Week 14 2015 Weekly Uniform Rankings

by Tim Brulia

16) Titans-Jets: TEN in white.white, NYJ in green/white. Nope, nope, nope. Stop right there. of the eight total color components of this battle, five are white. Titans' helmet, jersey and pants, Jets' helmet and pants. At least one team could have and definitely should have rocked a color element here, namely the pants. I am not amused.

15) Colts-Jaguars: IND in white/white, JAX in black/white. Another team with a really good alternate just wasted. Yes, the Jags have a teal jersey in their closet and this would have been the perfect occasion to bust them out. Instead, the black jersey continues to deaden the nerves. The white pants help, but against the Colts' all whites? Actually, yes. I approve of that. Not enough to lift this one out of the heap.

14) Falcons-Panthers: ATL in white/white, CAR in black/silver. Hmm,,,I just think we needed black pants on one of these teams.  While somewhat dull, the red and light blue trims on the two teams give this matchup just a little verve.

13) Seahawks-Ravens: SEA in white/navy, BAL in purple/black. I love the darkness, but this is a little overkill. Navy pants, black pants, purple jerseys. The Seahawks would have been smart to wear the gray pants here, to avoid the dark dankness.

12) Lions-Rams: DET in white/silver, STL in navy/white. This is a middle of the packer for sure. I normally think the navy over white of the Rams is sharp, but not here. If they still had the gold bottoms, it would have been perfect here. The Lions look stands on its own and bolsters this coupling.

11) Raiders-Broncos: OAK in white/silver, DEN in alternate navy/navy. The Broncs in all navy is just an alternate look these days, and that's a good thing. But while the regular orange tops would have been much better against the Raiders ho-hummish white over silver look, the all-navys hold up surprisingly well. Maybe it's that thick slab of orange on the sides.

10) Steelers-Bengals: PIT in white/yellow, CIN in black/white. AFC North battle where black rules. but the yellow and orange saves the day. Good usage of the colors by both teams. But I'd've cheered more if the Bengals would have rocked a pair of orange socks.

9) Bills-Eagles: BUF in white/blue, PHI in green/white. A little more white than I prefer, but this is a good one. Bills do well to go with the sweet blue trousers, while the Eagles in green juxtapose sweetly against the Bills set.

8) Chargers-Chiefs: SD in white/navy, KC in red/white. Traditional opponents. Chargers navy pants and trim on white jerseys looks pleasing against the Chiefs in the reliable red over white. Nothing fancy, nothing dull, but a fine looking uni matchup.

7) Redskins-Bears: WSH in white/yellow, CHI in navy/white. These go back a long way. But in modern times with modern aesthetics, They look well paired together. A good set of colors, burgundy, navy blue, yellow and orange, make for a nice visual.

6) Saints-Buccaneers: NO in white/black, TB in red/pewter. OK, I should be disgusted by this meeting, instead, I am enchanted. The dull gold of the Saints and the black pants seem to work fabulously against the Bucs red tops and pewter bottoms.

5) Patriots-Texans: NE in white/navy, HOU in alternate red/white. Kept from the top by the Texans' white pants. Still, this meeting delivers. The Texans red is a great antidote to the Pats standard away white over navy, plus I always give style points to games that feature two teams in tri-colors, which this one does (silver/white/navy vs. navy/red/white).

4) Cowboys-Packers: DAL in white/mint, GB in green/yellow. The Cowboys white over mint can get so overbearing, but when it pairs up with that always groovy Packer green over yellow combo, it just looks like the Golden Age of Football. The colors, execution just brims with what a football game should look like, mismatched blues and all.

3) Vikings-Cardinals: MIN in white/purple, ARI in red/white. No Color Rush for this TNF game. It would ave interesting to see what these two would ave been wearing. All purple vs. all red? anyway, the Cardinals are apparently shelving the red pants for 2015. And I suppose, that's a good thing here. The Vikes' purple pants are enough, and both look keen in this encounter.

2) Giants-Dolphins: NYG in white/gray, MIA in throwback aqua/white. What on earth does it take for the Dolphins to get rid of the gross all whites? I guess a prime-time game. This one scores. Dolphins, celebrating their 50th season, wear 1966 era digs. With aqua in full bloom, plus an abundance of sorely missed orange trim. And the Giants with bright blue lids, red trimmed white jerseys, gray pants and red socks make this a delightful color spectacle.

