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NFL uniform power rankings: Which team tops the list?

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NFL uniform power rankings: Which team tops the list?
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

At one time, Tampa Bay has a good look. When Warren Sapp was in town, the Buccaneers had the pewter look with a cool logo and some pretty standard font. Now? The logo is massive, the numbers look digital and the uniform is too jumbled. A word of advice would be to return to the days of Bucco Bruce. What’s old is always new again, and those original Tampa Bay uniforms are sweet as sugar. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

31. Cincinnati Bengals

This team has never really gotten it right. Originally, the Bengals had the word “BENGALS” across the helmet from their inception in 1967 until 1981. Then, they shocked the football world by going for stripes on their helmets, which they still have today. Look, the helmets are alright, but the pants are brutal. Please stop will all the stripes and get a cleaner appearance. It might help Andy Dalton play respectably in the playoffs. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

30. Atlanta Falcons

Another uniform which needs an overhaul. The helmet is one of the worst in the league. Why not get an angry Falcon on the side or maybe some color in that bad boy? Go back to the red helmets and change the number font to something readable. Also, those pants. Either commit to the stripe or completely change the pants. Stop sitting on the fence. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

29. Arizona Cardinals

So much of what was said above for Atlanta can be said here. The helmet for Arizona is beautiful, but the jersey is a wreck with all the lines and little details. Get rid of the damn logo on the neckline. We don’t need it. Also, the same complaint as above with those freaking pants. Stop it. You aren’t a high school team. Just give us a stripe to break up the color and move on. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

28. Carolina Panthers

Alright, the Panthers are a team that values tradition. Normally, that gets big points in my book, but not these uniforms. The Panthers need to ditch that all blue top forever and use that only as an accent. The black and white tops are fine, and the logo isn’t bad. However, the helmet stripe is terrible and the colors are too passive. Give me a deeper blue and something to catch the eye. Just a bland look. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

27. Jacksonville Jaguars

The complete opposite of a bland look, taken way too far. Jacksonville has nice colors, but the helmet is ridiculous and the pants are atrocious. Teams are always trying to be edgy and hip, and it ends in total disaster most of the time. The Jaguars looked good in the days of Mark Brunell and Jimmy Smith. They also won back then. Don’t be afraid to have a basic helmet with some pizzazz in the top. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

26. Houston Texans

Houston is basic, but gets downgraded for that huge collar they are totting around. The Texans could also try to spice up the helmet a bit. It seems like they wanted to be really conservative and didn’t want to make any errors. While Houston succeeded on that front, the uniform lacks anything to remember it by. Overall, it’s simply another jersey that nobody wants to buy except hardcore fans. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

25. Tennessee Titans

Tennessee has a weird uniform. They have alternating shades of blue and a helmet that doesn’t really display who they are as a team. The Titans would do better to alter the helmet, especially with that crappy stripe. When you have a stripe that goes halfway, it’s like you didn’t commit. Don’t be a quitter, Titans. Figure out the helmet and then work on getting the blue shades figured out. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

24. Philadelphia Eagles

This uniform has the simplest fix in the world; go back to the original shade of green. Look at those old shots in the 1950’s and 60’s of Chuck Bednarik. See that? It’s beautiful. The green pops and shimmers in the sun, giving life to those uniforms. Now, the uniform looks dark and sometimes doesn’t even appear green. The sleeve patches also need to go. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

23. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings have great colors, but the pants and sleeve piping knock it down some. Minnesota has enjoyed the same purple and gold color scheme since coming into the NFL in 1961, changing the look just a bit over the years. Still, the pants have that nonsense striping and the sleeves look strange. It would be nice to see the Vikings fix these issues so we can get them back into the top half of the league. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay, File)

22. New England Patriots

The Patriots may be the Super Bowl champions, but the uniforms aren’t getting the job done. The logo is alright, neither great nor terrible. The colors are fine, although there really isn’t much to write home about. The piping on the sides needs to be eradicated as well. However, the pants are solid and the numbers look nice, so they get style points there. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

