Change has come in Chicago. The Bears have seen head coach Lovie Smith and GM Jerry Angelo get pink slips, while long-time inside linebacker Brian Urlacher wasn’t welcomed back and ended up retiring.
Things look a little different now that offensive-minded head coach Marc Trestman is in place, but quarterback Jay Cutler and the rest of the Bears are hoping change is a positive. Which is certainly possible considering the team is still loaded with talent and just barely missed the playoffs in 2012 finishing with a solid 10-6 record.
While everything looks good on paper, a return trip to the playoffs will need a good showing in the NFC North. TiqIQ breaks down Chicago’s journey in 2013 by taking a look prices for Chicago Bears tickets for their six divisional games:
Divisional Home Games
(9/15) vs. Minnesota Vikings | Avg: $438 | Get-in: $135
We get things started with an early September duel with the Vikings, which actually perfectly matches Chicago’s home game ticket average of $438. It’s a steep price, but it’s never cheap to see Adrian Peterson in the flesh, let alone a rivalry this heated and competitive. It should be a classic showdown.
(11/10) vs. Detroit Lions | Avg: $394 | Get-in: $116
Chicago’s least expensive home divisional game of the year is Detroit, which is still highly priced at $394 on average. Needless to say, Chicago loves their Bears and none of these division matchups are expected to be cakewalks or bore fests. The Bears will have all they can handle with a potentially more balanced Lions attack, but the oddsmakers still have to like them in this one at home.
(12/29) vs. Green Bay Packers | Avg: $481 | Get-in: $163
Last, but certainly not least, is the epic battle in late December with the Packers. This one comes in as Chicago’s priciest home divisional game of the year, and for good reason: it could mean a winner take all clash for the division and/or a playoff spot.
Divisional Road Games
(9/29) @ Detroit Lions | Avg: $151 | Get-in: $41
The high-flying Lions welcome the Bears in late September, as both teams try to set the tone for the remainder of the 2013 season. Both teams have tons of talent and this one could easily turn into a high-scoring shootout. Considering it’s $243 cheaper than the meeting in Chicago, both sides are getting a major steal.
(11/4) @ Green Bay Packers | Avg: $349 | Get-in: $174
Meeting one with Green Bay comes in Lambeau, where the price is a little more reasonable but clearly shows this is still a matchup worth it’s weight in gold. The Bears haven’t had much success in Lambeau recently, but this one still figures to go down to the wire.
(12/1) @ Minnesota Vikings | Avg: $154 | Get-in: $44
The second meeting with the Vikings is disgustingly cheap compared to the one in Chicago, so this one is worth the travel for Chicago fans. The Bears will see Peterson at his best on the turf, while the December meeting could play a hand in the division and playoff standings.