You may have heard, football and food lovers, of our Stadium Food Power Rankings series, the battle to find out which NFL teams have the best stadium food. Instead of a coin toss, we're flipping burgers. Instead of flags, we're counting health code violations. And instead of referees... well, there's us.
Each week we feature at least one marquee matchup of two NFL rivals. Prior to game day, we assess the food offerings available at each team's stadium, measure them against a select list of criteria, and decide which franchise does a better job of keeping their fans satisfied… gastronomically speaking.
So far, our results have matched up with the games' three out of four times. In our first matchup, we pitted the Indianapolis Colts against the Tennessee Titans, naming the Colts as the food winner and predicting they would win the game as well (correct!). Our next matchup, the Denver Broncos against the Cincinnati Bengals, was another winning prediction, with the Broncos finishing in the lead in both food and points. This past week we featured two games, resulting in one win and one loss in our gastronomic assumptions — and surprising ones at that. The food delicacies of the New Orleans region brought out a victory over the undefeated Atlanta Falcons (and they won on the field as well), however the Detroit Lions, who we didn’t dare doubt, ended up with loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
This week, we again feature two marquee matchups, highlighting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' game against the Carolina Panthers, as well as the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Houston Texans. Stay tuned for who we think will take the wins this week.
And don’t forget to give us feedback! We’re judging based on the following criteria, and we take our food matchups seriously: Unique Items/ Variety/Presentation; Cleanliness/Preparation/Health Code Violations; Allergy-Minded Options; Healthy/Organic Options; and Most Popular Items.
Also, don’t forget to look out for our Thanksgiving Day matchup, the New England Patriots versus the New York Jets.
Tyler Sullivan is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on twitter @atylersullivan.