NFL Thanksgiving Game 2: Dolphins at Cowboys
|Thursday 3:15 PM||Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Stadium – Arlington, TX tickets from $67|
2011 marks the sixth straight season that the NFL is serving up a Thanksgiving Tripleheader to its fans, and that begs the question: how did we ever live with only two games/season? A couple of years ago, fans began clamoring to go against the tradition of Dallas and (more specifically) Detroit hosting every season because of perennially bad play and holiday blowouts. The resurgent play of both teams, however, has this year’s Turkey Day slate looking as fine as any we’ve seen since the inception of the NFL Network’s nightcap.
While the locations of the first two games are National Football League institutions: Detroit’s been hosting since 1945 and Dallas since 1966 (with a few exceptions for both), the third game has yet to land in the same place twice. This year, in addition to the Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions and the Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys games, the San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens matchup is selected to finish the day. We’re going to handle the holiday lineup in the same way any good all-day eater handles the family buffet, in several trips. Check out the average prices for all three games below and then read about the second course: Dolphins vs Cowboys.
|Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys||Cowboys Stadium||Arlington||TX||2011-11-24||$271.33|
|San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens ( are labeled Game 8)||M&T Bank Stadium||Baltimore||MD||2011-11-24||$189.25|
|Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions||Ford Field||Detroit||MI||2011-11-24||$183.02|
Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys Tickets
Ah, the “Snow Game” matchup strikes again. On paper, this game appears to be the biggest mismatch in talent; while Dallas has struggled through a few injuries and a couple of awful batches of turning the ball over, their domination of the Buffalo Bills in Week 10 showed just what they’re capable of. As Tony Romo continues to heal and consistently finds his own players on passes instead of the defense, they have a lot of potential to be a player for the NFC East Division crown and the playoffs.
A running game energized by the emergence of Demarco Murray is also providing Dallas with the option to control the ball when closing out games, something the defense has to appreciate. While star pass rusher Demarcus Ware is turning in another All Pro performance and making life hard for opposing quarterbacks, the rest of the defense and secondary has to be relieved that the offense is capable of killing time in the game after a punt or turnover is forced.
The Miami Dolphins don’t appear to offer the stiffest test of the Dallas defense, either, given their turnover at quarterback – where journeyman Matt Moore is currently filling in – and their struggles to stay healthy and productive at running back – where veteran Reggie Bush is attempting to serve as a full-time starting back for the first time in his career while rookie Daniel Thomas recovers from injury. These two did, however, help lead Miami to back-to-back wins in weeks 9 and 10, so while the 0-7 start has submarined the 2011 season, the Dolphins aren’t certainly playing for coach Tony Sparano and the hope of 2012. Whether that hope includes a “Suck for Luck” campaign is, well, up for you to debate.
These Fish Aren’t Flying
The biggest struggle for Miami continues to be the passing attack on both sides of the ball. After being destroyed by Tom Brady in the opening week’s Monday night contest, things haven’t improved much, though the two-game winning streak was helped by the hapless passing games of Kansas City and Washington. Facing Romo in Dallas will be the Dolphins second-straight challenge against more potent air attacks, but the short week following a game against Buffalo makes the Cowboys receivers even more intimidating in this situation.
Compared to the other two games, this matchup lacks the star power & explosiveness fans expect in Detroit and the power-running and physical defense on tap in Baltimore. This makes it an appropriate second course for the Thanksgiving Tripleheader, a lighter helping that still has the potential to keep you happy and entertained.
Dolphins vs Cowboys Tickets and Deals
If you’re a big fan of either team, or just in Dallas and eager to join in Arlington‘s biggest party under one (retractable) roof, check out SeatGeek to search all of the most popular ticket sites in one place with the added benefit of Deal Scores and easy checkout. Here are a few highlights about the current market for Dolphins-Cowboys tickets to get you started.
- While the scouting reports may not see this as a premiere game, the ticket prices show a whole different side of demand. This is the most expensive game of Thursday’s three, on average, at $271.
- Cowboys Stadium is famous for, among other things, its “Party Pass” Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets in the more open, glass-encased end of the stadium. You can pick up one of these tickets right now for as low as $37! That’ll put some spending money in your pocket.
- If you’d prefer to have a seat for the game, two sections in the upper deck that’ll put you in a corner of the end zone (sections 405 and 437) have the cheapest seats starting at $73.
- The Best Deal available is in upper deck section 445 and puts you on the 20 yard line with a great view of the stadiums huge HD screen for just $99 – a whopping 63% below average.
- And, because everything’s bigger in Texas, let’s seem just how high the prices have already soared for Thanksgiving Day. A number of suites are going from anywhere between $11,000 and $28,480, while the most expensive single seat is in section 235 on the 50 yard line, listed for $4,272. Some seats in that same section can be had for as low (relatively speaking) as $669.
If you have any questions about picking up Dolphins vs Cowboys tickets for yourself, feel free to drop us a line on twitter @SeatGeek or write firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for joining us for the second course of Thanksgiving football. Check out the 49ers vs Ravens game for drinks (a canned craft beer, please!) and dessert.