Sorry for the delay, fans. Life gets in the way sometimes...
#16. Jets-Bills: NYJ in all white, BUF in blue/white. Another
invasion of the whites. Only the Bills in blue jerseys and socks saves
this from a total whiteout. I could have stood at least green pants on
the Jets and/or possibly an all blue look for the Bills that would have
catapulted this game to the upper ranks, No, bottom feeder matchup.
#15. Jaguars-Titans: JAX in white/black, TEN in light blue/dark
blue. I know I've come down hard on the Jags for the switch from teal
to black. And, rightfully so. Here, they did the only right thing by
going with black pants instead of white. It still doesn't help much. The
Titans in two-tone blue saves this still mediocre matchup.
#14. Raiders-Chargers: OAK in white/silver, SD in navy/white.
West Coast rivals since 1960, the unis here offer no surprises. Powder
blue by the Chargers would have been a spicy mix, but the Bolts already
met their quota with those earlier. As such, can't really move this up
the Brulia scale that much.
#13. Ravens-Bengals: BAL in all white, CIN in black/white. Lots of white when there could have been lots of black. I would have preferred a more even split of b&w. In particular, the Ravens in black pants. A little purple, some orange, a bit of black and a bunch of white. Meh.
#12. Dolphins-Patriots: MIA in all white, NE in navy/silver.
Another team which kept its dark pants in hiding for 2012, and the
Dolphins really could have used the aqua pants here. But alas, their
unis - like their team - got pounded in this matchup. Pats make the
traditional (at least in the Belichick era) uniform stand up here.
#11. Texans-Colts: HOU in white/dark blue, IND in blue/white.
Lot of blue, straight (IND) and dark (HOU), punctuated by the Texans
bright red numerals. Otherwise, this would have been a rather dull
#10. Panthers-Saints: CAR in all white, NO in all black. Apparently last week's sighting of the Saints in gold pants was a fluke. Would have preferred the gold britches here, but a solid black against a solid white was a little monotone for me.
#9. Rams-Seahawks: STL in all white, SEA in all navy. OK. Not
much could go here. Rams made the right move by going with white pants
as opposed to navy, cuz that would have made for too much deep blue. So,
that scored a few points with me. Seahawks could have made this nicer
with gray pants, but seem determined to make the all navy look THE home
look for 2012.
#8. Browns-Steelers: CLE in all white, PIT in black/yellow. A
matchup worn very frequently since 1968 or so, it hearkens to tradition
and rivalry. It continues here. With orange dominating the Browns via
the helmet and a heavy dose of black on the Steelers, you think of hard,
tough games. And a nice matchup to boot.
#7. Eagles-Giants: PHI in white/green, NYG in blue/gray. No
surprises here, nor should there be. The Eagles, who had flirted with an
all white look a couple of times this season, go back to the right
choice, the green pants. Giants, in their traditional look, make this
one a beauty.
#6. Cardinals-49ers: ARZ in all white, SF in red/gold. For
only the second season since 1989 (2008 being the other) the Cardinals
keep the red pants in the dark. And I think for this particular game, it
was a good move. It would have been too much red. And the Niners red
shirts coupled with the gold pants ratchets up the list on its own.
#5. Cowboys-Redskins: DAL in white/mint, WSH in
burgundy/yellow. If I'm not mistaken, I think the Skins were supposed to
go with the throwback burgundy/khaki uni for this matchup. But with a
winner-take-all event against their arch-rival on the line, I guess
Coach Mike Shanahan wanted the Skins in more contemporary attire. And
this was the right call. The throwbacks would have been eye appealing,
but I certainly understand the motive. Cowboys? Pretty much what we've
said for 14 out of 16 games this season!
#4. Buccaneers-Falcons: TB in white/pewter, ATL in red/white.
The Bucs, kept the white pants in the closet for the full regular season
(excluding the throwbacks, which doesn't really count), and at least
for this game, it was the right move. Paired with the Falcons sweet red
jerseys, this is a boffo matchup.
#3. Bears-Lions: CHI in white/navy, DET in honolulu blue/silver. Nice shades of blue and not too much. Silver helmets and pants. A taste of sweet orange and this, though quite traditional, rings out the year nicely for these two.
#2. Packers-Vikings: GB in whie/yellow, MIN in purple/white. Dang it, I like this baby. Purple in the right dose, Packer green and yellow as perfect trim colors and the right serving of yellow on the Vikes and this is a holiday delight!
#1. Chiefs-Broncos: KC in white/red, DEN in orange/white. Was fearful of a couple of things here...KC in all white, DEN in all navy. Fortunately, very fortunately, neither happened. Chiefs wore the all white only once this season (once too many for me), and the Broncos switch back to orange full-time this season shows what a shame it was for all these years (since 1997) to wear blue instead of orange. So, this was the best possible matchup and it was indeed, a very good thing.
That wraps up the regular season, matchup wise. We'll be back for Wild Card Weekend. See you then!
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