21. Cleveland Browns

This would be much higher except for two things: the asinine “BROWNS” on the pants and “CLEVELAND” across the chest. Did anybody see those uniforms and not realize it was the Browns, who happen to play in Cleveland? I hate that. It’s like when people have empty space on the wall and jam a crappy picture up there. LEAVE IT ALONE. We all like a little wall space. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

20. Denver Broncos

Denver has a decent uniform, although those pesky pants once again hurt the grade. You need to commit, folks. The helmet logo is pretty cool and the blue and orange colors are excellent. While the old helmet logo of the horse jumped through the “D” was awesome, these uniforms are solid. So why 20th? The stripes are garbage and the numbers are bulky. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

19. Baltimore Ravens

The purple and black is a really solid look, but the number font is very odd and the pants are a tire fire. Instead of having all black with some “B” logo, get rid of that craziness and put a nice accent on them. The helmet is nice for the most part, giving us a raven who looks like he means business. Still, there is work to be done in the other aspects of the uniform. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

18. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have some really cool lime green parts to the uniform. It also has a great helmet, one of the best in the NFL. The bird looks appropriately angry and takes up the right amount of space. However, I really have issues with the team when it goes blue-on-blue. It just looks washed out and like a pair of pajamas. Get rid of that combo and move up the list. (AP Photo/Matt York)

17. Miami Dolphins

I loved the look when Dan Marino was there. Now? The helmet has that ridiculous stripe down the middle and the pants have a futuristic look to them. Stop trying to reinvent the wheel and just go simple. The Dolphins have a nice teal look with a hilarious dolphin on the helmet wearing a non-matching helmet. It was great. Today, it’s just another face in the crowd. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

16. Buffalo Bills

The Bills have taken massive steps forward since the days of Drew Bledsoe. They got rid of the ugly piping, changed the helmet from red to white and made the numbers much more simplistic. Buffalo would move into the top 10, without question, if it decided to go back to the rogue, grazing buffalo on the side of the helmet instead of the bootleg logo it has now. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

15. San Francisco 49ers

This is a great uniform. The logo is great. The colors are great. The pants are great. So why the ranking? Because of the f*****g alternate uniform they rolled out. Why? Why would you ruin such a great thing with those ridiculous black and red things that should be donated to the Salvation Army? Please, somebody step in and stop the madness that is those ugly rags. (AP Photo)

14. New Orleans Saints

The Saints have always had one of the better logos in the league on their helmets. It is understated yet makes a statement about where the team is from. New Orleans needs to do something about the lack of gold in the jersey, though. The Saints have gotten away from having a stripe on their pants and the jersey has too much black. This is a uniform with ample potential.

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

13. Detroit Lions

For the most part, this is a jersey that has never changed. The lion looks happy and ready to play (maybe not what you want as an NFL team, but I digress), the silver and blue is terrific together and the pants are generally solid. The Lions could make the numbers a little less funky and the get rid of some of the excess lines, but overall there is little to complain about. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

12. Washington Redskins

Washington is in controversial discussions all the time because of its name, but the jersey is an absolute beauty. The helmet is classic and has the best striping in the league. The jersey has awesome colors in burgandy and gold, something that shows up throughout the socks, pants and tops. It is one of the few things the Redskins have gotten right in recent years. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski, File)

11. New York Giants

Back in the glory days of the 1950’s and 60’s, the Giants wore their current uniforms and looked classy. Fast forward to now, and they are still great. The “ny” on the helmet has a certain timelessness, and the blue uniforms are simply fantastic. The Giants could get rid of those red jerseys for the rest of time and probably never be criticized, although they haven’t worn them recently. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

10. New York Jets

The Jets had great uniforms when they were busy winning the Super Bowl in 1968 with Joe Namath at the helm. Then they were to a ton of dark green and the “JETS” logo on the helmet for 20-plus years, before finally going back to the originals under Bill Parcells and almost winning a title. There is nothing special, but the green and white colors are terrific along with the logo. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

