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.
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,