The concept of National Football League teams wearing their colored uniforms while facing each other isn’t a new thing. This was often noted from the earlier days of the NFL after World War II. However, the design of uniforms and team colors have changed over the years. It used to be that the older NFL teams like the Bears and Packers used to have a similar hue to their jersey, but with 32 teams in the league currently, teams have a wide variety of color options.
There has always been an interest in changing up uniforms and some teams had the chance to do that back in 2012, including the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Seattle Seahawks, but in 2015, the NFL started tinkering with the idea of the Color Rush – where Thursday Night Football games would feature a monochrome uniform match-up.
Some teams flourished, like the New York Jets with a uniform reminiscent of their original design that started in the 1960. Others, not so much. Consider Jacksonville’s all-gold uniforms from 2015. For this season, all 32 NFL teams received a bit of an upgrade to their uniforms to reflect the all-color concept. Some look good, others haven’t seen much of a change and the rest look wrong on a variety of levels.
This list is a chance to rank all 32 NFL teams based on their Color Rush uniforms for the 2016 season.
32 Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have had a rough decade in terms of wins and losses. While things might be on the upswing, there has been a lot of criticism for some of their recent uniform changes. This year’s color rush uniforms are still that awful gold color that a lot of fans have complained about. It’s just not a flattering shade of yellow to make a primary jersey color.
31 Miami Dolphins
The idea of having orange uniforms isn’t necessarily a bad idea. They used to have orange jerseys back in 2004 and they didn’t look terrible. However, the Dolphins have made some slight changes to their uniform colors. That orange uniform will now be a lot brighter, almost like a highlighter used by college students getting ready for an upcoming exam or term paper. There is a good chance that the players are going to look like they are doubling as construction workers during the day.
30 Washington Redskins
Ketchup and mustard should be on the hot dogs you buy on the concourse, not on the field of play. The Color Rush kit for the Washington Redskins make the team look like giant-sized tins of Coleman’s dry mustard powder. This was one of the moments where the NFL should have allowed a team to utilize a primary color instead of the alternate color.
29 Los Angeles Rams
It might be a better all-yellow uniform that has been released for the NFL Color Rush promotion, but there’s still a limit when it comes to how much yellow is on the field. The Los Angeles Rams only have one of two options for their uniforms between blue and yellow, and they are playing the Seattle Seahawks for their Color Rush match on Dec. 15.
28 New York Jets
This is one of those NFL Color Rush kits that actually won’t be on the field since their Thursday Night Football match-up was planned against the Buffalo Bills. Last year, there were a lot of complaints regarding how the Kelly green and all-red uniforms of their game last year really made it hard for colorblind fans to track the game on television.
27 San Francisco 49ers
It’s okay for some teams to go with the black uniform kits, but there are some times when you have to wonder why the NFL didn’t decide to take the opportunity to model something based on a previous uniform. The San Francisco 49ers were given that all-black combination with the red numbers instead of going with the all-gold jerseys.
26 Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns don’t really have the best color combination to have work for this type of uniform promotion. An all-brown option was probably the best that they can do for the Browns. Going with an all-orange uniform would have fans making comments about the Circus Peanuts candy being on the field. There’s nothing wrong with the brown uniforms with the orange numbers and helmet. Maybe the helmet could have been brown with an orange stripe to make it feel complete.
25 Indianapolis Colts
Once again, there is a lack of creativity since the Indianapolis Colts already wear this type of jersey top. It’s just adding blue pants that aren’t seen in their normal uniform combination. This is a franchise that hasn’t really had a lot of changes to their look – not even when the team moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984. However, even with that in mind, they could have done something different.
24 Dallas Cowboys
Destined to have struggles without starting quarterback Tony Romo, at least the Dallas Cowboys will have some decent threads for their upcoming Color Rush game against the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 1. It makes sense for Dallas to have an all-white jersey since that’s essentially what they do for every game – both on the road and at home. It’s nice to see some blue in their shoulder pads.
23 Green Bay Packers
The good news for Green Bay fans is that they are not going to wear all-yellow uniforms when they face the Chicago Bears on Oct. 20 in Lambeau Field. The bad news is that there really wasn’t anything special when it came to their Color Rush kits. Green Bay will wear an all-white uniform – at home, mind you – with the classic green numbers and the yellow and green stripes on the shoulders, neck and pants.
22 Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles are a little limited in what they can do with their Color Rush options. They essentially wear dark green, black and white as their colors. This year’s uniform will be all-black, with that dark green color trim on the numbers and neck line. It doesn’t seem as original as some of the other teams have gone.
21 Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens have traditionally worn the purple jerseys as a home uniform set, but having an all-purple uniform for their game on November 10 might seem a little too much. The shade of purple that the Ravens have had feels more like there will be giant grape soda bottles out on the field. This might have been one of the times where an all-black uniform would have been the best option.
20 Houston Texans
Having an all-blue uniform is nothing new for the Houston Texans, but the combination shown during the recent Color Rush announcement actually is slightly different. This uniform has red numbers instead of white numbers. It’s a more conservative look that actually makes sense for an alternate uniform set.
19 Oakland Raiders
By default, the Oakland Raiders have broken the top 20 on this Color Rush uniform ranking. There are some flaws with the uniform. A team that has commonly worn a black uniform and silver pants could have benefited from the change. Fans certainly are getting one with an all-white combination that features silver numbers with black trim.
18 Buffalo Bills
There were still some fans who weren’t happy with the Buffalo Bills wearing an all-red uniform kit last season against the New York Jets’ all-green combination, but this year’s Jets-Bills match-up had New York wear all-white, while the Bills will essentially keep the same uniform from the previous year.
