Week 1, 2014 Weekly Uniform Rankings

By Tim Brulia

OK, time for your favorite thing, Timmy B's weekly NFL rankings. As always, my opinions are strictly my own and do not necessarily represent those of my fellow GUDdiees, Bill or Rob. These opinions are basically done on the fly and I may think differently a day or two later. As in the past, the traditions don't matter near as much to me as the colors, the more colors, the more likely I bump the rank of the matchup. Please don't look for consistency, because you won't find it here. The rankings are meant fully for fun and really, if you take offense, seek shelter immediately!!

Here we go:

16) Raiders-Jets: OAK in black/silver, NYJ in white/white. Sorry, me no like. Raiders do salvage this from the heap with the silver and black, but the Jets head to ankle in white is a look I am not fond of at all. No green pants, no green socks, just a white overload. Bah, humbug.

15) Patriots-Dolphins: NE in navy/silver. MIA in white/white. Ummm, not a fan, The Dolphins in all white is not all right. Pats outfit is fine, with the navy, silver and a hint of red. Miami in loads of white, some aqua and a breath of orange, nah.

14) Jaguars-Eagles: JAX in black/black, PHI in white/white. By now you may have heard that the Eagles won't have their green jerseys ready util well into the season due to the difficulty in getting the shade of green right by the Eagles and the NFL. So, the Eagles go all white. The Jaguars, surprisingly, by-pass the white pants for an all ebony look. I can't get my arms around the starkness of the unis.

13) Bills-Bears: BUF in white/white, CHI in navy/white. Several years ago, the Bears started off their home games with white, a pleasant change from the norm. The Bills have a gorgeous set of blue pants that can and should be worn with the white jerseys. Alas, no such luck here. Too much white here and thus the lower level for this matchup.

12) Chargers-Cardinals: SD in white/navy, ARZ in red/white. Open question: Most of us yearn for the powder blue jerseys for the Bolts. What about powder pants?? Anyway, this all-white helmet affair offers red, navy, yellow and bits of powder blue and black. Rather average to me.

11) Colts-Broncos: IND in white/white, DEN in orange/white. While many dig the Colts minimal look, I am not aligned in the dig category. I'd love a blue pair of pants to add pizzazz to this stark, bur quite traditional look. The Broncos, still look wonderful in the orange jerseys, trimmed in blue and white. They, the Broncos, save this matchup.

10) Vikings-Rams: MIN in white/purple, STL in navy/navy. Always take a shine to the Vikes purple trousers. Not quite so much for the all navy Rams look, Desperately need a return of the gold bottoms for the Rams. An overload of dark stuff here.

9) 49ers-Cowboys: SF in red/gold, DAL in white/mint. ....annnnnnd yet another season of the JonesBoys in their 50 shades of blue. The Niners in the dependable red and gold look featuring the hacked up sleeve stripes. It adds up to a nice matchup but not much more than that.

8) Bengals-Ravens: CIN in black/white, BAL in white/white. It's early, so the Ravens take a turn in white at home (WAH). And another game where if one or the other team (but not both) whipped out their black pants, it would have scored a few brownie (blackie?) points with me. No dice. And a below the bar matchup.

7) Titans-Chiefs: TEN in white/navy, KC in red/white. One year ago, for their home opener, the Chiefs stunned the uni world with a red-red stunner that dropped my jaw in delight. This week, the Chiefs stay rock rigid with the traditional red over white. Couple with the efficient white over navy of the Titans, that's not a bad thing. I'm fond of this matchup.

6) Packers-Seahawks: GB in white/yellow, SEA in navy/navy. The season's lid lifter features two strong identities. 20th century against 21st century. The yellows and greens bounce off well against the navy and wolf gray, but not so much against the lime greens.

5) Browns-Steelers: CLE in white/brown, PIT in black/yellow. Traditional rivals, for the most part, in traditional garb. But the Browns did grace our presence with the straight brown pants. The brown pants do offend most, but not me. Just wish the pants had some stripes gracing the sides. A nice batch of colors.

4) Giants-Lions: NYG in white/gray, DET in honolulu blue/silver. Nothing major, but I do find this matchup rather appealing for some reason. Both teams busted out patches; Giants for their 90th season and Lions with a William Clay Ford memorial. Maybe the red, the blue and the glorious honolulu makes this a pleasant matchup.

3) Saints-Falcons: NO in white/gold, ATL in red/white. Kissing cousins from the south, black is a common denominator for these two, but apart from from the Falcons helmet, the darkness is kept to a minimum. No black jerseys, no black pants, just a lot of red and gold, with black just there to compliment. As a result, this works nicely.

2) Panthers-Buccaneers: CAR in light blue/silver (alternate), TB in white/pewter. This one rocks. The Bucs, the lone changer of uniforms for 2014, with the grossly oversized helmet logos and the alarm clock number font, meet the Panthers in their classy carolina blue alternates with the silver bottoms. While the Bucs have a very busy look, it is distinctive and I admit to enjoying it. The Panthers in a jersey that I dearly wish would be the first choice and I heartily thumbs up this one.

1) Redskins-Texans: WSH in burgundy/yellow, HOU in white/white. Texans usually start their home schedule in all white and such was the case in 2014. The Redskins respond with the cracking but terribly inconsistent striped burgundy-yellow combo. From a color perspective, with navy, red, yellow and burgundy, this is a sweet looker.

That's a wrap for Kickoff Week, 2014. Be here next week!

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