November 05, 2015 - Jesse Lawrence
Undefeated Bengals Welcome Browns in Most Expensive Remaining Game in Cincinnati This Season
Thursday Night Football heads to Cincinnati this week, and the 7-0 Bengals look to keep the best start in franchise history rolling against the struggling Cleveland Browns. Cincinnati’s winning ways will come at a price for fans still searching for tickets to tonight’s showdown, however, as prices continue to increase on the secondary market ahead of kickoff. Blame Andy Dalton’s banner year under center or the inclusion of beleaguered Browns star Johnny Manziel for the injured Josh McCown, but tonight’s game will be the most expensive game remaining at Paul Brown Stadium this season. According to TiqIQ the average price for secondary market Bengals tickets against the Browns is now $218.47, 31.7% above the Bengals’ season average of $165.81, and the get-in price is currently $164. One month ago, the Bengals were coming off their fourth straight win of the season with a 36-21 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The average ticket price for tonight’s TNF matchup was then listed at $135.48. No strangers to early-season success after starting 5-2-1 last season, the Bengals faithful saw ticket prices for their team’s bout with the Browns begin to jump drastically in the weeks following. By the end of Week 5, tickets to tonight’s game between the Bengals and Browns averaged $203.64, marking a 50.3% week-over-week increase. The Bengals defeated the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks that week, solidifying their status as a potential threat to make a deep postseason push this winter. While prices have slowly risen since, the hype continues to build around a Bengals team that has failed to make it out of the AFC Wild Card game in four consecutive seasons. History may also play a factor in the ticket price spike over the last several weeks. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has turned the franchise around since being hired in 2003 and has led the team to six postseason berths during his tenure. Though the Browns have struggled in recent seasons and have welcomed a revolving door of quarterbacks, they have handled the Bengals efficiently. Last year’s game at Paul Brown Stadium saw the Browns decimate the Bengals, 24-3, and put the prospective of Cincinnati postseason football in jeopardy. For those traveling to Cincinnati to take in all the action, Hipmunk.com offers the best deals on last-minute flights and hotels. Cincinnati hotels on Hipmunk start from $65 per night while flights can be found into The Queen City from anywhere in the world. Do the Browns have it in them to again foil a surging Bengals team? The general consensus might say no, but if Manziel can rekindle his old A&M flame while being monitored on a short leash, there is hope yet for a turnaround in Cleveland. Just don’t expect to keep the piggy bank in tact if planning on attending in Cincinnati tonight.