October 23, 2015 - Jesse Lawrence
Rivalries Rule As 2015 NFL Season Enters Week 7
Week 7 of the 2015 NFL season will be jam-packed with rivalries, and none will be bigger than the AFC East battle between the New England Patriots and New York Jets. The Patriots continue their assault on the league and will likely face their toughest competition yet with the feared Jets defense coming to town. This week’s action gets started Thursday night in Santa Clara, where the San Francisco 49ers welcome the Seattle Seahawks in Levi’s Stadium. Both teams are looking to pull themselves out of the rubble after slow starts in the NFC West. However, neither are out of the hunt at 2-4 as the first-place Arizona Cardinals cautiously sit atop the division at just 4-2. Ticket prices for the Thursday Night Football game have dropped considerably on the secondary market in the days leading up to kickoff. The average price for 49ers vs Seahawks tickets on TiqIQ is now $183.05, which marks a 25.1% tumble from the game’s $244.43 average on October 11. The cheapest ticket is now listed for $115. While the defending NFC champions hope to take down a struggling 49ers team, it is Sunday afternoon’s Patriots-Jets game that has garnered the highest-priced tickets on the secondary market this week. Patriots vs Jets tickets now average a whopping $703.19 on TiqIQ and the get-in price is $318. Massive ticket prices don’t end there for the Pats, though, as a November 7 game with the Washington Redskins is garnering a $768.82 ticket average and $334 get-in price. With fans traveling to Gillette Stadium from all over the Northeast this weekend, there will be a wide variety of parking options available around the venue for each fan’s tailgating needs. Gillette Stadium parking on Parkwhiz.com for Sunday’s game starts at $45.30. Among other notable divisional games taking place this week include the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit. While the Cowboys-Giants game is averaging well over $400 on the secondary market, Sunday afternoon’s showdown in Detroit barely exceeds $100. The NFC East is one of the weakest divisions in the league thus far this season and showcases a first-place tie between the 3-3 Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys could return to the divisional conversation with a win, however, as they sit at 2-3. The dismal 1-5 Lions host their third consecutive home game and go up against the 2-3 Vikings. Neither will likely catch the 6-0 Packers, who are the heavy favorite to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 50 this February.