Week 15 2015 Weekly Uniform Ranking and...

by Tim Brulia

16) Cardinals-Eagles: ARI in white/white, PHI in alternate black/black. Just...disappointing. The Cardinals disappoint by shelving their red pants. The Eagles disappoint with the all black get up. This just makes me sad to see.

15) Falcons-Jaguars: ATL in white/white, JAX in black/black. Quoting the horse in a Ren & Stimpy cartoon, "No sir, I don't like it." The starkness of all white and all black does me no happy, happy, joy, joy. True, some nice trim colors of red, teal and gold help some, but not enough for me to utter, "Groovy, man,"

14) Dolphins-Chargers: MIA in whte/white, SD in navy/white. After thrilling us all with the dynamic throwback last week, the Dolphins sadly revert to form with the boring white ensemble against the Chargers in their smart navy over white. Aqua pants, where ever art thou???

13) Titans-Patriots: TEN in white/navy, NE in navy/silver. Mucho navy gravy. Titans could have mustered up the columbia blue pants and this would have improved the matchup. A bit. Both teams have red in their color schematic, but it is mainly an afterthought.

12) Bills-Redskins: BUF in white/white, WSH in burgundy/yellow. A dramatic difference a pair of pants make. For if the Bills had chosen their super blue britches for this encounter, it may have been enough for the head of the class. No, this dull set was chosen and not even the Redskins lovely burgundy over yellow could save this one from the lower level.

11) Lions-Saints: DET in white/silver, NO in black/black. A bit torn am I. Would the Saints have been better off with the gold pants in this game? Would that have made for too much metallic hues? Is the all black too strong a contrast to the Lions rather pallid away colors? I think this all washed out and this game is slotted where it should be. I think the all black set could use some more gold below the belt. Think about it for 2016, Saints.

10) Chiefs-Ravens: KC in white/white, BAL in purple/gold. Yes, gold. Well, this one that threw everybody off kilter. No one expected the Ravens to rock, for the first time ever, gold pants. But they did. Lost in the shuffle was the KC in the white over white combo with red socks. As for purple over gold? The gold pants were fascinating, the pant strip was good, except, the Ravens went with a purple/black/purple stripe pattern, which was unnecessary. It junked the set up a bit. Chiefs in red pants would have pumped this matchup a lot, Alas...

9) Texans-Colts: HOU in white/navy, IND in blue/white. I think I'm being fairly consistent here when I say the key element in this matchup is the red jersey numbers of the Texans. With so much blue, navy and white here, the red numbers pop out positively. But still, this matchup is a bit lacking.

8) Panthers-Giants: CAR in white/white, NYG in blue/gray. A fair to middlin matchup, with blues, blacks, reds and silver/grays involved. Panthers all white set seems to stand out in a good way against the Giants blue over gray mode.

7) Packers-Raiders: GB in white/yellow, OAK in silver/black. This is good, not great, not bad, but good. The Raiders in the black over silver set is at once dullish, yet intimidating. The Packers in white over yellow is blah, yet bright with yellow trimmed in green. It makes for something attractive, yet not eye popping.

6) Broncos-Steelers:  DEN in white/white, PIT in black/yellow. The Broncos rather mundane all white navy trim heavy set is helped a lot by the Steelers spot on black over yellow. Can't really explain, but the Broncos white set works here.

5) Jets-Cowboys: NJ in green/white, DAL in white/mint. A nice and clean matchup. Jets greens play well off the Cowboys blues and silvertones. Nothing fancy, just good honest football unis melding as a good get together.

4) Bears-Vikings: CHI in white/navy, MIN in purple/white. Aaah, the NFC North. The sweet confluence of navy, purple, yellow and orange makes this a visual delight. Tradition and contemporary is a good thing.

3) Browns-Seahawks: CLE in white/white, SEA in navy/navy. Browns in their most conservative set offsets quite well the Seahawks navy abundance. The color elements are sharp here, brown, navy, gray, orange and neon green. Works better than originally thought.

2) Buccaneers-Rams: TB in color rush red/red, STL in color rush yellow/yellow. In the final installment of this season's new-fangled Color Rush, we have the Condiment Bowl, ketchup vs. mustard, Heinz vs. French's, etc. But it was a rather cool display. For the Bucs, a nice red jersey that was actually tamer than their normal red jersey. For the Rams, it was a bit of a fauxback hearkening, the days of the yellow jerseys of the 1950's mashed up with the 1973-1999 era jerseys with the sleeve horns. May not be the best, but one I liked a lot.

1) Bengals-49ers: CIN in white/black, SF in red/gold. Yes, this is the way colors can work. Dazzling display of black, red, orange and gold. I just happen to think this works on a lot of levels. Only flaw for me is the Bengals continuing to wear black socks with the black pants. Otherwise, top level matchup!

