Top 5 Most In-Demand Games of the Week (11/4 – 11/10)
#5. Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers
Some call him the greatest quarterback of all time. Some call him “The Sheriff.” Better add Gumby to the list. In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, Peyton Manning went down with what looked like a nasty ankle injury after he was tackled below the knees. With Manning clearly hobbled, the Broncos had to rely on the running game for the rest of the day, but not before Manning and co. put up 28 points. The thing was, San Diego was mounting a comeback, having crawled back to 28-20 after getting down 28-6 in the third quarter. At an average price of just $185.74 per ticket, this is the cheapest average ticket price for a Broncos game I can remember, and therefore the clear pick for the bang-for-your-buck pick of the week. In 2013, the NFL just doesn’t get any ore exciting than Manning and the Broncos. But hey, you guys already knew that – it was the second highest selling game on SeatGeek this week.
#4. Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
I know, you’re thinking I’m insane and accidentally put the Jaguars in the Top 5 list. But c’mon! The Jaguars won a game. That has to be acknowledged. Do you know how excited they are about this in Jacksonville? OK, they’re not. But the team is. They’re very excited. So excited, every single player on the team will receive a game ball. Uh huh. It’s that big a deal to them. You’ve got to hand it to the Titans though, because they were nice enough to hand the game to the Jaguars. Ryan Fitzpatrick might have gone to Harvard, but dealing in turnovers isn’t working out so well in the NFL. After getting his team to within two of Jacksonville, Fitzpatrick was sacked, fumbled, and the ball was returned for a touchdown. Way to go Jaguars.
#3. Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins
If you didn’t know, the Bruins are pretty proud of their comeback against the Maple Leafs in last years playoffs. It’s kind of a big deal. It’s pretty clear there’s a rivalry bruin – sorry, brewing. And if you were there for both Saturday’s game and the clincher last year, you were probably having deja vu. See, this guy Bergeron scored the game winner in last year’s playoffs, and he did the same thing Saturday. And he did it just five minutes after the Leafs had tied things up, right when they were beginning to think they had a chance. Heart-wrenching stuff for Leafs’ fans, but Bruins’ fans love it, judging by the near 3,000 tickets sold on SeatGeek.
#2. Boston Celtics at Miami Heat
Jeff Green hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, and the Boston Celtics shocked the Heat in Miami. What’s not to love about this game? The Celtics-Heat rivalry has been one of the best rivalries in the game the past two years. Miami’s normally dominant at home, and lost. LeBron’s near triple-double wasn’t enough. Wade had a chance to end the game, his first free-throw would’ve put the Heat’s lead at four, and out of reach. But he missed. Instead of going for his second free-throw, he deliberately missed, trying to hit the rim and take precious time off the clock. But he missed that, too. And so the Celtics had one final chance, and you know the rest. Fun tidbit? Since 2007, Jeff Green has the highest percentage of game-tying or go-ahead field goal attempts in the final five seconds of games, among players with at least 10 such attempts. In English, that means he’s the most clutch player in the NBA right now. Yeah…would NOT have guessed that. Could’ve guessed that the game would be the second highest priced game of the week though, at $131.44 a ticket.
#1. Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
Are the Cincinnati Bengals the most exciting team in the NFL this season? No. Are they on this list every week? Yes. Do I know what that means? No. Was this an awesome game? Yes, so let’s focus on that. The first half was all Ravens, who went up 17-0 and seemed to have a strangle hold on the Bengals. Surely, as inconsistent as the Ravens are this year, they wouldn’t let up in the second half, right? My dear fellow, if you think that, please reacquaint yourself with your 2013 Ravens. From imposing to impotent – that’s just the way they play. The second half was all Bengals, who tied it at 17 on a hail-mary pass at the end of regulation – which was tipped twice - to A.J. Green. Then, as if to quash any arguments that momentum actually exists in sports, the Ravens picked off Dalton, drove to the Bengals 29, and kicked a 46 yard field goal to win the game. Awesome game, and just $163.49 a ticket.