If fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers were asked three weeks ago if they would be excited about playing a Andrew Luck-less Indianapolis Colts, it would’ve been difficult to find someone feeling any other way. Today, the answer may be very different to the same question.
With Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback, the Colts have ripped off three-straight wins against the Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the Steelers and Colts both at 6-5, Indianapolis almost seems more dangerous than they did without Luck.
It’s a crucial game, as the AFC North division race is all but wrapped up already by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers are playing for an AFC Wild Card position and are jumbled with the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills and of course, the Colts.
Usually the Colts are running away with the AFC South, which would benefit Pittsburgh, but that isn’t the case this season with their slow start.
Surprisingly, Steelers tickets on the secondary market are smack in the middle of home teams in Week 13 with such an important game on deck. According to SeatSmart.com, tickets to see the Colts have an average price of $116.16 with a get-in price of $39. The average price has been declining for the majority of November and has taken an even sharper decline for the few days in December. On November 1st the average price was $185.38 and by December 1st it dropped to $133.74 and continues to show signs of decreasing.
For those wanting the least expensive trip to the stadium, ParkWhiz.com has Heinz Field parking deals starting from $12 with five different locations.
It’s been an impressive performance by the Steelers thus far for the season, working around injuries to major pieces en route to their current 6-5 record. Including last week’s game against the Seahawks in Seattle, Pittsburgh is going through a vital four-game stretch against four probable playoff teams, capped off with two division rivals at the end. After Sunday Night Football against the Colts, the Steelers have to travel to play the Bengals, host the Broncos and then play both the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns on the road.