That is all for now.

Till next time, and on behalf of my cohorts at the GUD (Rob and Bill), we extend our heartiest wishes for the best to you and yours this Holiday season,


  1. My turn. First, the sour cream.

    BUF-WAS: I'm with Tim in that Buffalo in white pants would have made this the top game.

    ARI-PHI: I don't like the Cards in red pants but green on white for the Eagles would have been immensely better.

    DET-NO: gold pants for the Saints would have given this game a guaranteed medal.

    TB-STL: welding masks should have been required to view this game

    ATL-JAX: Jags - please go back to the unis you had from '09-'11 (and somewhat in '12). They were simpler but elegant and full of color in the right way.

    CIN-SF: all that was needed was for Cincy to go with white pants and it would have been a top 5 game, if not a medal game.

    KC-BAL: Ravens in gold pants? No. Just, no. Add to that KC sticking with white on white the rest of the year. BOO!!

    That leaves 9 games eligible.

    9. TEN-NE: For the first time since their playoff in the extreme cold in January of '04, a Titans-Pats game, at either place, was done right. But I do agree that Tennessee should do the Columbia blue pants. And the Pats should ponder making their red the jersey color. Currently no NFL team has silver/gray helmets and red jerseys. The last one to do it was the 49ers in the early 60s. Someone should try the Buckeye look.

    8. CAR-NYG: both teams have their classic duds and a fair amount of contrast but not very inspiring to me.

    7. CHI-MIN: I just prefer it when the Bears had white on white for road games. But a decent game nonetheless.

    6. MIA-SD: the first Dolphins-Chargers game in LoCal done right since 2005. I just like the way the aqua is done on the numbers and trim on Miami's white uniforms.

    5. HOU-IND: the only time this matchup in Indianapolis wasn't right was in '09, when the Texans went "Liberty White" for a road game the first time ever. A clean looking uniform game with plenty of contrasts.

    4. DEN-PIT: first time the Broncos went to the Steel City in 9 years. I like this look each time they've met there (4 total). Though I hated how my team blew it yet again.

    3. CLE-SEA: overall I'm not a fan of the Browns change to their current unis. Their classic ones were beautiful in their simple ugliness. But what they wore Sunday, contrasted with Seattle's regular home look, just grew on me.

    2. NYJ-DAL: I had this fear that the Jets would go all green. But they didn't. And with some games being a disappointment, it allowed this one to get the silver for the week.

    1. GB-OAK: ever since they met in Super Bowl II, these two have had good classic but colorful and contrasting looks each time. And it being an overcast day added to the allure.

    Happy Holidays everyone.

  2. Some more teams are locked out of any chance of winning the uniform matchup championship. Thanks to the Jets, the Cowboys have a little more daylight between themselves and their closest pursuers. That's the arbitrary nature of my rankings. As it turns out, only Dallas, the Giants, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia can still get the top spot. The updated standings:

    Cowboys: 18.5
    Giants: 15
    Steelers: 14.5
    Eagles: 13
    Cardinals: 12
    Packers: 10.5
    49ers: 10
    Lions: 10
    Saints: 10
    Chiefs: 9
    Broncos: 8.5
    Colts: 8.5
    Patriots: 8.5
    Bills: 8
    Redskins: 8
    Falcons: 7.5
    Buccaneers: 7
    Dolphins: 7
    Seahawks: 7
    Bears: 6.5
    Raiders: 6.5
    Chargers: 5.5
    Vikings: 5.5
    Panthers: 5
    Bengals: 4.5
    Ravens: 3.5
    Jets: 2.5
    Rams: 2.5
    Texans: 2.5
    Browns: 1.5
    Titans: 1.5
    Jaguars: 1

  3. First off, I need to apologize to Kyle. I'm not sure why, but in previous posts I referred to you as "Kevin". Please excuse my ignorance.

    Ranking this week we have:

    Bronze) Chiefs-Ravens
    Okay I'll admit it, I'm not crazy about the gold pants for the Ravens. Kansas City didn't help anything by going with the white pants again. What I am applauding is the stones Baltimore showed by randomly introducing a new pair of pants at the end of the season. Currently, there are no rules regarding uniform pants in the NFL (at least not in the same way jerseys are regulated) but I wouldn't be surprised to see some new rules implemented this offseason. Still, this was a fun surprise. Also, not many good uni matchups this week.

    Silver) Jets-Cowboys
    Dallas' classic look combined with the Jets green jerseys makes for a nice looking game. I'm also happy the Jets avoided the all green look.

    Gold) Packers-Raiders
    Two classic uniforms that really haven't changed much over the last 50 years. The Pack's green trim bounces pleasantly off the Raiders' black jerseys. Just a clean look that has clearly stood the test of time.

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