The Indianapolis Colts went from worst to first in one year, thanks to number one overall draft pick Andrew Luck.
The team also rallied behind head coach Chuck Pagano, who battled cancer during the season, but with such a heavy reliance on Luck in the vertical passing game, they were also regularly an elite offense.
Luck should be even better and more consistent in 2013, however, and with veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw added to the mix, Indy’s offense should be more stable, as well. In addition, if the Colts’ 3-4 defense can continue improving within their scheme transition, Indy could have a very solid chance at making back-to-back playoff appearances, and could even compete for the AFC South title, as well.
With their home games currently listed at a solid $188 on average already, we wanted to take a look at some of Indy’s most and least expensive home games:
Top 3 Most Expensive Home Games
- (10/20) vs. Denver Broncos | Avg: $433 | Get-in: $141
Forget the price, folks. It’s Andrew Luck vs. Peyton Manning. Nothing more really needs to be said. Both die hard Colts and Broncos fans will see this as a must-purchase ticket, both for the epic quarterback duel, and because these are two playoff caliber teams duking it out in late October. Mark this one down on the calendars.
- (12/15) vs. Houston Texans | Avg: $178 | Get-in: $45
The Colts are wiser by a year and Andrew Luck should be better than ever, meaning this mid-December meeting could have serious division and/or playoff implications. Indy will be sure to be ready for this intense matchup that should only heat a budding rivalry even more.
- (10/6) vs. Seattle Seahawks | Avg: $167 | Get-in: $50
There isn’t any bad blood in this matchup like with Manning or the Texans above, but it’s going to live up to the price simply by the level of competition. The Seahawks have arguably the top NFL defense and an offense that can rival it, making this a likely much-hyped showdown. Colts fans are getting a steal here at just $167 on average.
Top 3 Home Game Value Buys
- (12/29) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars | Avg: $144 | Get-in: $36
The Jaguars are a pretty weak opponent, but they do actually tend to play division games quite close. I still like the Colts in this one, but it’s a divisional home that. Colts fans don’t want to miss those – especially one that should equate to a win for Indy.
- (11/10) vs. St. Louis Rams | Avg: $146 | Get-in: $40
The Rams look to be a bit improved in their passing game, while they bring an elite defense into the dome that has only gotten more talented. Andrew Luck may not find it easy to get the deep ball going in this one, but this should be a solid down-to-the-wire battle that lives up to it’s immense value.
- (12/1) vs. Tennessee Titans | Avg: $147 | Get-in: $38
Jake Locker and Chris Johnson breathe upside, but the Colts still are likely to have their number as both teams kickoff December. It’s an excellent value purchase late in the year, and still carries the heat of a divisional rivalry, as well.