Week 12 2014 Weekly Uniform Rankings

By Tim Brulia

Here's your latest installment, with the first tie ever in the rankings.

14 (tie)) Saints-Ravens: BAL in white/black, NO in black/black. Love me some black, hate me too much black. Welp, just a case of black overkill here. Ravens did right with black pants. That's the better look for them here. Saints, though, not the right choice with their black trousers. Gold would have been much the better choice here.

14 (tie)) Jets-Bills: NYJ in white/white, BUF in blue/white. AN "ode to snow" here? This game was moved from suburban Buffalo to Detroit with Western New York buried under feet of snow. So while this matchup of two sets of white helmets, a set of white jerseys and two sets of white pants may seem appropriate, as the normal MNF game is a case of black overkill, so this game is a case of white overkill.

13) Lions-Patriots: DET in white/silver, NE in navy/silver. Just a bit more silver than I can handle here. And a healthy chunk of blue, too. A time when a rare matchup is best let that way, rare.

12) Cowboys-Giants: DAL in white/mint, NYG in blue/gray. The greatest catch in NFL history? If we're taking game action, Odell Beckham Jr's snag just may be it. But this blog is about uniform matchups and sorry, this is not the greatest anything in that regard. Lots of blue, blue-gray and gray, with only a taste of red to keep things from total mediocrity.

11) Jaguars-Colts: JAX in white/white, IND in blue/white. Becoming common while being quite uncommon. These AFC South foes with unis that - using a music analogy - is like Iggy Azalea meets Patti Page. Yep, a classic look from long ago meeting a decidedly 2014 style uni. True blue up against gold, black, and a whiff of teal.

10) Buccaneers-Bears: TB in white/white, CHI in throwback navy/white. I'm scratching my head on the Bears deciding to wear the "Monsters of the Midway" TB (throwback) classic against TB (Tampa Bay) Modern. Sorta reminds me of the aforementioned Jags-Colts tilt, except even more extreme! Still, a good stew of colors, with red, orange, pewter and navy.

9) Bengals-Texans: CIN in white/black, HOU in navy/white. This is OK. Could be A-OK if the Bengals had simply worn orange socks to go with the black pants. Texans in navy over white does compliment well, but another matchup with potential, slips up a bit.

8) Dolphins-Broncos: MIA in white/white, DEN in orange/white. Last week, I was positively giddy bo biddy over the Fins awash in aqua. This week, a cold whack of reality sets in as the Fins return to the land of all white. However, for them, this matchup is saved by the raw sweetness of Bronco orange. Actually, the aqua trim does bounce well off the Bronco orange with a dollop of navy,

7) Titans-Eagles: TEN in white/navy, PHI in green/white. While this is really not a bad matchup, I just can't get a proper dose of wow for this one. Good colors (navy, green, silver, a touch of columbia blue), but maybe lackluster execution? Certainly not the worst pairing for the week, but far from the bes

6) Rams-Chargers: STL in white/navy, SD in navy/white. This is nice. Navy/white/navy versus white/navy/white. Normally such oppositry (yeah, I made that word up) is a delight. One problem, all navy and all white and to an extent, all gold. A bit more color flow would have pushed this one even higher. Nonetheless, I like that visual flow.

5) Cardinals-Seahawks: ARZ in white/white, SEA in navy/navy. Excluding socks, a triple dose of white meets a triple dose of navy. Truly, had the Cardinals rocked their red bottoms, this likely sends this matchup to the top. Still, this is a visual treat. Maybe the red yoke on the Cardinals is just enough to make this one yet a successful pairing. Seahawks sleek in the all navy,

4) Chiefs-Raiders: KC in white/red, OAK in black/silver. A matchup that has changed little since 1968, when the Chiefs started to wear red pants with their white jerseys. Not much more can be said. The red and yellow paired against silver and black. Looked good then, looks good today.

3) Packers-Vikings: GB in white/yellow, MIN in purple/white. Again, a common get together that seldom bores. One time when yellow, in the forefront for one, is kept quiet for the other. Add the green and purple and this one screams, "NFC North, heck yeah!"

2) Redskins-49ers: WSH in white/yellow, SF in red/gold. Aw yea. Maybe a slight tilt of shades of red and um "gold", but this pairing is a delight. Red in scarlet and burgundy mixed with gold in shades of yellow and um, y'know, gold, and the way they're carried out by these two make for a goody.

1) Browns-Falcons: CLE in white/brown, ATL in red/white. Perhaps its the rarity when these two meet up, but I think this one is dandy. Two sides in triple color; red, black, white, brown and orange are at the fore and no overuse of any of those hues. Upper level of the food chain!

That is it for this week.

On behalf of my partners Rob and Bill, we would like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving with loads of football and turkey to keep you and yours comfortable!


  1. Week 11: only 5 of the 14 games eligible for ranking (by my standards). Week 12: 10 of the 15 games eligible.

    The five autofails:

    CIN-HOU: for the Bengals in black pants. They don't look like the Bengals in those things.
    CLE-ATL: for the Browns in brown pants. Those monstrosities have to go.
    NO-BAL: double AF for both teams in black pants. Thankfully when those two teams met in NO in Week 8 of 2006 they both wore their correct unis, so I got to see them against each other that way at least once.
    STL-SD: gold pants make the Rams uni. But for some reason their current management has an issue with gold pants. So I've been deprived of them since the end of 2011.
    TB-CHI: Bears in their throwbacks - thanks, but no thanks

    Now the 10 eligible for ranking:

    10. DAL-NYG: not a whole lot of contrast, but they're both in their correct unis.

    9. JAX-IND: the Jags helmets look garish. But white jerseys and pants make them eligible. Teal, black and gold against blue and white is a decent color contrast, but the hideousness of the Jaguars uni knocks it down for me.

    8. TEN-PHI: A nice color contrast; but being at #8 is because I'm saddened by the Titans ditching their light blue pants they wore with white jerseys from late '06 through the end of 2012. It's one of their odes to the old Oilers.

    7. DET-NE: the Pats home navy blue jerseys with only a little bit of red is a little drab to me, but contrasted with the Lions Honolulu blue made it decent enough.

    6. ARI-SEA: Nice contrast. As stated previously, the Seahawks are the only monochrome unis that I like.

    5. NYJ-BUF: green and white against red, white and blue. This reminds me of '75 and '76, when I first started watching the NFL. Thank you Jets for wearing white pants.

    4. KC-OAK: one of my overall favorites year after year is when the Chiefs go to the East Bay to play their rivals. Just this week there were a few that I liked better.

    3. GB-MIN: seeing them go against each other on FOX, outdoors, even in overcast skies, made this a visual delight. Thankfully the Vikings didn't go with the Easter egg look like last year when the Pack went to the Land of A Thousand Lakes.

    2. MIA-DEN: white and aqua with hints of coral looked just awesome against Bronco orange, navy and white.

    1. WAS-SF: this one gets top bidding because it made up for something way in the past - Week 9 of 1976. That was the one chance for Washington to travel to the Bay in their red helmets, gold pants, and white jerseys with red numerals against the Niners in their gold helmets, scarlet jerseys with white numerals and gold pants. But the Niners decided to go all WAH that year. Why, I don't know. Not to mention, those unis looked great against each other.

  2. Thanks for your weekly take, Kyle, Always nice to see other opinions. Nobody's right and nobody's wrong here!

  3. Tim how can I begin to blog on here? I want to post a few things when the playoffs come around.



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