Week 3 2015 Weekly Uniform Rankings

by Tim Brulia

16) Eagles-Jets: PHI in green/white, NYJ in white/white. While it's nice to see the Eagles in green for the first time this season, it is truly horrible to see the Jets in a literal white from head to toe capacity. The Jets decided to go with white cleats and it just doesn't work for me. Ew.

15) Titans-Colts: TEN in white/navy, IND in blue/white. Thee's not much more that could be done here. Various shades of blue with only a touch of red to break up a bit of a color monopoly/monotony.

14) Bears-Seahawks: CHI in white/navy, SEA in navy/navy. Way too much navy gravy here. I would have loved the Seahawks in gray pants in this one. Orange, lime green and a dash of gray help, but only a little.

13) Jaguars-Patiots: JAX in white/black, NE in navy/silver. This one just does not get my love. I think the Jags in all white would have boosted my metabolism, but it holds its own. Not much else to say.

12) Raiders-Browns: OAK in white/silver, CLE in brown/brown. Traditionalists continue to cringe over the Browns remake this season. I am not, but until the Browns do something about the hard-to-see orange numbers on the brown jersey, their (brown jersey) matchups will score low. Playing the Raiders in their dull white over silver doesn't help matters here.

11) Bills-Dolphins: BUF in blue/white, MIA in white/white. Hearken back to the 1992 AFC Championship Game. Bills in red helmets, Dolphins in aqua pants. A wonderful display of color. Both now replaced by white. Sigh. Next, please.
1992 AFC Championship game matchup.

10) Bengals-Ravens: CIN in white/black, BAL in purple/white. Socks can be crucial. And here, it is. This is a nice enough matchup, but IF the Bengals had been wise and break out their orange socks instead of the black hose, a major vault of the rankings would this one go. Nah. And too bad. This is colorful enough, but not as good as it could have been.

9) Broncos-Lions: DEN in white/white, DET in honolulu blue/silver. While the Lions unis are great as a standalone, the Broncos in all white is helped some by the Lions' grace. Y'know, I'd like to see the Broncs pull off white over navy. True, the side panels would be a mis-match (navy then orange), but it would perk things up a bit for a lacklusterish uni.

8) Buccaneers-Texans: TB in white/pewter, HOU in navy/white. Bucs, one thing. You have red socks in your arsenal. Use them!! The pewter dominated accessories take away from a potentially very colorful uni. Texans in the respectful navy over white combo with a little red saves this one a tad.

7) Saints-Panthers: NO in black/gold, CAR in white/white. The Saints deserve a hug for keeping the all black look shelved. Gives a bit of a sparkle with the gold pants against a somewhat black dominated trim of the Panthers with the sweet carolina blues.

6) 49ers-Cardinals: SF in white/gold, ARI in red/white. The unis may have changed through the years, but the basics of this one goes back over 50 years. An abundance of red, kept from overflowing by the Cards white pants. The 49er gold are a good accent to this encounter.

5) Chargers-Vikings: SD in white/navy, MIN in purple/white. Love the contasts. white helmet/purple helmet. White jersey/purple jersey. Navy pants/purple pants. Nice helmet logos, and good modern 21st Century graphics. I like it.

4) Redskins-Giants: WSH in white/yellow, NYG in blue/white. We were told at the beginning of the season that the NFL was "encouraging" teams to go color vs. color for Thursday Night Football. This would have been an ideal matchup for such an occasion. Alas, the Redskins decided to forego what could have been a glorious burgundy vs. blue game. Still, this wasn't all that bad. The Giants decided to rock their white pants for the first time this season. I like the white pants with the blue jerseys. Gives off a clean, sharp vibe and goes well against the white and yellow and burgundy lid.

3) Steelers-Rams: PIT in white/yellow, STL in navy/white. The Rams make the right move to go with white pants against the traditional white over yellow Steelers garb. It makes the entire upper body of the Rams shine bright. A well above average matchup.

2) Falcons-Cowboys: ATL in red/white, DAL in white/mint. I can't describe my enjoyment of the Falcons in a black helmet, red jersey and white pants and red socks. I just dig it. And it seems to blend very well with the Cowboys fifty shades of blue outfit.

1) Chiefs-Packers: KC in white/red, GB in green/yellow. This just looks glorious. Two of the better unis getting together for a Monday night. Perhaps a bit of yellow dominance, but with red and green to dominate, what's not to like here? Boffo!

That's all for this week. Back atcha for Week 4 next time. Bye!

1 comment:

  1. My turn. First, the dollops of Daisy.

    PHI-NYJ: Dear Jets - you already had WAH in your home opener. You disappointed me by doing it again. I thought I would have seen Philly in their green helmets and white on white against you in your white-green-white (helmets-jerseys-pants) look. But you ruined it.

    WAS-NYG: sorry - as I said last year, I want the Giants unis to remind me of Gifford, Katcavage, Robustelli, Grier, and Huff. Not Tarkenton, Tucker Frederickson, Ron Johnson and Spider Lockhart. Had they worn their gray pants like they were supposed to, this would have been a top 5 game easily.

    NO-CAR: Had this game been in the Big Easy, it would have been a big easy top 5.

    PIT-STL: I need to find out which games the Rams will wear their throwbacks.

    BUF-MIA: the Hurricanes wear their dark jerseys in the afternoon in bright sunshine in September on Saturdays. Why can't the Dolphins on Sundays?

    JAX-NE: I just don't like the Jaguars' black pants.

    CIN-BAL: Bengals in black pants? As Dikembe Mutombo would say, with a finger wag "No! No! No!"

    OAK-CLE: If Cleveland had a brown instead of an orange helmet, I would almost expect to hear in a high-pitched voice "Hidey ho!" - IOW South Park's Mr. Hankey character. That's what those remind me of.

    IND-TEN: Are the Titans going to be an almost exclusive WAH team again? If so, that's depressing.

    Now the rankable games:

    7. CHI-SEA: I always preferred the Bears on the road in all white. Acceptable, but pretty much like a rice cake.

    6. SD-MIN: will the Vikes' new stadium next year have a retractable roof? I hope so. Because the old Hefty Bag Dome dulled out their purple jerseys. The purple at TCF looks good in the sunshine, and not bad against SD's white and dark blue.

    5. TB-HOU: Always prefer the Bucs in pewter pants. A decent enough contrast between these two teams. They have yet to disappoint me in any single matchup they've ever had.

    4. SF-ARI: Both teams have quite a bid of red but Niner gold and white contrasted with Cardinal white made each shade of red shine through. The first correct matchup between these two teams in the Desert since 2012.

    3. ATL-DAL: the Falcons red on white has for years been one of my favorites. And it went well against the Cowboys traditional home garb.

    2. KC-GB: I would have rated this #1, but I liked another AFC West @ NFC North battle better. I only gave this one the weekly silver medal because I saw the same uni matchup back in '03. But it's a close 2nd. These two unis together look better under the lights.

    1. DEN-DET: one of the few times I'll give a game with my Broncos in road whites the top nod. But it looked great against the Lions' Honolulu blue and silver at Ford Field. The difference between this and the last time they met in the Motor City - Week 9 of '07, is the Lions had block numerals. Yes, I pay attention to those details.

    Hopefully, Week 4 will be a good one. Have an excellent weekend.



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