The start of the NFL season is always highly anticipated, so it's not surprising that fans are already snatching up tickets to see their favorite teams compete, both in pre-season games and otherwise. The Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams, and Dallas Cowboys are among the most recent NFL teams to make their tickets available for purchase.
The Dallas Cowboys — known as "America's Team" — starts the season with the Hall of Fame game, Cowboys vs. Dolphins, on Aug. 4. Although officials say Quarterback Tony Romo won't play in the July 30 game, he said he wished he was. This comes after Romo had to undergo surgery to remove a cyst on his back back in May.
Meanwhile, both the St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns start their preseason games by playing each other on Aug. 8.
In concerts, Luke Bryan will stop at the Watershed Festival on Aug. 2. Then he heads on the road for his Dirt Road Diaries tour, which begins Aug. 8 in Wheatland, CA. His tour dates in Nashville and Cincinnati, concerts that take place in the fall, go on sale this weekend.
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The Dallas Cowboys have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the NFL on the field in recent years, but off the field, they remain one of the biggest draws in the game.
So far in 2012, the Cowboys have had the second-highest number of orders on TicketNetwork.com, only bested by their NFC East rivals, the New York Giants. Of course, the caveat in all that is that nearly 25% of the Giants orders came from their home opener against, you guessed it, the Dallas Cowboys.
The most popular game on Dallas' 2012 home schedule has been their Week 15 match-up against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The game has sold nearly 50% more tickets than any other Dallas home game and has the highest average price per ticket sold at $293. The least expensive game on the schedule is this week's home opener in Arlington against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The NFL season is now less than ten days away and, speaking for myself, I could not be any more excited. Sitting around on Sundays eating way too much food and watching hours of football is now right around the corner. Over the past couple weeks we have been previewing the NFL divisions, and we wrapped up the AFC last Friday. Now we move to the NFC, starting with the NFC East.
(To view previous NFL previews, click on any of the following division names: AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West)
Top Cowboys Games of 2012
No team beat themselves more than the Dallas Cowboys did in 2011; always making a key mistake that cost them the game. QB Tony Romo will have to cut down on his miscues and become the elite quarterback everyone expects him to be. Dallas does have one thing going for them: they still have DE DeMarcus Ware on their team. Ware had 19.5 sacks last year and will likely be among the league leaders in the category in 2012 as well.
Projection: The Cowboys are deep in talent, but I don't think that's good enough in the tough NFC East. Finishing around 8-8 is a safe bet for Dallas, which is probably just outside of the postseason.