Top 5 Most In-Demand Games of the Week (10/7 – 10/13)
In the second edition of SeatGeek’s weekly column, we’re once again sifting through the best the NFL and MLB playoffs have to offer to decide our most in-demand games of the week. Whether it was the snoozefest-turned-thriller in Buffalo, or the come-from-behind wins in Boston, last week’s games had plenty to offer.
#5. Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills
This is your weekly bang-for-your-buck pick. On the surface, watching Andy Dalton do anything is about as appealing as watching cricket, especially when he’s playing against last week’s Bills practice squad quarterback Thad Lewis. Perhaps that explains why the average ticket price was $73.47. And yet, spruce Dalton up with receiver A.J. Green and running-back Giovani Bernard, and you have an offense that becomes interesting as soon as the ball leaves Dalton’s right hand. Green’s tip-toe touchdown catch? Bernard cutting so hard that he sent four players to the emergency room with broken ankles? Yes please. And then there’s Thad Lewis. Um, he was on the Bills practice team last week? He looked better than anyone Jacksonville’s had in the past 1, 2, 3, 4… in like a decade. Lewis sent the game to overtime on the strength of his arm, and he did it without top receiver Stevie Johnson.
#4. Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
Does anyone else enjoy kickoff and punt returns? Because I do, and this game had two great ones. Cowboys return man Dwayne Harris returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and returned a kickoff 90 yards before being tackled just yards short of the end-zone. In total, Harris had 222 total return yards. Pretty exciting stuff, especially given the rule change a couple years back that has nearly driven kickoff returns extinct. Add the special teams excitement to an already intense rivalry – this was the highest seller for both MLB and NFL games, and average ticket prices were the fourth highest for NFL games – and you’ve got your fourth pick.
#3. NLCS: Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals – Game 2
This one gets the nod over Game 1 of Detroit at Boston because of the excitement throughout. Yes, both games ended 1-0, but for Detroit the game was never in doubt, Sanchez pitching a no-hitter until he was pulled after the sixth inning and his relievers took over to seal the win. Not so simple for Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha, who after playing just 15 games in the regular season faced a bases-loaded test in the sixth inning of just his second postseason start. Well, it might not have been quite as complete as Sanchez’s demolition of Boston, but don’t tell Wacha he should’ve felt the heat since he cooly got the out, securing his second postseason win in as many starts, allowing one or fewer runs in each one.
#2. New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots
Some people aren’t going to like the top two spots, but it’s got to be these two. Here’s a stat for you: the Saints had a 96 percent win probability with 2:16 left in the game, according to advancednflstats.com. And they lost. Or perhaps more accurately, the Patriots went out and won it, Tom Brady throwing a picture-perfect 17-yard pass over the defender to Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds left to play. It’s not quite the bang-for-your-buck of the week, with average ticket prices at $309.69, but it’s safe to say you got your money’s worth. If it had happened in the playoffs, it would have been the game of the week.
#1. ALCS: Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox – Game 2
Detroit led 5-0 in the eighth inning, Max Scherzer throwing a no-hitter through the first six innings. The Tigers were dominating – I wonder what their win probability was? – and then Shane Victorino scores a run off of Pedroia’s double. David Ortiz saunters up to the plate, seemingly focused on his gloves and his bat, not really concerned about the pitcher before him. And crushed a grand slam. Soon after, Jonny Gomes scored in the ninth for the game-winning run, and Boston’s improbable, seemingly impossible comeback was complete. Enough said.