December 17, 2015 - Jesse Lawrence
Rookies Winston and Gurley Clash During ‘TNF’ in St. Louis, Ticket Prices Falling on Secondary Market
It will take a minor miracle for either team to clinch a postseason berth, but the St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still alive ahead of their Thursday Night Football meeting tonight. The Buccaneers sit at 7-8 and own the seventh seed in the NFC while the 5-8 Rams enter a must-win game and cling to the 11th seed. And while playoff hopes are still in the mix, ticket prices are quickly dropping on the secondary market. According to TiqIQ the average price for Rams vs Buccaneers tickets is $111.01. That marks a 16.4% drop from the $132.82 average on December 8. The cheapest available ticket is now listed for $45. If still looking for traveling accommodations, check Hipmunk.com for the best deals on flights and hotels to St. Louis. While flights can be arranged from anywhere in the country, St. Louis hotels on Hipmunk start from just $34 per night. The focus of tonight’s game will largely be on each team’s promising rookie players, as Tampa Bay will again be fronted by quarterback Jameis Winston and St. Louis looks to running back Todd Gurley. The Buccaneers went all-in on Winston after selecting him first overall in the 2015 NFL Draft and the on-field results have been positive despite his marked personal profile. The Nick Foles experiment has seemingly failed in St. Louis, and the Rams have opted for Case Keenum while directing most of the offensive through their best playmaker in Gurley. The Rams were able to keep their heads above water last Sunday against the Detroit Lions after snapping a five-game losing skid. Gurley had a notable presence in the game, rushing for 140 yards and amassing two touchdowns on just 16 touches en route to a 21-14 victory. They’ll hope Gurley comes up big again against the Buccaneers rush defense, which ranks fourth in the league at 141.2 yards-per-game. The Buccaneers head to St. Louis on the heels of a tight loss to the New Orleans Saints last Sunday. Winston’s 182 passing yards and one touchdown was eclipsed by Drew Brees, who threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns through the air. The Bucs are 3-3 on the road this year while Rams have gone 4-3 at home. Winston’s inaugural year has been an impressive one. Last week the 21-year-old became the youngest player ever to record 3,000 passing yards. Only 13 other rookie quarterbacks have reached the 3,000-yard plateau, though fellow first-rounder and Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota needs just 214 more yards to join the list.