In the NBA, teams traditionally sport colored jerseys when they are away from home and don white jerseys when they are playing at their home venue; in the NFL the tables are turned and things are done vice versa. Regardless of one's opinion on whether white unis are meant for home cooking or for road bouts, one thing that can be agreed on is whether or not a jersey is a good jersey or a bad jersey.
Across the big four North American sports, a fair share of good, bad and downright ugly jerseys exist to woo or disgust us. It's a good thing for our eyes that some of these hideous jerseys no longer exist such as the Pittsburgh Steelers' polarizing bumblebee jerseys. Fortunately some of these jerseys are only worn on select occasions such as the NFL's color rush jerseys.
Here, we take a look at the 8 best and 7 worst home jerseys currently worn by NFL teams.
15 BEST: Green Bay Packers
The Aaron Rodgers led Packers and their jerseys seem to bring about contrasting opinions just as the team's signal caller does. Many believe the Pack sport not just one of the best uniforms in the NFL, but the best period. Others are on the other side of the fence, pointing to the Packers mustard and relish color combo being nothing short of putrid. Regardless of which side of the argument one defends, it cannot be denied that the uniforms of the Packers are as classic as the cheese heads donned by the Green Bay faithful at Lambeau Field. The color scheme isn't going anywhere anytime soon. After all, does anyone really wish to see the Acme Packers uniform worn over the Packers current threads? I didn't think so!
14 WORST: Arizona Cardinals
There are jerseys in the NFL where less is more such as the San Francisco 49ers jersey; the Arizona Cardinals, unfortunately, do not follow that same train of thought. Arizona's jerseys are a cardinal red and the numbers and player's last name appear in white. The team's cardinal bird logo are absent from the sleeves on the jerseys. Instead, the only place the cardinal appears is on the back of the jersey right above the player's last name. The bird is immensely small and looks rather dwarf like. The underlying problem here is that the Cards have a nice logo, yet they don't take advantage of it on their jersey. Incorporating the cardinal on the sleeves of the jersey would do more to make the jersey stand out and give it character instead of it just being, well, red.
13 BEST: New York Giants
The more successful of the two New York City franchises (or New Jersey, depending on who you ask), the New York Giants don't have the flashiest of uniforms. Moreover, they have one of the plainest in the league. For a team nicknamed "big blue", the uniforms do the job just as they're supposed to. The Giants' jerseys are primarily blue with the number and player name appearing in white. There is no mention of the word "Giants" anywhere on the jersey. The lone logo from the team appears on the front of the jersey above the player number; the logo is a small "NY" representative of New York. The Giants' uniforms fall under the "classic" category and even minor additions would likely catch most off guard. The jerseys do more with less.
12 WORST: Jacksonville Jaguars
Notice something different about the Jaguars home uniforms that differs from that of many other NFL teams? Their sleeves are absent of the jaguar logo. This makes the uniform look rather plain. The inclusion of "Jags" in a shield like emblem on the upper right corner of the chest region is sharp. However, while this enhances the Jags uniform and provides a uniqueness to it, it doesn't take away from the naked sleeves and the awkward color combination. It makes it more of a shame considering that the Jaguars have one of the nicer logos in the league. Without a jaguar embroidered on the sleeves and that awful mustard yellow (it's not gold, trust us) to go along with that teal, it's one of the league's worst, even with all that sleek black.
11 BEST: San Francisco 49ers
At first glance, the 49ers jerseys are rather plain. At second glance, the 49ers jerseys are, indeed, plain. However, that does not take away from the elegance and historic appeal of this infamous jersey, which is a prime example of less is more. The red and white is reminiscent of all the Niners jerseys fans have known throughout their history. Red is the primary color on the jersey while the name on the jersey along with the number of the player appears in white. The jersey also features white stripes on the sleeves. The 49ers also include the team name on the front of the jersey above the player's number. Despite their recent struggles, they can look to their home jerseys as something to be proud of.
10 WORST: Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals, or Bungles (depending on who you ask), sport a uniform that Kellogs Frosted Flakes mascot Tony the Tiger would likely be envious of. The Bengals have a uniform unlike any other in the league and unfortunately for them, it isn't for a good reason. The black and orange color scheme of stripes without the inclusion of the endangered species of the bengal tiger leaves a lot to be desired. Well, I guess if it is broke, fix it, considering the Bengals' playoff history with the jerseys with the tiger on the sleeves was rather lackluster. Oh wait, they haven't faired any better since the switch to the tiger striped uniforms! The sleeves have plenty of room in which the inclusion of the tiger would enhance the jersey significantly.
9 BEST: Carolina Panthers
The black, silver and Carolina blue of the Panthers jersey has been a staple in the Charlotte, North Carolina franchise's jersey since its inception in 1995. The jerseys feature the roaring panther from the team's logo on the sleeves which adds to the overall aesthetic of the jerseys. Frankly, adding much more to this jersey would be nothing short of overkill. The Panthers have implemented all the colors that are a part of their logo and have also included the panther. What more can you ask out of a jersey? It's no surprise that these Panthers jerseys frequently captivate youngsters as they are often sporting Cam Newton or Luke Kuechly jerseys.