9. St. Louis Rams

The Rams were the first team to have a logo painted on the side of their helmets. Betcha didn’t know that. St. Louis has kept the look through the years, changing the horns from white to yellow to gold over the years. Still, it is a beautiful scene. Also, the blue and gold of today has class and pizzazz, something that is hard to pull off. It needs to be appreciated. (AP Photo/Whitney Curtis)

8. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have done it right since the days of Johnny Unitas and Lenny Moore. There is nothing more clean and crisp than the blue and white color scheme along with the horseshoe on the helmet. It should also be acknowledged that the Colts haven’t panicked for some extra sales and created a crappy alternate uniform. These are truly one of the best. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

7. San Diego Chargers

If the Chargers would ever do the right thing and make the powder blue kits their actual, full-time jerseys, there would be no need for a power ranking. Instead, they continue to insist on the nice but not-as-perfect dark blue uniforms with gold trim. San Diego also has lightning bolts down the pants, something I’m not totally against. I like the look, but would love it with the powder blues. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

6. Chicago Bears

The Bears have done a great job with their uniforms over the years. The “C” on the helmet has gone from white to orange over the years, and the GSH has been added since the death of founder George Halas in the early 1980’s, but those are the only changes. In fact, the initials are absolutely fantastic, adding class and substance to an already glowing uniform. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

5. Kansas City Chiefs

Speaking of class, the Chiefs uniform exudes it. Kansas City has a wonderful helmet and the shade of red throughout the uniform is perfect. The white and red pants are both good, and the numbers/letters are clean and legible. The Chiefs also have a sublime patch to honor both their founder and the creator of the American Football League, Lamar Hunt. It’s right over the hearts of the players. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

4. Dallas Cowboys

If you walked up to a random person who knows nothing about sports and showed them the Cowboys’ helmet, they would know which team it belonged too. Dallas has done an incredible job of coming up with a perfect uniform and marketing the heck out of it, getting itself known as America’s Team. Give the Cowboys all kinds of credit for getting the job done. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

3. Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have been really, really bad since going to the Super Bowl in 2002. Yet, they have been able to continually look good with those classic silver and black uniforms. Oakland is known as the renegade stop for football players, and those colors embody that. The Raiders also have a fantastic helmet, showcasing the angry raider ready for battle. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are so unique by only having one logo on their helmet. Additionally, the black and gold is just awesome, playing off each other so well. It would be great if the uniform numbers went back to the Terry Bradshaw-era style, but that probably is just a pipe dream. The pants and tops are perfect, and the number on the front of the helmet is a really cool touch. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

1. Green Bay Packers

The Packers are tops. Green Bay has a classic look that has not changed, at all, through the years. The pants are simple, the helmet has a traditional logo and the jerseys are easy to read and beautifully done. The best part? The incredible combination of green and yellow. It is perhaps the best uniform in all of sports, looking amazing against the backdrop of Lambeau Field. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)


Uniforms seem to be a hot topic this week, given Thursday night's showdown between the New York Jets (ahhhh, shiny green!) and the Buffalo Bills (ahhhh, Christmas red!).

Here's the problem: the NFL's new "Color Rush" campaign introduced an unintended consequence: Some colorblind viewers were unable to distinguish between the two getups.


Listen, sports are made for great debate. Who is the greatest player of all-time? Which defense is the best ever? What quarterback would you want most with two minutes remaining and the Super Bowl on the line?

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One of the most interesting debates always centers around the uniforms. In the National Football League, 32 teams are trying to better the other franchises. Why? For jersey sales and brand recognition. Some hit the mark and others fall woefully short. It seems some teams are changing looks every couple of years, while others have had the same uniform forever.

For the purposes of this power ranking, we aren't going to include when teams throw in some crazy throwbacks. The teams will be judged on their home, road and alternates, not some nonsense like the Philadelphia Eagles trotted out a few years back with blue and yellow. The same goes for the Pittsburgh Steelers and those hideous bubble bee/prison jumpsuits they have going on occasionally.


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