The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made some solid strides last year under rookie head coach Greg Schiano, but enter 2013 in a mixed bag of optimism and pressure.
Schiano has made it known that contract-year quarterback Josh Freeman needs to put up or shut up in 2013, while rookie passer Mike Glennon will be waiting in the wings if Freeman fails. On the flip-side, while the offense has it’s back against the wall, Tampa Bay’s young defense will have to make the leap from rising with optimism, to one that strikes fear into the opposition.
The off-season additions of safety Dashon Goldson and cornerback Darrelle Revis should put the Buccaneers on the map, but it’s anyone’s guess if being back on the map will translate into a trip to the playoffs.
To get a clearer picture of Tampa Bay’s 2013 journey via their road games, TiqIQ takes a closer Tampa Bay Buccaneers tickets, some of their most, and some of their least expensive home games.
Top 3 Priced Home Games
- (12/15) vs. San Francisco 49ers | Avg: $188 | Get-in: $38
This could be a brutal game or one that simply shows the Buccaneers are for real. Tampa Bay gets the treat of hosting the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers, with electric quarterback Colin Kaepernick on center stage. Not only is it a show-stopping matchup, but it also is had at decent value – just $21 more than Tampa’s home game season average.
- (10/13) vs. Philadelphia Eagles | Avg: $184 | Get-in: $36
Rookie head coach Chip Kelly marches into town in early October with his high-scoring college offense, which could be music to the ears of Schiano and his revamped defense. This is an odd game to be priced so high for the Buccaneers, but it certainly won’t be lacking in big plays and hype. The interest level only increases if Michael Vick remains under center for the Eagles.
- (9/15/) vs. New Orleans Saints | Avg: $170 | Get-in: $27
An early showdown between division rivals is just what the doctor ordered in this one, as the return of head coach Sean Payton makes this one even more interesting. Drew Brees and the Saints up-tempo offense is clearly the huge draw, but more important is the matchup between Brees and Tampa’s new defense. The mere question of whether or not Revis and co. can slow down or stop Brees will make this price one worth paying.
Top 3 Home Game Values
- (10/24) vs. Carolina Panthers | Avg: $145 | Get-in: $30
The Panthers in Tampa Bay in late October is surprisingly Tampa Bays’ cheapest home game. Needless to say, a budding rivalry with the rising Panthers and the explosive Cam Newton is nothing short of a major value buy. Fans are getting one heck of a bargain in what could be one of the more explosive home meetings in 2013, and at $22 less than their home game average ($167).
- (9/29) vs. Arizona Cardinals | Avg: $146 | Get-in: $28
The Arizona Cardinals understandably don’t look like an elite home draw in late September, but a somewhat revamped AZ offense actually could end up qualifying as a bargain buy. Carson Palmer, Rashard Mendenhall and even head coach Bruce Arians headline a Cardinals team that could be a lot more competitive than people give them credit for, and Buccaneers fans get to enjoy the battle at a solid price.
- (12/8) vs. Buffalo Bills | Avg: $164 | Get-in: $28
Another meager showdown here with the lowly Bills, but the beautiful thing about would-be stinker games is that they stand a terrific chance at turning into Buccaneer wins. Tampa Bay owns Buffalo from a talent standpoint on both sides of the ball. On the bright side, running back C.J. Spiller should account for some highlight reel plays, while the Bucs should get the win.