Power Rankings Kick Off Pro Football Season

Does a Winning City Equal a Winning Football Team? Predicts Season Opener Game Outcomes Based on Strength of the Rental Market

Sep 05, 2013, 05:00 ET from

CHICAGO, Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the 2013-2014 pro football season kicks off, is comparing statistics on the hometowns of top ranked teams, to see if the rental strengths of each city will reflect who comes out on top of heated gridiron rivalries. As odds makers take bets and sports fans crowd into stadiums around the country, pits the hometown cities of top ranked teams against one another on elements including inventory of available apartments and average rent for a one bedroom apartment.

"Each fall, it is a treasured tradition across the country for renters to huddle into the living rooms to hang with friends, munch on party food and sip some cold ones while watching the pigskin fly across the TV screen," says Tammy Kotula, public relations and promotions manager, "As pro football season kicks off, we decided to very unofficially investigate if a correlation exists between strong rental markets and success on the field."

Top city match ups include:

  • San Francisco vs. Green Bay
  • Denver vs. Baltimore
  • New Orleans vs. Atlanta
  • Charlotte vs. Seattle

If the strength of a city is reflected in the strength of its pro football team, here are the predictions for season openers:

Green Bay wins with an average one bedroom rent of $613.52. Even though San Francisco has 34% more apartment inventory, their hefty $2,664.76 average one bedroom apartment rent puts them on the losing end of the coin.

Denver beats Baltimore! Although both cities exceed the national average of one bedroom rents (with Denver at $1,516.69 and Baltimore not far behind at $1,226.36), Denver is an apartment rental powerhouse with nearly three times the available units that Baltimore has.

New Orleans bests Atlanta! Even though Atlanta boasts nine times the number of available units that New Orleans offers, their $1,014.47 one bedroom rent price exceeds the national average. With a low average one bedroom rent of $799.60, New Orleans moves into the winning column.

Charlotte over Seattle! Charlotte's average rent of $877.79 and massive inventory – four times that of Seattle – sealed the deal.

Kotula adds, "We're not saying our method of predicting pro football game outcomes is a sure thing, but it is going to be fun to see how closely the strength of a rental market equates to the strength of its pro football team!"

Methodology evaluated cities based on their inventory of available apartments (, August 2013) and the average rent for a one bedroom apartment in each city (, August 2013). Cities were awarded points for being below the national average rental cost for a one bedroom apartment, and cities lost points if they were above that figure. In addition, cities were awarded points for having a higher inventory of available units.

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