green Bay Packers at 8-4. If looking just to get into tonight’s game at University of Phoenix Stadium, the cheapest ticket is listed for $94. Fans traveling to the game from out-of-town can find considerable deals on hotels in the Glendale area on Hipmunk.com While flights can also be arranged from anywhere in the country, Glendale hotels on Hipmunk start from just $38 per night. The Cardinals are searching for a franchise record-tying 11th win, a feat they accomplished just a season ago. They’ll hope to be more fortunate this upcoming postseason, however, after losing to the Panthers in last year’s NFC Wild Card Game. Much of their success this season can be accredited to Palmer, who has thrown for a league-best 82.6 QBR while posting 3,693 passing yards and 29 touchdowns. Their upcoming schedule will be difficult, however, starting with the Vikings tonight. They’ll consecutively face four teams that have postseason aspirations over the last month of the season. Following tonight’s game will be a road trip to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles before closing the season at home against the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. The Vikings, on the other hand, are still in a comfortable position to clinch a postseason berth despite last week’s debacle against Seattle. While they are tied with the Packers atop the NFC North at 8-4 they have cushioning as the current fifth seed in the conference’s playoff picture. The return of Adrian Peterson has been everything the Vikings could have hoped for. Peterson owns a league-leading 1,182 rush yards and has averaged 98.5 yards per game, which is also best in the NFL. The Cardinals defense will likely keep him in check, however, after allowing just one back to exceed 100 yards in a game this season. That was St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley in Week 4, who rushed for 146 yards on 19 carries. Expect the Cardinals to clinch at home while taking advantage of falling ticket prices on the secondary market.