Packers Continue To Be Top Draw With Tickets; NFC North Rivals Not Far Behind
Last season, not only was the NFC North division well-represented in the playoffs, but it involved a race that came down to Week 17, when the Minnesota Vikings ultimately prevailed as division champions, while the Green Bay Packers had to settle for a Wild Card berth. By virtue of winning the division, Minnesota hosted a home playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, which they would lose after an incredibly heartbreaking ending. Green Bay, meanwhile, won a road playoff game in Washington before dropping a hard-fought game in overtime to Arizona in the NFC Divisional Round. Detroit and Chicago missed the playoffs, but added impact players during the NFL Draft that could help turn the tides during the regular season. The NFC North race figures to be one of the best in football once again, so fans should start securing their tickets today. In fact, on Razorgator, fans can find great deals for NFL tickets.
Minnesota (11-5) suffered an awful loss during the Wild Card Round of the NFC Playoffs. Billed as the third coldest game in playoff history, these two teams exhibited their physical brand of football for four quarters. Minnesota’s defense stymied Seattle’s offense throughout the game and posited the offense to win the game in the game’s final moments. However, an errant kick by Blair Walsh gave Seattle a 10-9 victory. During its playoff game (and during the regular season), Minnesota’s offensive line was exposed, so the front office spent the entire offseason bolstering it. Minnesota brought in veteran offensive linemen Alex Boone and Andre Smith to shore up the line. Minnesota added wide receiver Laquon Treadwell during the first round of the NFL Draft to give Teddy Bridgewater a big-time threat on the outside. These two moves could be enough to get Minnesota into the Divisional Round (and beyond) in the playoffs.
Green Bay (10-6) strategically played out Week 17 to avoid hosting Seattle in the Wild Card Round. Instead, the Pack took its chances and traveled to Washington, where they had their way, 35-18, to set up a showdown in The Desert with Arizona. Green Bay took the Cardinals to overtime, but a long pass play by Carson Palmer to Larry Fitzgerald positioned Arizona for an eventual five-yard TD connection to Fitzgerald to win the game. Entering 2016, Green Bay will likely have Jordy Nelson back in the fold and should have a motivated Eddie Lacy ready to carry the ball. Green Bay brings back a lot of the same faces on both sides of the ball, but the presence of Nelson should buoy the rest of the team. As always, Packers tickets are in the upper echelon as it pertains to prices on the secondary market, but fortunately, fans in Green Bay can at least save some money with cheap Lambeau Field parking on ParkWhiz.com, which has a variety of affordable options all around the stadium.
Detroit (7-9) regressed in 2015 after an 11-5 season in 2014 that also resulted in a playoff berth. Several factors, including injuries and free agency departures, affected the Lions last season, but fans may not be in for a smooth bounceback effort this season. All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson, one of the game’s best at his position, pted to retire and Detroit will attempt to fill his void with free-agent acquisitions Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin. The 35-year-old Boldin is expected to operate from the slot, while Jones will likely be a vertical and end-zone threat. Fans are also hoping for second-year running back Ameer Abdullah to emerge after a lackluster 2015 campaign. Detroit bolstered its offensive line by drafted Ohio State tackle Taylor Decker in the first round, and he’ll bring a physical, mauling style to the unit. Green Bay and Minnesota are clearly the class of the division, but Detroit has enough playmakers to keep things interesting.Chicago (6-10) is expecting to bounce back under second-year coach John Fox. The Bears’ defense was a weak spot last season, so Chicago added outside linebacker Leonard Floyd in the NFL Draft. Floyd was a proven edge rusher at Georgia, so his presence will likely bolster Chicago’s pass-rushing attack. On offense, Chicago will welcome wide receiver Kevin White to the starting lineup after he missed the 2015 campaign due to injury. White offers a physical, dominant play-making style opposite of Alshon Jeffery. Matt Forte left the Windy City via free agency, so the running back trio of Jeremy Langford, Ka’Deem Carey, and Jordan Howard will help take pressure off of Jay Cutler. Many are expecting a better effort from Chicago this season, so they could be one of the surprise teams in the NFC this year who makes an impact. It’s certainly evident in the secondary ticket market, where Bears fans continue to garner a lot of activity. For instance, Chicago Bears tickets for the home opener against the Eagles start at $166 on Razorgator. No matter what, Bears fans are always going to show up in bunches, and the club could be a surprise contender when all is said and done.