8 WORST: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
If there was one word to describe the Bucs home jerseys, the best word would be loud. The Bucs jerseys look more fit for the college game then they do for the big leagues. The red isn't your everyday red; it's "Buccaneer red". Pewter and orange also appear on the jersey. The Bucs also don't include their primary logo of the flag with the skull and crossbones along with a football; instead, they substitute this for the word "BUCS" on the sleeves of the jersey. The Bucs rid the jersey of the better and primary logo of the team which does nothing to strengthen the jersey. For a college uniform this would likely float by as being acceptable and possibly even popular, in the big leagues it's another story.
7 BEST: New England Patriots
The most dominant team in the NFL since Tom Brady took over under center not only has one of the league's best home jerseys, but they've had some of the sharpest looking jerseys throughout a team's history when speaking of jerseys. The current home jerseys are primarily navy blue with silver taking over as the secondary color and little hints of red taking over as the tertiary color. The Patriots feature their logo on the sleeves which is one of the league's better designed logos. The word PATRIOTS appears on the front of the jersey centered right above the number on the jersey. Not only do the Patriots have PATRIOTS written out alphabetically but they also include the team's logo in a much smaller version than on the sleeves.
6 WORST: Cleveland Browns
I bet most never thought they'd see the Cleveland Browns on a top 15 list! Well, unless the word "worst" was included. The Browns have the plainest helmets in the league and their jerseys sport a similar theme. For those that have been to the stomping grounds of the Browns, FirstEnergy Stadium, they know the Dawg Pound contains some of the most rambunctious and passionate fans in any sport. That says a lot considering how historically bad the Browns have been for years. How about paying homage to the fans and including the secondary Browns logo of the dog into the jersey? The jerseys would then contain more pizzazz and would prevent the jerseys from looking plain as can be sans the CLEVELAND on the front of the jersey.
5 BEST: Oakland Raiders
The Bay Area's Oakland Raiders (for now at least) don a black and silver jersey that is simple and straight to the point yet menacing and intimidating at the same time. The Oakland faithful are referred to as the "Black Hole", if that wasn't scary enough, how would you feel as the opposition when you see the Raiders coming out in jerseys that are primarily black? Hostile territory indeed! The Raiders jerseys are amongst the plainest in the league. Yet, they are the only team in the league to sport the silver and black scheme. As a result, when one sees these jerseys the only team that comes to mind is the Oakland Raiders. These jerseys may be home jerseys, but the last thing these jerseys echo is a homey feel.
4 WORST: Kansas City Chiefs
Where on this jersey is anything present that indicates it is representative of the Kansas City Chiefs? That's the largest problem with this jersey as many fair-weather fans wouldn't even know this is a jersey worn by the team that plays its home games at Arrowhead Stadium. To add on, many everyday fans may not even know this is a Chiefs jersey if the player on the jersey is a lesser known player. The Chiefs jersey isn't all bad, however. They do a good job of paying homage to the team's founder, Lamar Hunt by including his initials with a bird enclosed in a circle carrying a football. A very nice, design there Kansas City, kudos to you! Now, let's try to get that arrow and KC incorporated into the jersey.
3 BEST: Pittsburgh Steelers
The black and yellow of the Steelers is so synonymous with the team that they even have a popular anthem by Pittsburgh native, Wiz Khalifa, "black and yellow". The Steelers uniforms are a classic uniform that has undergone minor alterations throughout it's history. Well, unless you count the bumble bee jailbird uniforms which are arguably the most polarizing uniforms in the history of the NFL. Hints of yellow and white stripes appear on the sleeves while the Steelers logo appears on the front of the jersey on the upper right hand corner. While most jerseys look naked without the team's primary logo on the sleeves of the jersey, the Steelers are an exception to the rule. The Steelers change jerseys as often as they change coaches - not very often.
2 WORST: Los Angeles Rams
With the Rams returning to the "City of Angels" after a two decade plus year departure, it would only be right for the team to embody the old colors of royal blue, yellow and white in the team's logo and jerseys that they wore when last playing in Los Angeles. Instead, the Rams decided simply changing St. Louis to Los Angeles in their logo would get the job done. The jerseys remain unchanged and they contain nothing to indicate that the team is now a franchise from Los Angeles and not St. Louis. The Rams may have made a big splash in trading up for the number one pick to draft Jared Goff and create some initial excitement for Southern California, but their unchanged jerseys have done nothing to create any excitement.
1 BEST: Dallas Cowboys
"America's Team" not only currently sportS the best record in the NFL, but they also wear one of the cleanest and sharpest jerseys in the league. While the jerseys slightly differ from that of the team's glory days in the 1990s, they have only undergone minor alterations. As a result, these uniforms look both modernized while still keeping a classic feel to them. The patented Cowboys star appears below the Nike logo on the gray and white stripes of the jersey. The word "Cowboys" appears just above the player's jersey number on the front in the upper chest area. The 'Boys have done an exceptional job at bridging the gap between the past and present with these uniforms as these jerseys echo both a new and old school feel.
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