Nov 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko (94) is congratulated by fans at the end of the game against the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Giants 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
There are a lot of storylines in the NFL worth hyping up this week, but few will rival Carson Palmer returning to Cincinnati for Bengals fans. Palmer marches his 3-7 high-flying Raiders into town against his former team, who sit at 5-5 after winning two straight.
While Palmer vs. the Bengals is a cool story, Cincinnati should have the Raiders looking over-matched. Due to there being little other than the Palmer storyline to hype this one up, it’s no shock that tickets are going at $108 on average, just 2% above the average price for Bengals tickets this year. In fact, this comes in as Cincy’s fourth cheapest home game of the year, as well as the fourth cheapest overall NFL contest of week 12. It also happens to be Oakland’s second cheapest road contest, behind only a September matchup with the Dolphins. If you’re looking for a bargain, tickets can still be had for as low as $42, with many available for $50 or less.
The ticket prices this week don’t show it this week, but this is going to be a shootout backed by pure emotion. Palmer was traded away from the Bengals last year and will face off against Cincy’s new franchise passer, Andy Dalton. The Bengals and Raiders both lean on their quarterbacks for offensive production, and that should be the case even more so for the Raiders with running back Darren McFadden still out (ankle).
The Bengals arguably hold the edge in every facet of the game against Oakland, and will attempt to make Palmer’s homecoming one he’d rather forget.
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