The Oakland Raiders’ mantra of “just win, baby” is still alive, but it’s not doing too well. That doesn’t mean it won’t, but let’s just say they’ve got their work cut out for them.
One problem heading into 2013 is that the Raiders no longer even have a competent starting quarterback after trading away veteran passer, Carson Palmer. Instead, they’ll let Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor and rookie Tyler Wilson duke it out to see how handles the offense. While none of those options are enticing, everyone knows the Raiders will only go as far as often injured star running back Darren McFadden can take them.
Even though the Raiders are likely destined for the bottom of the AFC West, at least fans can take solace in only having to pay $122 on average for Oakland Raiders tickets in 2013. And if the Raiders do surprise people, well then that price tag will be one of the best bargains in the NFL, until prices inevitably rise of course. With that in mind, let’s take a look at Oakland’s six divisional games and compare the pricing:
- (10/6) vs. San Diego Chargers | Avg: $106 | Get-in: $21
The Raiders aren’t expected to be great in 2013, obviously, so even the games that could/should draw a crowd aren’t going to cost a ton. Needless to say, even though this is a nice division game, it’s still 13% below Oakland’s season average.
- (12/15) vs. Kansas City Chiefs | Avg: $98 | Get-in: $19
Oakland’s cheapest division game comes in under $100 and is 20% below their home game season average. This matchup is fairly storied, but these new Chiefs are better than advertised. Oakland has a shot at getting a win here, but like most of their games this year, it won’t be easy.
- (12/29) vs. Denver Broncos | Avg: $148 | Get-in: $36
While Oakland won’t be drawing huge crowds on their own in 2013, no one can deny that their rivalry with the Broncos is still pretty strong. Oakland’s best chance at getting the best of Peyton Manning and co. comes in the season finale, where this game comes in at 21% above their season average.
- (9/23) @ Denver Broncos | Avg: $365 | Get-in: $126
The most expensive division game for the Raiders rightfully comes in Denver. Obviously this division rivalry is beyond heated, but the price is also a testament to how good the Broncos were last year and are expected to be in 2013. Needless to say, the Raiders unfortunately aren’t great bets to steal a win in this one.
- (10/13) @ Kansas City Chiefs | Avg: $111 | Get-in: $13
Oakland has another realistic chance here to sneak a win against the Chiefs, who appear better on paper but could still be vulnerable to an upset. The good news is that Raiders fans will get in for a good price, either way, as the get-in tag is under $15.
- (12/22) @ San Diego Chargers | Avg: $166 | Get-in: $47
Oakland’s final road game in the division comes against the Chargers, a week before the season ends. San Diego won’t be an easy test on the road, but at least the ticket price isn’t bad at under $170.