The Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren’t expected to do much in 2012. They were fresh off of a disappointing 4-12 season and had a rookie head coach in Greg Schiano. However, instead of simply playing to expectations, the Buccaneers made the most of rookie running back Doug Martin and free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson, as they started the season off at 6-4.
Considering they were 1-4 at one point, standing at 6-4 through 10 games was pretty impressive. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay was still young and inconsistent, and ended up losing five straight games before winning their season finale to finish at 7-9. The way they ended their season wasn’t at all desired, but it does appear Schiano has the Bucs headed in the right direction.
Being that this is still a young team, it’s no surprise their home game tickets are going for just $146 on average. Let’s prepare for Tampa Bay’s new 2013 season by breaking down their divisional contests, while comparing some prices on Buccaneers tickets:
- (9/15) vs. New Orleans Saints | Avg: $142 | Get-in: $12
Tampa Bay gets the high-flying Saints in week two, which happens to be their home opener. Even though it’s a beautiful matchup against a team the Buccaneers got swept by in 2012, it’s still only 3% below the home season average. Tampa Bay will be out for blood as they try to at least split the series right away in 2013.
- (10/24) vs. Carolina Panthers | Avg: $127 | Get-in: $26
The deals keep coming at home, as Cam Newton and the Panthers come to town for a fantastic matchup. These teams played very closely a year ago and 2013 should be no different. This one is another deal, coming in 13% under the season average at home.
- (11/17) vs. Atlanta Falcons | $152 | Get-in: $28
The Falcons end up being Tampa Bay’s most expensive home division game, but it’s still pretty cheap and only 4% the home average. Fans are getting yet another deal, as the Buccaneers try to keep rising up with an upset here in mid-November. If they can control the clock via Doug Martin, it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibilities.
- (10/20) @ Atlanta Falcons | Avg: $116 | Get-in: $25
The first meeting with the Falcons comes in Atlanta, and is ironically significantly cheaper. Both should be solid battles, but this one is the one to go to for fans of either team. Buccaneers fans should just know this one isn’t likely to end with a win, as the Falcons typically win at home.
- (12/1) @ Carolina Panthers | Avg: $125 | Get-in: $20
The Carolina Panthers welcome the Buccaneers here to start off December, and this one is about the same price as their November meeting in Tampa Bay. With these battles generally pretty close and down to the wire, the Buccaneers have a shot at pulling off the sweep.
- (12/29) @ New Orleans Saints | Avg: $195 | Get-in: $46
It’s the last game of 2013, and while it’s on the road, it could have huge division and/or playoff implications. Coming in under $200 on average, Buccaneers fans couldn’t ask for a better deal or a better potential ending to the 2013 regular season.