Defending Champion Broncos Pacing AFC West With Highest Ticket Prices
Over the next two weeks, TiqIQ and Razorgator will break down ticket prices for each NFL conference ahead of the 2016 season. This week, we'll look at the AFC and each team within.
Coming out of the AFC West, the Denver Broncos not only emerged with another division title a year ago, but also with the Super Bowl 50 crown in Peyton Manning’s final game. With The Sheriff now gone for good, things certainly won’t get any easier for Denver, as they must stave off a bevy of competent opponents within the division. Kansas City and Oakland will likely challenge Denver for division supremacy, while San Diego could be a sleeper team with their high-powered offense. Previews for each team are presented below.
Denver (12-4) is the reigning Super Bowl champion, but unlike past Super Bowl champions, the quarterback position is wide open. After losing Manning (retirement) and Brock Osweiler (free agency), Denver will hand the reigns to either Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemen, or Paxton Lynch. Denver’s starting QB will likely manage games by handing the ball off and making smart throws to Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. On the other side of the ball, Denver is bringing back the key playmakers from last season’s Super Bowl winning squad. Von Miller will anchor the pass rush, while Chris Harris will lead the secondary. Denver will have several key home games (Indianapolis, Houston, New England), but it’s Week 1 home matchup against Carolina is generating the most interest. On Razorgator, the get-in price for Panthers vs. Broncos tickets is $184. Fans driving to the game can also find cheap parking options for Sports Authority Field at Mile High parking on ParkWhiz.com to help save on costs.
Kansas City (11-5) has made the playoffs in two of the last three seasons, and even won a road playoff game last year, but seems to falter against the league’s best teams. Case in point, the Chiefs lost to New England, 27-20, in the AFC Divisional Round last season. Kansas City played without Jamaal Charles for the majority of the year and his return will likely be a big boost to the offense. Alex Smith, a solid, but not spectacular quarterback, returns and will be tossing passes to prime weapons Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce. On defense, Kansas City lost Sean Smith to Oakland in free agency and won’t have Justin Houston for the start of the season. Add in contract disputes with Eric Berry and this is a team that has some question marks on defense. Kansas City has some tough road games this year (at Carolina, at Pittsburgh, at Indy), so it will need to win at home. In terms of ticket prices, Kansas City’s Week 16 matchup against Denver on Christmas Day is commanding the most attention. On Razorgator, the get-in price for these Kansas City Chiefs tickets is $50, which could end up being a huge steal if the Chiefs are battling with Denver over first place at the end of the campaign.
Oakland (7-9) is being billed as one of the ‘sleeper’ teams in the NFL. Armed with a solid young quarterback, wide receiver combination (Derek Carr-Amari Cooper), elite offensive line, and two elite pass-rushers (Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin), Oakland can make some noise this season. Oakland hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002, but this core of talented young players is making fans very hopeful after displaying much promise in the 2015 season. In fact, on the secondary ticket market, fans are equally optimistic. Oakland’s most expensive home is currently its Week 2 meeting against Atlanta. The get-in ticket price for this game is $123.San Diego (3-13) was abysmal on both sides of the ball last season. The offensive line had trouble run-blocking, while its defense couldn’t stop the run. To make matter worse, San Diego is having trouble getting first-round pick, Joey Bosa under contract. Bosa, who was an elite defender at Ohio State, would bring a sense of urgency and stability to this defense. On offense, Philip Rivers gets back offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. In 2013, Rivers had a career year with Whisenhunt as the offensive coordinator, so fans are hoping he can help restore some magic. Rivers will be supported by a healthy Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates, a player who only needs 8 TDs to break Tony Gonzalez’s TD record. Additionally, he’ll be throwing to newcomer Travis Benjamin, who could turn out to be a huge factor for the club. Chargers tickets used to be a sought after item, and if they can return to old form, that will certainly be the case in 2016, with this potentially being the last season the Chargers play in San Diego.