May 23, 2013; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) prepares to throw the ball during organized team activities at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Redskins Outlook: Highest Priced and Best Valued Home Games

The Washington Redskins are relevant again, and it shows. Obviously having a competent quarterback can change your fortunes. But the ‘Skins have Robert Griffin III – one of the most electrifying quarterbacks in the entire league.

With the team winning it’s final seven games in 2012 and claiming the NFC East and a playoff spot, RG3 has helped put Washington back on the map in pro football. And with that, Redskins’ tickets have jumped 34% in price, up to $220 per ticket on average, from $164 in 2012.

The reason is simple: the Redskins play an exciting brand of football, and they’re winning games. It’s an exciting time, to be sure, but Washington fans also know that for the good times to keep on coming, RG3’s recovery from a devastating playoff knee injury needs to have him back for the start of the season. And not just back on the field – but back to normal.

However, until RG3 is on the shelf for sure, the Redskins ticket prices will continue to rise, as Washington fans have every reason to expect their team to compete for the division crown and a playoff spot once again in 2013.

Let’s dig a little deeper and analyze Washington’s top-priced home games of 2013:

  • (12/22) vs. Dallas Cowboys | Avg: $301 | Get-in: $63

This game is #1 on this list for several reasons. First off, this is the biggest rivalry for either team and would draw a big price even if both teams weren’t serious playoff contenders. That’s how deep the hatred runs. But on top of that, you have the drama from last season’s division/playoff-deciding finale, as well as the shootout we were all blessed with in RG3’s first-ever Cowboys matchup. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s the last home game of the year for Washington, as well as the second to last game of the season. Game number three between RG3 and Tony Romo isn’t likely to disappoint, while the get-in price is beyond reasonable.

  • (11/25) vs. San Francisco 49ers | Avg: $262 | $47

The reigning NFC champs come to take care of business in this matchup, which is so full of athleticism and talent, it’s not even money. Provided RG3 is healthy and ready to rock and roll, he’ll battle the equally athletic and talented Colin Kaepernick. Not only should both teams be jockeying for playoff positioning at this point in late November, but both of their explosive read-option offenses will be on fully display.

  • (10/20) vs. Chicago Bears | Avg: $247 | Get-in: $45

The Bears lost Brian Urlacher and head coach Lovie Smith, but they’re still a huge draw for any team. They’ll be an interesting matchup for RG3 and the pistol formation, as it’ll be a nice early season test to see if Mike Shanahan’s offensive wizardry can keep on making spells that work. I believe it/he can, and so can RG3. With that said, this could be a classic to look back on with RG3 and the controversial Jay Cutler facing off.

Redskins Top Value Games For 2013

  • (9/22) – Detroit Lions

The Lions coming to town is one of the weaker matchups for the Redskins at home in 2013. Detroit was just 4-12 last year and has been in the playoffs just once in the past decade. It’s early in the year, too, which could mean no RG3, depending on how his recovery goes. Still, Detroit packs a punch offensively and could make this an interesting contest, with or without RG3 under center.

  • (12/8) – Kansas City Chiefs

Washington’s date with the Chiefs comes late in the year, so there should be little concern about RG3 being under center or not. This one should be on the cheaper side due to the Chiefs not being the most talented team from top to bottom, in addition to being 2-14 a year ago. They’ll be better this year, but they’re coming into Washington and have to be looked at as a much inferior squad. The Redskins get the nod in what should be their cheapest home game of the year.

You can talk all day, but Washington’s 2013 season is ultimately all about RG3. Is he going to be ready for week one? Will the Redskins rush him back too soon? Will he be the same player? These questions will all be answered with time, and if they’re positive answers, the Redskins will once again be in contention for the division and a playoff spot.

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