After just two weeks of the NFL season, we have already seen some record-breaking performances. Tom Brady has already thrown for 940 yards, the most ever to start a season and just shy of the NFL record for most yards in consecutive games. He helped lead the Patriots to victory over the Chargers, 35-21, in what was our top Week 2 game.
Whose record of most passing yards to start a season did Brady break? The answer is rookie Panthers QB Cam Newton, who set the record just hours before in his game against the Packers.
This week, teams hope to have record-breaking performances of their own and judging by some of the match-ups, there should be plenty of opportunities. Here is a look at our Week 3 NFL Game Power Rankings:
1. Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers
Average Ticket Price: $282.20
The Bears-Packers rivalry is the longest rivalry in the NFL and only got more heated after the two played in last season's NFC Championship game, which the Packers won on their way to their Super Bowl victory. Soldier Field is less than a four-hour drive from Green Bay, so plenty of Packers fans will probably be making the trip down to the "Windy City" for this one.
Week 1 of the 2011 NFL season is now in the books and this past week's games started to give hints on which teams’ fans will be in for a good year and which ones, well, won't.
Last week, the Ravens vs. Steelers game in Baltimore ranked as the top game of the week, but the Steelers decided not to show up ready and got whooped 35-7 with seven turnovers. The best game of the week was probably the Thursday night match-up between the Saints and Packers. The two teams combined for 76 points with the Packers winning 42-34 after stopping the Saints’ Mark Ingram at the goal line with no time remaining.
This week's slate of games has its fair share of great match-ups as well as some duds (Broncos vs. Bengals, I'm looking at you). Here are this week's rankings:
1. New England Patriots vs. San Diego Chargers
Average Ticket Price: $232.05
The Chargers visit Gillette Stadium this Sunday for the Patriots home opener in what should be the best game of the week. Tom Brady threw for 517 passing yards last week, which is the 5th most ever, and included a 99 ½ yard completion to Wes Welker, but the Chargers defense may prove a little more difficult. They gave up only 39 yards passing to the Vikings in Week 1.
The NFL is back! After a prolonged lockout, everyone seems to be even more hyped to this season than for seasons past and that includes me.
Every week for the entire 2011 NFL season, I will be ranking every game on that week's schedule based on their sales on the TicketNetwork Exchange. Unlike other "Power Rankings" that you see across the internet that rank the teams based on their performance, these rankings will be based on ticket sales and the average price fans have paid to see the game.* That means the demand among FANS will be the deciding factor, not "experts" telling you which is the best.
Check back every Thursday for the latest TN Team Blog "NFL Game Power Rankings". Here is this week's rankings:
1. Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
Average Ticket Price: $270.54
Every season, these two AFC North rivals battle twice and every game seems to be a great one. This fact is not lost on fans in Baltimore, who have paid nearly 20% more than #2 game on our list. Those Ravens fans also hope for a better outcome than the teams last game in which the Steelers beat the Ravens 31-24 in last season's AFC Divisional Playoffs.