The Arizona Cardinals were a lost cause in 2012. While they did tease fans with a nice 4-0 start to the year, horrible play from the offensive line and a litany of below average quarterbacks helped crush their season.
The fade job over the course of the year got head coach Ken Whisenhunt fired and had the Cardinals thinking full-blown rebuilding mode. Instead, the team brought in offensive guru Bruce Arians, who is fresh off of playing a huge hand in turning the formerly 1-5 Indianapolis Colts into an 11-5 playoff team.
Arizona also improved their offense drastically by trading for veteran gunslinger Carson Palmer, while also adding former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall via free agency. While their defense is already a dangerous unit, they got even better in that department, too, by signing elite pass-rusher Jonathan Abraham.
Some of the pieces are new (and technically old), but if they all fit right, the Cardinals could surprise everyone and make a run at a wild card playoff spot in 2013. With that hope in mind, let’s prepare for the new season by breaking down prices for Arizona Cardinals tickets for six NFC West games:
- (10/17) vs. Seattle Seahawks | Avg: $119 | Get-in: $31
Even though the Seahawks are a tough opponent with big name players, this one is just 1% the home average of $118 per game. The Cardinals are much better than they were a year ago on paper, and this will be a nice test to see if the playoffs are a dream or could be a reality.
- (12/8) vs. St. Louis Rams | Avg: $108 | Get-in: $20
All of Arizona’s division games will carry a lot of weight this year, and with all four NFC West teams boasting strong defenses, they could all go down to the wire. This battle in early December with the Rams is probably Arizona’s most likely win of the six, though, and it’s actually 8% under their home age average.
- (12/29) vs. San Francisco 49ers | Avg: $165 | Get-in: $44
This one is a huge season finale against the high profile 49ers, so naturally it’s a tad pricier than the home average. It ends up being a whopping 40% more expensive than the Cardinals’ home game average, but at $165 on average, it’s still an arguable deal.
- (9/8) @ St. Louis Rams | Avg: $109 | Get-in: $17
As stated before, the Rams are probably AZ’s best matchup in this division. However, it won’t be easy to sweep them, as things get started at St. Louis in the season opener.
- (10/13) @ San Francisco 49ers | Avg: $142 | Get-in: $47
The first meeting with the 49ers isn’t as important (potentially) as a season finale right before the playoffs, but it’s still a huge game for the Cardinals. The 49ers aren’t valuing Arizona here, but Cardinals fans will be getting a deal, with this one priced much lower than the season finale matchup.
- (12/22) @ Seattle Seahawks | Avg: $212 | Get-in: $75
Right before the Cardinals host the 49ers to end the year, they wage war with Seattle on the road the week before. These two sides don’t matchup well, but the Cardinals will give it a go and try to claim the upset. Seahawks games are pricey late in the year (or just in general), so Cardinals fans will have to fork over $212 on average for this one.