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Eagles vs. Rams 2017: Sunday in LA is most demanded ticket of decade between teams

Todd Gurley said last season was a nightmare for the Rams.

Maybe the Los Angeles Rams really are Hollywood.

After a dismal first season back in Los Angeles in 2016 following a 20-year stint in St. Louis, the Rams are among the hottest teams in the NFL – and this weekend, they’ll host another of the league’s best.

When the Los Angeles Rams (9-3, leading the NFC West) welcome the Philadelphia Eagles (10-2, leading NFC East) on Sunday, a ticket to the game will be among the most expensive at the Los Angeles Coliseum this season, and the most expensive in the teams’ last three meetings. At a current asking price of $332 on TicketIQ, the cost to get into the game is nearly double the average price ($177) for this season’s previous 12 games at the Coliseum. And it blows away the cost to see the teams’ last two matchups – the average price for the 2014 Rams at Eagles game was $181 and the average for the 2011 meeting in St. Louis was $155.

The game has plenty to offer. Besides pitting the top two quarterbacks in the 2016 draft, the Eagles have the third-best offense in terms of yards gained (385.1) while the Rams are just a step behind, collecting an average of 372.7 yards per game. Both teams have scored 361 points through 12 games and are just about level on every other offensive stat. Former No. 1 pick Jared Goff (Rams) and No. 2 pick Carson Wentz will meet for the first time.

It’s on defense that Philadelphia holds a clear advantage – the Eagles lead the NFL rushing yards allowed (68.1 per game) and are third in overall defense, allowing just 293.2 yards per game. The Rams aren’t in the Top 10 in either category.

If you’re an Eagles fan, there’s still time to snag a flight – roundtrip airfare of $285 is available through Priceline’s Express Deal and a 3-star hotel runs about $79. But whether you’re cheering for the Rams or the Eagles, TicketIQ can help sate your desire for a seat at the game. As of Thursday, tickets ranged in price from $221-$876 and among TicketIQ’s Low Price Guarantee listings, a seat in the upper deck of the end zone in section 14L was available for $242 or a if you’ve got the big bucks, seats in the lower bowl, Section 22H, Row 81 behind the Eagles sideline, were available for $384.

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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