After a string of eight wins in a row, the Carolina Panthers had an opportunity to capture the lead in the NFC South last week, but fell short. The upsetting, but not an upset, 31-13 loss to the Saints seems to have left a sour taste in some Panthers fans’ mouths. Since the loss on Sunday night, the average ticket price for Carolina’s upcoming home game against the New York Jets has dropped 27%. The Jets have not been particularly good this season, but the 27% decrease during the week is mostly a result of the uncompetitive Saints game.
Jets tickets on Sunday have an average price of $123 and a “get-in” price of $43. The average price for this game is 21% below the average Panthers home game of the season. This drop in price could also be Panthers fans saving up for next week’s game when the Saints come to Carolina to face the Panthers for the second time in three weeks.
There’s still a possibility for Carolina to win the division, but they need some help. Before the Panthers can worry about the Saints, they need to get through the Jets this weekend. The Jets will also be trying to improve their chances of making the playoffs, as they are one of the half dozen teams still trying to get into the last playoff spot in the AFC.
The Panthers should be able to handle the Jets with their defense. They are holding opponents to just 14.5 points per game, while the Jets offense is only scoring 17.4 points per game – second lowest in the league.
Carolina has only one home game remaining after this contest, which is against the Saints. Since it looks like the Panthers will be a Wild Card team in the playoffs, meaning no home game, and the tickets against the Saints next week could be well above average, the Jets game could be the last chance for fans to see the Panthers for a relatively low price.