Hard Knocks’ Houston Texans Hope To Parlay Screen Time Into 2015 Attendance Rise

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The Houston Texans enter the preseason already with a disadvantage, as star running back Arian Foster is going to miss at least the first half of the season after having surgery to repair his injured groin. Texans running backs Chris Polk and Alfred Blue will be handling most of the duties until his return as a result.

There is also a quarterback position battle between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett, who both are familiar with Texans head coach Bill O’Brien after he was the quarterback coach for the New England Patriots. Both are inexperienced starters in the NFL, which could make it tough as they first embark on the upcoming campaign.

With a lot of roster questions still to be decided, the stars of Hard Knocks on HBO continue their preseason slate this weekend. With secondary market ticket information provided by RazorGator.com, below are prices for Houston Texans tickets before the regular season begins. The organization is certainly hoping that the attention brought to the team by the HBO program will lead to increased interest and attendance at home and on the road in 2015.

8/22/2015 | Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos | NRG Stadium | Average Price: $103.54 | Get-in Price: $27

8/30/2015 | New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans | Mercedes Benz Superdome | Average Price: $47 | Get-in Price: $10

9/3/2015 | Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans | AT&T Stadium | Average Price: $69.74 | Get-in Price: $3

The Houston Texans start in the comfort of NRG Stadium, where they played host to the San Francisco 49ers last weekend and the Denver Broncos in their first upcoming preseason game.The game against Denver is priced at $103.54, the only remaining game with an average ticket price over the $100 mark.

Houston then hits the road to close out their preseason schedule. Week 3 against the Saints in New Orleans is the cheaper option between the two road games, as tickets have an average price of $47 and a get-in price of $10. This game will most likely provide the most value, as the starters usually play into the second half. Plus, it should be a very live atmosphere, as it always is, from the Superdome.

For the finale, the Texans play their in-state rival, the Dallas Cowboys. Entrance into Jerry’s World has an average price of $69.74, with a cheap get-in price of only $3.

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Despite Julius Thomas Injury, Jaguars And Bortles Expecting Improvement in 2015


The wait ended for Jacksonville Jaguars fans last weekend as the preseason finally got underway with a Jaguars win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The win came with a loss though, as former Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, a big free agent acquisition, suffered a hand injury and will miss the remainder of the preseason. Nonetheless, quarterback Blake Bortles has a few new weapons at his disposal this season, and growth is expecting from the young returning position players. It will be important for last year’s first round pick to get in a groove as soon as possible if Jacksonville has any shot this year of contending for a playoff berth. Second-round draft pick T.J. Yeldon will have to wait to contribute to the offense, as he was ruled out for the opener.

With the preseason opener in the books, below is other information for secondary market Jaguars tickets from RazorGator.com for their action leading up to Week 1 of the regular season.

8/22/2015 | New York Giants vs. Jacksonville Jaguars | MetLife Stadium | Average Price: $75.75 | Get-in Price: $9

8/28/2015 | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions | EverBank Field | Average Price: $57.13 | Get-in Price: $13

9/3/2015 | Washington Redskins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars | FedEx Field | Average Price: $47 | Get-in Price: $4

The Jaguars return home in Week 3 of the preseason, where the starters are projected to see the most playing time. They host the Detroit Lions, who won their first preseason game against the New York Jets. With a get-in price of only $13, it’s a great value to see professional football at EverBank Field, especially with so many starting position players slated to get a lot of the minutes over the course of the game.

For the finale, the Jaguars travel to the nation’s capital to face the Washington Redskins with an average ticket price of $47 and a get-in price of just $4. There’s no saying how much the starters will be on the field at this point in time, but in general, teams tend to play it safe to avoid any major injuries prior to regular season games.

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Auburn Looking For Improved Defensive Unit To Vault Them Into College Football Playoff In ’15


The Auburn Tigers want to party like it’s 2010. You know, like when they went 14-0 and won the national title. While it might not feel like Auburn is on the cusp of another amazing run like that, they might actually be a lot closer than people think. Auburn saw a drop-off in terms of actual success after going 8-5 in 2014, but still had an elite offense that helped them get off to a hot 5-0 start, perhaps exhibiting promise that a monumental run is in store. That’s one reason fans are amped to get their Auburn Tigers tickets for the upcoming campaign.

That offense stuck around beyond their shot at perfection, too, but unfortunately the Tigers couldn’t survive a defense that caved at the completely wrong moments. Mississippi State dropped 38 points on them in their first loss of the season and after losing an insane 41-38 shootout with Texas A&M, these Tigers just were never the same. From that point on, the offense was still strong, but the defense couldn’t keep things together, surrendering 30 or more points in six of their last seven games. That’s not going to get the job done no matter how good the offense is.

There is light at the end of the tunnel in 2015, as a ton of turnover (Nick Marshall, Sammie Coates and Cameron Artis-Payne have all departed) gives way to even more talent on both sides of the ball. There’s no guarantee it will translate and help the Tigers march on to another historic season, but getting back to their 2013 ways, when they went 12-2 and made it to the national title game, could be a realistic goal. And with the College Football Playoff now a thing, simply getting into that four-team haven is a win in itself.

