The San Diego Chargers were one of the surprises last NFL season, snagging the final AFC wild card spot with a 9-7 record, and beating the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the playoffs. Quarterback Philip Rivers’ resurgence was a big reason for that turnaround, with new head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt getting a lot of credit for the turnaround. Whisenhunt even parlayed the season into a head coaching opportunity with the Tennessee Titans, his second stint as headman. Today, single-game Chargers tickets went on sale to the general public so we wanted to take a look at secondary market prices for all home games.
Week 2 vs. Seattle Seahawks | Avg. Price: $248.17 | Get-in Price: $74
The defending Super Bowl champs are the first home game for the Chargers, and the game is one of the most expensive on the list. In fact, the only three games to top the $200 average are teams that played in a conference championship last season. The 248.17 average is 17 percent more than the season average, and the get-in price is one of just three games over $60.
Week 4 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars | Avg. Price: $140.72 | Get-in Price: $41
On the other end of the spectrum is the Jacksonville Jaguars, who looked like the worst team in the league, before winning enough to get the third pick in the draft. Not surprisingly the Jaguars are the cheapest game on the schedule in terms of both average price and get-in price. The average price of $140.72 is 34 percent below the season average, and the get-in price is $41.
Week 5 vs. New York Jets | Avg. Price: $193.45 | Get-in Price: $44
The New York Jets were another team to surprise people last season, but their 8-8 record wasn’t good enough to make the postseason. While the Chargers beat the Jets 27-17 the last time the two teams played, the Jets are 2-0 all-time against the Chargers in the postseason. The average price of the game is nine percent below that season average at $193.45 and has a get-in price of $44.
Week 7 vs. Kansas City Chiefs | Avg. Price: $182.43 | Get-in Price: $48
The first home division game of the season is against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers have won the last four games against the Chiefs, including a Week 17 game last season that put the Chargers in the playoffs. But while the get-in price of $48 is a little more than the Jets game, the average price is more than $10 less. At $182.43 tickets are 14 percent below the season average.
Week 11 vs. Oakland Raiders | Avg. Price: $198.44 | Get-in Price: $58
The following home game is another division opponent for the Chargers, and this time it’s the basement-dwelling Oakland Raiders. Armed with the most cap room in the league that Raiders completely remade their team, highlighted by the acquisition of former Texans quarterback, Matt Schaub. The two franchises have an historic rivalry, so despite the Raiders futility this decade, the get-in and average price are easily the most of the non-playoff teams. The average of $198.44 is just seven percent below the season average, and is the fourth-highest figure on this list. The get-in price of $58 is also the fourth-highest figure.
Week 12 vs. St. Louis Rams | Avg. Price: $173.86 | Get-in Price: $43
A week later the St. Louis Rams visit Qualcomm Stadium, for the last game of the season with an average price below $200. The Rams were the worst team in the NFC West, but the other three teams in the division won 10+ games. The Rams should be even better this season, highlighted by a defensive line that features four first-round picks, and last season’s NFC sack leader. Tickets are 18 percent below the season average at $173.86 and the get-in price of $43 is only higher than the game against the Jaguars.
Week 14 New England Patriots | Avg. Price: $296.70 | Get-in Price: $87
At $296.70 the game against the New England Patriots is the most expensive home game for the Chargers. That price is 39 percent over the season average with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick coming to town. In a season where the Patriots looked vulnerable, they earned the AFC’s second seed and made it to the AFC Championship game, losing to a Denver Broncos team that knocked the Chargers out the week before. The get-in price of $87 is also the highest on the Chargers schedule.
Week 15 Denver Broncos | Avg. Price: $288.87 | Get-in Price: $78
The next highest ticket price is the final home game of the season is against the division-rival Broncos. In addition to knocking the Chargers out of the playoffs last season, the Broncos made it to the Super Bowl and feature one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history in Peyton Manning. In the offseason they added stars to their defense in TJ Ward, DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib. Tickets are 36 percent above the season average at $388.87, and the get-in price of $78 is the second-highest figure on the list.