The St. Louis Rams turned back into a possible playoff contender in 2012, as new head coach Jeff Fisher brought back a winning mentality and quarterback Sam Bradford recovered from a weak 2011 showing and got closer to what a franchise quarterback should be.
The Rams will have to make their offense work without veteran running back Steven Jackson in 2013, but they inherit explosive and versatile rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin, while still being backed by a complete, balanced defense.
With rookie Alec Ogletree making an already borderline defense even better, the Rams have every reason to believe they can take their game to new heights in 2013. And considering Rams’ fans will only have to pay an average of $135 for St Louis Rams tickets at home this year, they’re also a bargain. Let’s further breakdown the Rams as we take a look at all six of their NFC West battles in 2013, while comparing some prices:
- (9/8) vs. Arizona Cardinals | Avg: $109 | Get-in: $17
The Cardinals are a nice start to the year, as Rams fans are paying just $109 (19% below home average) to see the season and home opener all in one in person. It should be a solid matchup and offers the Rams a nice shot at starting out at 1-0.
- (9/26) vs. San Francisco 49ers | Avg: $144 | Get-in: $30
The Rams welcomes the 49ers into their home in late September, with this one just 7% more expensive than their home advantage. This one could go either way and is quite a deal, considering how heated their two meetings were last year.
- (10/28) vs. Seattle Seahawks | Avg: $143 | Get-in: $29
The Rams welcome the Seahawks to their home in their final home game in the division here in late October. These two teams matchup well, making this an interesting battle in the dome. Fans are still getting an arguable deal, too, as this one is only 6% more than the home game average.
- (12/1) @ San Francisco 49ers | Avg: $156 | Get-in: $45
The 49ers welcome the Rams into California for meeting two in 2013, and it’s only $12 more on the road. That’s still a bargain for a rivalry that has gotten very heated and gave fans two great games in 2012.
- (12/8) @ Arizona Cardinals | Avg: $108 | Get-in: $20
Traveling to Arizona, the Rams are slightly less likely to win here than in their season opener, but they still have a great chance at earning the sweep. They’ll have to find a way to run the ball in order to do that, which will be easier said than done. Either way, this one comes in at less than $110 on average, so it’s a solid deal.
- (12/29) @ Seattle Seahawks | Avg: $222 | Get-in: $90
Fans couldn’t have asked for a better season finale (except maybe it could have been at home), as the Rams travel to take on the mighty Seahawks. Both teams are very defensive minded, so it could end up being an epic clash with major division and playoff implications. All things considered, $222 isn’t really too much to ask, especially given that it’s in Seattle, where fans normally are charged $253 per game.