Dec 16, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans outside linebacker Connor Barwin (98) and defensive end J.J. Watt (99) wait for a play against the Indianapolis Colts during the third quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 29-17. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Texans made the playoffs for the second time in the past two seasons, and for the second time in two seasons, also advanced in post-season play. There was talk about a run at 16-0 at one point in 2012, and while that didn’t happen, a fully healthy and improved Houston team is now strongly gunning for the Super Bowl in 2013.
Needless to say, there are gaudy expectations in Houston this season, and fans will have to pay a hefty price of $251 on average at home to see their favorite team play. That sounds about right, too, as the Texans are still the class of the AFC South and should once again vie for a playoff spot – if not a first round bye, as well.
To get a better idea of what we can expect out of the Texans in 2013, let’s dive in.
- (9/15) vs. Tennessee Titans | Avg: $217 | Get-in: $72
The Titans provide a solid offense and could shock some people, but this is likely a win. After all, it’s Houston’s home opener. Even so, it’s 14% below their home game season average, so fans are getting an arguable deal and a potential shootout.
- (11/3) vs. Indianapolis Colts | Avg: $266 | Get-in: $77
Houston’s most expensive home game inside the division naturally comes against Andrew Luck and the Colts, who are their biggest threat for the AFC South crown. This one could easily go either way, but we’ll give the slight odds to the Texans, who are at home. It seems a tad pricey, but it’s actually only 6% more expensive than Houston’s home game average, which is a little surprising for how big of a game it really is.
- (11/24) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars | Avg: $173 | $50
The Jaguars come in as Houston’s cheapest home division game, which only makes sense. Jacksonville did push them to the brink in 2012, but it’s not too likely they do it again in 2013. Either way, it’s a very good price at just $173, which is good for an incredible 31% below Houston’s home game season average.
- (12/5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars | Avg: $129 | Get-in: $40
The first of three December road games inside the division, this matchup with the Jaguars should prove to be the easiest. It could be a little more difficult on the road, but it’s doubtful the Texans let one slip away against such an inferior squad. Look for them to complete the season sweep.
- (12/15) @ Indianapolis Colts | Avg: $169 | Get-in: $47
Houston’s next stop inside the division come in Indy, who will be ready and willing to take down the Texans. Andrew Luck and co. remain Houston’s main competition in the AFC South, and probably have better odds at stopping Houston in their own stadium. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but with this matchup significantly cheaper than the one in Houston, fans are getting a nice bargain.
- (12/29) @ Tennessee Titans | Avg: $124 | Get-in: $23
Houston’s season finale isn’t a lock to hold playoff implications for both teams involved, but it’s still a divisional battle and the Titans
should prove to be a tougher out on the road. It’s a great value at just $124 on average, which is almost half of what Texans fans pay to see games in Houston. It’s a likely win for the Texans, but it could be closer than many expect.