The Cincinnati Bengals enter their week 15 Thursday Night Football matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles with their backs against the wall, but still retain a good shot at obtaining a wild card spot for the NFL playoffs. It won’t be an easy task against an Eagles team that played spirited football in a last second win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 14, however.
While this one carries a ton of weight for the AFC playoff picture, it’s somewhat understandable that Bengals @ Eagles tickets are averaging just $103, with a get-in price of just $25. A lot of that has to do with the Eagles, as they’ve been eliminated from the NFC playoff picture, and don’t have a whole lot to play for. Not surprisingly, this is Philly’s second cheapest home game of the year (behind only a date with the Panthers in November), while the playoffs still being in sight helps this one go for Cincy’s fourth most expensive road contest of 2012, and 31% below the average price for Cincinnati Bengals ticketson the road.
Fortunately, for the Bengals, they’ve found success against the NFC East this year, as they topped the defending Super Bowl champion Giants, and lost by just one point to the Cowboys last week. They’ll also face a rookie quarterback in Nick Foles, and their balanced defense should have a leg up. Also working in their favor is the matchup, as the Eagles haven’t been scary on defense at all this year, and the Bengals have been quite explosive on offense with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green leading the way. In fact, had it not been for a few uncharacteristic drops by Green against Dallas, the Bengals could easily enter this week’s battle at 8-5.
While it looks bleak with the Bengals at 7-6 and waging war on the battle against a team with nothing to lose, Cincinnati can’t get too down with the playoffs still being a reality. With the Steelers and Ravens both losing in week 14, it’s still not out of the realm of possibility for the Bengals to win out and claim the AFC North division. But before they do that, they’ll have to march into the city of brotherly love and take care of business.
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