The best part about this potentially wild ride? The insane value in Auburn Tigers tickets this year. This is a team that has been in two national title games since 2010, and has had only one truly bad season during that span, yet tickets to Tigers games are going for just $183.15 on average, according to Razorgator.com. Fans are going to see the value inside the SEC more than anywhere else, but we probably can’t expect much savings for killer showdowns with the Alabama Crimson Tide ($524.29 on average, $240 for the cheap seats), the LSU Tigers ($256.68, $113), Texas A&M ($265.61, $100) and the fierce rival Georgia Bulldogs ($257.55, $152). All of those games are going to be massive clashes with conference foes and will play a huge role in determining just what kind of a season Auburn will ultimately have.

Just as good as those intense matchups is the value Tigers fans can find in some of the lesser battles, as Auburn Tigers tickets free fall to just $56.57 ($13 to get in) for a matchup with the Idaho Vandals at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Additionally, two more home battles with the Jacksonville State Gamecocks ($87.72) and the San Jose Spartans ($96.20) both register as absolute bargains and sweet values for the hometown fans, as each game is a likely win for Auburn.

Ultimately, Auburn’s title hopes hinge on two things: their run through the SEC and what comes of their defense. Even with changes at quarterback, running back and wide receiver, there’s still a solid chance the offense won’t miss a beat. But winning in the brutal SEC and finding a way to turn a shaky defense into a strength will be key to Auburn’s College Football Playoff hopes.

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Cincinnati Bengals Start Preseason Tonight; Look To Extend Postseason Streak in 2015


It’s another season and another opportunity for the Cincinnati Bengals to take a step forward in the NFL postseason picture, as the franchise is riding a seven-game playoff losing streak. The Bengals have lost six straight in the Wild Card round, with defeats in 2005, 2009, and in each of the last four seasons spanning from 2011-2014.

The process of teammates getting comfortable with each other is over and done with, but there’s always an extra chemistry component that can be built upon and the Bengals are hoping something new starts developing in the upcoming set of preseason games. With information on secondary market Bengals tickets provided by RazorGator.com, below are the average ticket prices and get-in prices for their schedule prior to Week 1 of the regular season.

8/14/2015 | Cincinnati Bengals vs. New York Giants | Paul Brown Stadium | Average Price: $87.35 | Get-in Price: $17

8/24/2015 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cincinnati Bengals | Raymond James Stadium | Average Price: $38 | Get-in Price: $4

8/29/2015 | Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago Bears | Paul Brown Stadium | Average Price: $67.61 | Get-in Price: $23

9/3/2015 | Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals | Lucas Oil Stadium | Average Price: $33 | Get-in Price: $4

The Bengals’ preseason opener is their most expensive game during the four-game slate, as they host the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium tomorrow night. The average ticket price is $87.35 with a get-in price of $17. The Bengals then hit the road to play the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Jameis Winston, and the rest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

The most valuable preseason game is in Week 3, when the starting position players from each team usually play the most. It is typical for the starters to come out and play a series or two after halftime to get into that routine again and back into rhythm. The average ticket price for this affair against the Bears is $67.61 with a get-in price of $23.

The preseason finale is surprisingly the Bengals’ least expensive game, as Cincinnati travels to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the Indianapolis Colts. The starters are unlikely to play much in this contest, as both teams are expected to be playoff contenders after both making the postseason again a year ago and don’t want any last-minute injuries before the games start to count. Interestingly, it was Indianapolis that knocked out Cincinnati last year in the Wild Card round.

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Arizona Cardinals Have High Hopes For Season, Low Prices For Preseason Tickets


The Arizona Cardinals will use the 2015 preseason schedule to find out more about their defense that went through some major changes during the offseason. First, they lost the man on the sidelines making the calls, as former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles accepted his first NFL head coaching job with the New York Jets. Secondly, the Cardinals lost Darnell Dockett and Antonio Cromartie, two key members to last season’s strong defensive unit.

But the Cardinals welcome back Carson Palmer, a steadying force at the quarterback position after injuries made last season’s offense hard to watch at times. The preseason will be an opportunity for both units to grow, as they look to earn a spot in the playoffs for the second straight season.

With the action getting underway this weekend, below is secondary market information for Arizona Cardinals tickets provided by RazorGator.com.

8/15/2015 | Arizona Cardinals vs. Kansas City Chiefs | University of Phoenix Stadium | Average Price: $34 | Get-in Price: $4

8/22/2015 | Arizona Cardinals vs. San Diego Chargers | University of Phoenix Stadium | Average Price: $41 | Get-in Price: $5

8/30/2015 | Oakland Raiders vs. Arizona Cardinals | O.co Coliseum | Average Price: $36 | Get-in Price: $7

9/3/2015 | Denver Broncos vs. Arizona Cardinals | Sports Authority Field At Mile High | Average Price: $123.59 | Get-in Price: $32

The Cardinals kick off their preseason with two home games against the Chiefs and Chargers. The second home game against the Chargers clocks in a bit more expensive with an average ticket price of $41, compared to the $34 average ticket price for the Week 1 game against the Chiefs.

With the first two games at home, it’s only obvious that the Cardinals hit the road for the final two preseason games. The game in Oakland is the least expensive road game of the two with an average ticket price of $36 with a cheap get-in price of $7. The last and final game is also the Cardinals’ most expensive, as the average ticket price for entrance into Sports Authority Field At Mile High is $123.59, with a get-in price of $32.

The Cardinals are facing some pretty dynamic quarterback and receiver passing duos in their preseason schedule, which should be useful for a defense that is trying to define a few roles before Week 1 of the regular season rolls around.

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