Saints Fans Excited for End-of-Season Matchups

The New Orleans Saints have been one of the best teams in the league ever since Drew Brees’s arrival just short of a decade ago. Highlighted by the 2010 Super Bowl victory over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, the Saints have been a mainstay in the postseason ever since Bree’s took control at the helm in 2006. They made it all the way to the NFC Conference Championship in Brees’s first season in Louisiana, and then went on to win the Super Bowl just three years later.  Since then, they’ve made the playoffs all but one year, but the past few years have been difficult, with division rivals Carolina taking home the NFC South crown last year and the Atlanta Falcons doing so in 2012. Will the Saints have the firepower to win the division title in 2014?

Drew Brees (Photo: AP)

Drew Brees (Photo: AP)

New Orleans will have a few new faces on offense and defense this year. Rookie Brandin Cooks has been drawing rave reviews in training camp and expects to take the lion’s share of touches that used to go to Darren Sproles who has departed for the Philadelphia Eagles. On the other side of the ball, new safety Jairus Byrd, signed away from the Buffalo Bills to the tune of a six year, $56 million contract, should help bolster Rob Ryan’s secondary.

The Saints schedule offers little leeway for the team as they will have to play both the AFC and NFC North divisions this year, as well as the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. They’ll start off the season with two road games – at Atlanta and at Cleveland – before holding their 2014 home opener on September 21st against the Minnesota Vikings. The average price for Saints tickets to the opener is currently $193.98 on TicketCity. The Saints will then play two more games – at Dallas and home against Tampa Bay – before their Week 6 bye. They’ll finish off their first right games with two road matchups against the Lions and Panthers sandwiching a prime time Sunday night home game against the Green Bay Packers.  This is the most expensive game on the Saints schedule, presently, with an average ticket price of $320.76.

The average ticket price for games on the first half of the Saints schedule is $178.59 compared to $206.30 for the second half. It’s rather clear why tickets are a little more expensive as the season progresses because the Saints will have five hugely important home games in the final two months of the season. They’ll host the 49ers, Ravens, and Bengals consecutively in the first three weeks of November. The most expensive of these games is against the Niners with tickets currently holding an average price of $287.44.

The final two home games of the year will be against the Carolina Panthers on December 7th and the Atlanta Falcons on December 21st. Tickets are going for, on average, $195.79 and $218.17 for those two matchups, respectively. Chances are, a lot will be riding on those December AFC South battles so expect ticket prices to rise as the season progresses. Now may be the best time for Saints fans to grab their tickets for the final games of the 2014 season.