17 Chicago Bears
When the initial color pairings for the 2016 NFL Color Rush were leaked on social media, some Chicago Bears fans were concerned with the possibility of an all-orange uniform for their Oct. 20 game against the Green Bay Packers. Some were relieved to see that the possible orange-yellow match-up would have happened prior to the Halloween festivities this year.
16 Seattle Seahawks
There seems to be quite the divide among some of the fans in Seattle. On one side of the argument, the uniforms are a very bright green color that resembles one of those earlier mentioned highlighters used by college students. At the same time, it is a big improvement from when they last wore green uniforms – a 2009 game hosting the Chicago Bears.
15 Cincinnati Bengals
One would have thought that the Cincinnati Bengals wearing an all-orange uniform wouldn’t have been terrible, but give credit to the Bengals for doing something a little bit different. The team unveiled all-white uniforms with Bengal tiger stripes at the top of the shoulder pads. It does make a lot of sense since there are some Bengal tigers that are only white with the black stripes.
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One of the NFL teams to have completely changed their look in recent years has been the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Long gone are the Creamsicle uniforms as the team has embraced the red and dark silver combination for nearly two decades. The current uniform is a hybrid of different options for a Color Rush uniform. They could have gone with pewter, red or black. While there is a tiny hint of orange, it wouldn’t be accepted by fans.
13 Arizona Cardinals
It feels like there are a lot of NFL teams who have decided to go with an all-red or all-black option. The Arizona Cardinals could have easily gone with either option, just as long as they stayed away from the tertiary yellow team color. Instead, the Cardinals went with an all-black option that has cool red lines going through the jersey. It definitely looks unique for a generic option.
12 Detroit Lions
According to Sports Illustrated, there was a rumor that the Detroit Lions were thinking about wearing red uniforms for the Color Rush promotion. However, the team decided to go with an all-black option with blue numbers and white trim outlines. They are certainly a much better option for the Lions than going all blue or all silver.
11 Atlanta Falcons
Once again, here is a great Color Rush uniform concept that fans aren’t going to be able to see worn during a game in 2016. The Atlanta Falcons made a big change to their uniforms for the Color Rush promotion with a much more conservative red uniform featuring black numbers and white trim and a matching line down the pants. Paired with the modern Falcons helmet, it’s a great look.
10 Kansas City Chiefs
There is something to be said about tradition being tried and true. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. While some teams have, and should, make some changes to have a decent Color Rush uniform this season, the Kansas City Chiefs have played an extremely conservative move. The Chiefs have chosen to go with an all-red combination for their Dec. 8 game against the Oakland Raiders at home.
9 Denver Broncos
Something has to be said about a team deciding to bring back something from the past. The Denver Broncos look like they’ll have a special look for their game at San Diego on Oct. 13. Fans are happy to see a return of the “D” helmet with the horse in the middle that was a familiar look from years past. While it is a traditional look from the past, the Broncos are not making the complete shift as they keep the same colors they’ve had since 1997.
8 New England Patriots
The New England Patriots made a subtle nod to their uniform history with their Color Rush kit this season. The team wears an all-blue uniform with red and white strips on the shoulder of the jersey. The team used to have a similar pattern that dates back to their first season of operation in 1960 – as part of the American Football League.
7 Tennessee Titans
A lot of teams in the NFL have a darker, royal blue shade to their uniforms. The Tennessee Titans, however, have not one, but two shades to their color scheme and the brighter blue will be the primary choice for their Color Rush game Oct. 27 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It is a slight change from last year’s powder blue uniforms that were also seen in a game against the Jaguars.
6 Minnesota Vikings
Unlike the Baltimore Ravens, the Minnesota Vikings were able to succeed with an all-purple uniform kit for the 2016 NFL Color Rush promotion. These uniforms are a deep purple hue with golden yellow numbers and letters on the jersey. It also doesn’t have anything too crazy or over the top. The lines for the pants are somewhat conservative with a cool design that keeps them looking very sharp.
5 Carolina Panthers
It might be the same type of Color Rush uniform used last year, but the Carolina Panthers seem to be hopeful that they will provide some good luck. The all-blue uniforms make a return when the Panthers host the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 17. The last time Carolina wore these uniforms, they defeated the Dallas Cowboys 33-14 last season.
4 San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers have had a couple of different looks based on the shade of blue for their uniforms. They’ve had dark blue and powder blue, which could have been a great option for their Color Rush uniforms. However, there’s nothing wrong with the royal blue colored uniforms that were chosen for their Oct. 13 game against the Denver Broncos.
3 Pittsburgh Steelers
Whenever the Pittsburgh Steelers announce they are going to have a special uniform, many fans cringe at the thought of the throwback “Bumblebee” uniforms based on the 1960 uniforms. So when fans saw their Color Rush uniforms for their Christmas Day game against the Baltimore Ravens, there was some excitement.
2 New Orleans Saints
Gold is definitely not a color that should be a primary option for an NFL uniform, as some teams have learned the hard way. While the New Orleans Saints didn’t go that route, gold was certainly the primary focus of their Color Rush uniforms. The Saints received an all-white uniform kit with gold numbers and lettering on the jersey.
1 New York Giants
The New York Giants won the Color Rush game by going back to the past and pulling something memorable out of the closet. The Giants decided to go with an all-white look with a uniform that goes back to the 1980s and 1990s with great players like Lawrence Taylor. The blue helmet will have the memorable “Giants” instead of the “NY” logo. Additionally, they will have the blue numbers with red trim for a complete nostalgia win by the Giants.
This is the type of move that other teams should have considered. Instead of trying to do something completely new, there’s something to be said about bringing back something from a team’s history for a special event. The only negative is that we have to wait until the Giants play the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 22 to see these uniforms on the field.
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