2021 NFL Week 1 Top Games Ranked By Ticket Interest
Photo by Harry How/Getty Images. Pictured: Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
With the NFL schedule out, we got in touch with ticket brokers to see which games will be the hottest ticket come Week 1.
The full Week 1 lineup is here. But we only ranked the top eight games because every other one seemed like it would generate face value or below.
1. Cowboys @ Buccaneers
Tom Brady won the Super Bowl, Gronk is back and Dak Prescott returns. We should add it’s in Florida, so if there’s any limitations with COVID, it likely won’t be there!
2. Ravens @ Raiders
Lamar Jackson at the helm for the Ravens in Sin City, which will truly shine for the first time in its new stadium that got sidelined last season. Plus, Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football. It’s gonna be Spider Y Bananas!
3. Browns @ Chiefs
We know the Chiefs are real, but is this Year 2 of the Browns being for real? With Odell Beckham Jr. back and a strong draft, there are high hopes in Cleveland. Arrowhead will be ready for a revenge tour following the Super Bowl loss.
4. Bears @ Rams
Time to feature the other stadium that got jobbed last year — Sofi. More beauty than Allegiant in Vegas — and it better shine under the Sunday Night Football lights for $5 billion.
5. Steelers @ Bills
The Bills Mafia arguably missed last year the most, given their year and how rabid they are. Plus, it’s probably Big Ben’s last go around.
6. Packers @ Saints
It’s not Aaron Rodgers vs. Drew Brees. It’s definitely not Brees and it might not be Aaron Rodgers, if Rodgers has his say. So is a possible Drew Lock versus Jameis Winston really the fifth-best ticket? At least there’s a ton of intrigue.
7. Cardinals @ Titans
Can the Cardinals put it together as Houston West with another year of De’Andre Hopkins and the debut of J.J. Watt? High hopes again for Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill and crew who ducked out of the playoffs in disappointing fashion?
8. Jets @ Panthers
It’s getting ugly after No. 7. But we’ll do this one because it’s going to be a real interesting battle. Jets rookie draft pick Zach Wilson going up against the guy he replaced in Sam Darnold.