1) 49ers-Browns: SF in white/gold, CLE in alternate orange/brown. Thankfully, the Browns wear what may be the best combo of their bunch. The orange over brown set is a visual treat and the best look so far, and the orange socks accessorize perfectly. Niners comply with the tested but true white over gold, which compliments rather that detract from the matchup.

Comin' back atcha next week!


  1. What do you mean by "kept from the top by the Texans white pants"? IMHO, blue pants would match the Pats to much, and red pants with red jerseys is just unwatchable. Which are you suggesting?

  2. In the days of "battle red", the Texans would have worn red over red. I agree with your assessment of the Texans in blue pants would have been too much navy, but I think the Texans in the all red would have been the way to go. I feel the red, while garish, would have played well off of what Patriots wear. They use red in very limited fashion.

  3. We're at the quarter pole. First the games with that gross white dairy product courtesy of Daisy.

    MIN-ARI: Vikings in purple pants not only puts them behind the Packers in the NFC North, it probably ruins whatever chance they had of finishing at the top of my uniform standings.

    DET-STL: the Rams once again wear those sailor pants. Imagine this uni matchup with the Rams in gold pants. More wasted potential.

    NO-TB: this would have been a beauty with the Saints in gold pants.

    SF-CLE: if there's anything that grinds my gears, it's a team wearing pants and jerseys that are both neither white or gray, but the pants color is darker than the jersey color.

    SEA-BAL: the Seahawks could have taken their gray pants against another purple jersey team but went with blue. The Ravens purple over black - no es bueno.

    NE-HOU: well at least I've seen the correct look from these two before.

    TEN-NYJ: will I **ever** get to see a good uni matchup between these two in New Jersey? I can't deal with the Titans in all white, just as I didn't like that look on the Oilers either.

    OAK-DEN: not only a site for sore eyes from a football standpoint (practically ruined any chance of a #1 seed), but the monochrome navy makes me lose my appetite.

    Now the rankable games.

    8. IND-JAX: the first time in 3 tries the Jags wear dark at home in their current uniforms against the Colts. There was nothing wrong with Jacksonville's set from 2009-2011 (and a little of 2012).

    7. SD-KC: nice color contrast but not one I like to put in a time capsule.

    6. PIT-CIN: the way these two teams go after each other with their nastiness, it looks better when they're wearing the right combos.

    5. ATL-CAR: the Falcons have black helmets and all white as the primary, against the Panthers in black and silver with hints of light blue, but the Falcons red in their numerals and pants stripes is so prominent it makes their road uniforms blend and clash beautifully against so many opponents.

    4. DAL-GB: a beautiful blend of two classic uniforms. They almost never disappoint.

    3. NYG-MIA: the Giants in their elegant blue helmets, white jerseys with red numerals and gray pants against the Fins in their throwback aqua jeresys and white pants with the old-time helmets. Nicely done.

    2. WAS-CHI: the first great Skins @ Bears game since October of 1976. The Bears home uniforms can look great against the right away uniform.

    1. BUF-PHI: any time the Bills go white over blue on the road. that's the right start. When it's against the Eagles in their midnight green over white, there's no way I can't make this the top matchup of the week.

  4. The Giants inch a little closer to the Cowboys, and the Eagles move into 4th place in the weekly uniform matchup standings. At this point, any team with less than 7.5 points cannot win the championship.

    Cowboys: 16.5
    Giants: 14.5
    Steelers: 14
    Eagles: 13
    Cardinals: 12
    49ers: 10
    Lions: 10
    Saints: 10
    Chiefs: 9
    Bills: 8
    Broncos: 8
    Colts: 8
    Patriots: 8
    Redskins: 8
    Falcons: 7.5
    Packers: 7.5
    Buccaneers: 7
    Dolphins: 6.5
    Bears: 6
    Seahawks: 6
    Chargers: 5
    Vikings: 5
    Bengals: 4.5
    Panthers: 4.5
    Raiders: 3.5
    Ravens: 3.5
    Rams: 2.5
    Texans: 2
    Jaguars: 1
    Titans: 1
    Browns: .5
    Jets: .5

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