Ravens-Redskins game is Week 14's top ticket

Rob Carr

Redskins will host their closest geographical rival, driving prices up to an average of $367 according to TiqIQ.

The NFL is a crazy machine. Each week things get a little more distorted and we're not sure what to make of the league's landscape, yet the insanity simply keeps on going. It's not different heading into week 14, as the New York Giants try to avoid letting the NFC East slip out of their grasp, while Bears and Vikings are set to duke it out to keep pace with the first place Packers in the NFC North.

Naturally, the Giants, Bears and Vikings all have a spot in our week 14 top five priced games, along with some other deserving squads. Check out the rest of the list as we breakdown this week's most expensive NFL contests:

1. Ravens @ Redskins Avg: $367 | Get-in: $149 | Weekly Trend: +32%

Just under the Giants/Saints game is a battle between the NFC North-leading Ravens and the Redskins, obviously headlined by sensational rookie Robert Griffin III. RG3 and his ‘Skins are fresh off of a huge Monday Night Football win over the Giants, and host the 9-3 Ravens.

Baltimore will be traveling on the road without three key defensive starters (Terrell Suggs was just added to the list), and will be going up against a spirited Redskins defense, as well as RG3 and an explosive Washington offense. It's a matchup that holds major ramifications for both teams, and should easily live up to the hype and price tag.

If Washington continues their roll, they could potentially be sitting in first place in the NFC East by week's end, while another loss for Baltimore could mean a loosening grip on the NFC North. Needless to say, this is easily the hottest ticket of week 14. This game is also the Skin's second most expensive home game of the year (behind a December 30th battle with Dallas). Although, with ticket prices on the rise we won't be surprised if this is the most expensive by the time Sunday rolls around. With an average price of $367/seat, prices are 95% higher than the average price ofWashington Redskins tickets this season.

2. Saints @ Giants Avg: $310 | Get-in: $120 | Weekly Trend: -21%

The New York Giants are no stranger to our weekly top five column, and it's once again no shock that they take in the top spot. Not only do they demand quite the draw as defending Super Bowl champs at home, but also they face the high-powered Saints in a crucial must-win game needed to hold onto first place in the NFC East.

Drew Brees has been in the news for his five-interception game in week 13, and he and his Saints enter New York with their season on the line at 5-7. Both teams absolutely need a win, which added with the offensive potential from both sides, and when you factor in all the big names and the playoff ramifications, this one rightfully comes in as the 2nd most expensive game of the week. It's also 54% more expensive than the last time these two teams waged war.

Currently, tickets are averaging $310/seat, which is actually 4% below the average price of New York Giants tickets this season and surprisingly comes in as their fourth cheapest home game of the year. On the other hand, this is the most expensive road game of the season for the disappointing Saints.

3. Bears @ Vikings Avg: $291 | Get-in: $120 | Weekly Trend: -5%

The Bears and Vikings both blew it in week 13, as Chicago dropped out of first place in the NFC North with a loss to Seattle, and Minnesota passed up a 7-5 record with a loss at Green Bay. With that said, this is a huge game for both teams, as Chicago can get back into first with a win and a Packers' loss, while Minnesota can get right back into the mix with a win over Chicago.

Even without the divisional and playoff ramifications, this is at it's worst a heated division rivalry with loads of history. Not surprisingly, this game is Minnesota's most expensive of 2012, and Chicago's fourth most expensive road game. In fact, this matchup is up a whopping 136% from their 2011 meeting in Minnesota, and 46% more expensive then 2010. With this game's average sitting at $291/seat, prices are 64% above the average price of Minnesota Vikings tickets this season.

While Adrian Peterson is the big draw here, this one is ultimately going to come down to how much of a difference-maker Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder can be. Ponder has struggled mightily over the past several weeks, and could have his work cut out for him against an aggressive Bears defense. Chicago will be without star middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, but will undoubtedly still give Minnesota all they can handle on the road.

4. Texans @ Patriots Avg: $251 | Get-in: $79 | Weekly Trend: -6%

The Patriots (9-3) and Texans (11-1) aren't a shock to make our top-five list, but one could argue that they should be much, much higher. This is a clear deal for New England and Houston fans alike, as the AFC's top two teams square off on Monday Night Football.

The battle for the number one seed and home field advantage starts in week 14, making this game an easy call for our top-five list. Needless to say, it's a downright shock that this one is actually New England's fourth cheapest home contest of the season and only Houston's fourth most expensive road game. With an average price of $251/seat prices for this one are also 12% below the average price of New England Patriots tickets this season.

Fans are getting an absolute steal with Tom Brady and co. hosting a balanced Texans defense, which is backed by Arian Foster and an equally balanced Houston offense. Houston holds the edge in terms of record going into this one, but a loss to New England could put them in serious danger of losing the top seed. At the very least, NFL fans should get a classic come the final matchup of the week in week 14.

5. Dolphins @ 49ers Avg: $245 | Get-in: $132 | Weekly Trend: -7%

I mean no knock toward Miami, but this one is all about Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers. San Francisco sits atop the NFC West at 8-3-1, but needs to get back on a winning roll with the Seahawks nipping at their heels at 7-5. Miami won't be in contention for the AFC East at 5-7, but still brings a tough team to the table and isn't mathematically eliminated yet from the AFC wild card.

After dropping his first start as the unquestioned starting quarterback in the Bay Area, all eyes will be on Kaepernick at home in this one, and he won't have it easy against a very solid Dolphins defense. At $245/seat on average prices are15% above the average for San Francisco 49ers tickets this season. The game is also San Fran's fourth priciest home game, as well as Miami's third most expensive road game of the season.

Miami could play spoiler and continue their bid for one of the two wild card spots in week 14, but it should prove to be difficult against a more dynamic 49ers offense, which is backed by a still elite defense at home.

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