NFL Uniforms Ranked for the 2019 Season

Alright, my NFL Uniforms Ranked for the 2019 season came just a few hours before kickoff here on Thursday, September 5th, 2019.

Why my lateness?

I had to wait for a particular team to decide on a primary uniform combination, something announced yesterday on September 4th.

But, the announcement was made just in time for kickoff, so here we go.

Visuals of each uniform can be found at this site.

Featured below are my favorite helmets from all 32 franchises as the NFL is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, I thought it’d be appropriate to mix things up.

 

32: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2007 Buccaneers

2018 Rank: 32

Honestly a train wreck of a look. First off, the chrome facemask reminds me of a toilet handle in the public bathroom. Yeah, they screwed that one up. The logo is okay, but man, it’s way too big for the helmet. The jersey is reminiscent of what was popular in the NFL back in the early 2000s. Ditto for the pants piping. And don’t even get me started on the alarm clock numbering font. This look needs a makeover fast.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

31: Tennessee Titans

Original Houston Oilers Helmets

2018 Rank: 31

The Titans overhauled their uniforms in 2018 which featured a navy helmet, sword-like shoulder panels, and a sheath for pant stripes. Uh, what? Strange numbering font supposedly inspired by ancient Greeks, the prolonged existence of the team’s flaming thumbtack. Can this seriously get any worse? Yeah, if you consider the alternate powder blue jerseys with navy numbers.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

30: Cincinnati Bengals

2007 Bengals

2018 Rank: 30

Strange numbering fonts, dropshadow, side panels, shoulder panels with contrasting striped sleeve panels. Oh, my, goodness give me something not to criticize. The helmet? That’s about it. The team’s Color Rush look isn’t so bad, but the rest of this uniform, as well as their combinations, belong in 2004 where it began.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

29: Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons 1966-1969

2018 Rank: 29

Another team totally lost in the early 2000s. The team’s original makeover featuring black jerseys wasn’t half bad. But the ‘F’ shaped falcon no longer looks like it’s in flight, as opposed to the former logo. Like Cincy, the Falcons have strange numbering fonts, dropshadow, and EXTREMELY odd piping at EXTREMELY odd places.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

28: Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals 1960-2004

2018 Rank: 28

The Cardinals used to have a uniform that was even-keel. Nothing good, but nothing bad. That all changed in 2005 when they followed the Bengals and Falcons, implementing identical jersey piping to Atlanta. As for the cardinal-head logo, uh…..is it supposed to have a fiercer look to it?

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

27: Seattle Seahawks

2018 Rank: 27

These belong on a college football field. When college navy is your primary color, these belong on a college football field. Feathers are used instead of stripes. Green that’s the same shade as old school Nickelodeon slime (I grew up in the 1990s) plus arena-football-like sleeve and front panels have this uniform screaming for the past…the 1976-2001 look that was borderline flawless.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

26: Los Angeles Rams*

1999 Rams

2018 Rank: 26

The Rams, like in 2018, receive an asterisk. They’re forced to continue to use their 2000-2016 shade of gold for their road uniforms, taking away from an otherwise good look. As for the team’s home uniform, it couldn’t be better. Note the differences and inconsistencies between the two looks, so in the Rams’ case, they get more of an ‘incomplete’ than anything else.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

25: Baltimore Ravens

2018 Rank: 25

The Ravens’ color scheme isn’t half-bad. Really, it’s not. The problem here is all the uniform combinations and the cartoon-like helmet logo. When the team busted out gold pants a few years back, I knew a storm was brewing. This came to a head when they busted out, and often wore, purple pants, which when combined with any of the team’s four jerseys looks like a nightmare. Further, the black jersey is far better than the primary purple jersey for home games, as long as it’s worn with white pants.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

24: Carolina Panthers

2007 Panthers

2018 Rank: 24

The Panthers are one of few teams that actually look good regardless of uniform combination, and it’s rare that I say that. They’re the “Oregon of the NFL.” The problem is that they are in dire need of a uniform upgrade. Nothing crazy, but let’s add some sleeve stripes and get rid of the midseam pattern that’s plagued the team. Ditto for the pants stripes. Make them simpler. And please, make the Carolina blue jersey the primary. You have an iconic color and yet you still insist on wearing black at home when the weather turns cold.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

23: New England Patriots

2018 Rank: 22

What’s ironic is that the Patriots would look great if they made their Color Rush jersey the primary while keeping everything else intact. Then, make a version of it as a road look, and the problem’s solved. The current look screams early 2000s with the jersey side panels and very generic vertical midseam stripe.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

22: Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos 1975-1996

2018 Rank: 20

One of the best looks of the 1990s has become dated. The look was incredible back in 1997 when the team debuted, but over time, many teams have started rekindling past looks. The Broncos’ Color Rush helmet and jersey are phenomenal and if paired with white pants, as well as a white jersey, even with the current color scheme, will be tough to beat.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

21: Philadelphia Eagles 

Philadelphia Eagles 1974-1995

2018 Rank: 16

The Eagles discontinued their popular kelly green and silver uniforms for today’s look, which wouldn’t look half-bad had they kept the silver and forgone adding black into the look. But during the time, darker colors and black was popular. These days, it’s on the decline and as fans clamor for older looks, the Eagles’ duds have become dated, especially when they bust out the black alternate jersey.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

20: Miami Dolphins

2018 Rank: 17

The Dolphins upgraded their look in 2018 and for the better, returning strictly to the aqua, orange, and white color palette, practically abandoning navy blue which the team inserted since 1997. Problem is, the team’s best uniforms are the 1966 throwbacks they refuse to return to, despite their popularity. Until their best uniform takes the field, they’re stuck in mediocrity.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

19: Houston Texans

2007 Texans

2018 Rank: 15

This has long been a solid look for the Texans. Not too glamorous, not too shabby, but it works for the NFL’s newest team which started play in 2002. The lone star in a bull’s head on the helmet epitomizes Texas. My only gripe is that I wish the team had chosen a lighter shade or red and blue to better match the Flag of Texas.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

18: New Orleans Saints

1999 Saints

2018 Rank: 14

Another look that isn’t bad, but has its drawbacks. The Saints’ fetish for black pants sets them back, as their color contrast between black and gold has always worked; why limit the look’s potential? It’s a uniform that’s seen minimal design changes over the years, and the consistency bumps them up.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

17: New York Giants

New York Giants 1981-1999

2018 Rank: 13

The Giants’ uniform is fantastic in many ways. The only annoyance I have are the silver pants, which need to be discontinued. I’d also like to see the team switch to more blue on their road uniform, rather than featuring all blue and no red on the home, and all red and no blue on the road. Especially if the team decides to bring back the red alternate jerseys.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

16: Cleveland Browns

2007 Browns

2018 Rank: 23

The Browns are the reason these rankings took so long. Just yesterday, the team announced they’re wearing the Color Rush combo as the primary, something I saw coming but wanted it to be confirmed. It’s by far their best uniform; my only gripe is that I wish they had white pants of the same design to wear with the look, as well as an away uniform that matched the palette of their Color Rush, regardless of pants color. Something tells me the team’s new uniforms will resemble this in 2020.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

15: Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars Unused

2018 Rank: 21

Definite upgrade over the 2013-2017 boondoggle which became the laughingstock of the NFL, but last season I figured the multiple uniform combinations would blow the look. That wasn’t the case, and the team looked fantastic in every combo except the mono-teal, which hasn’t taken the field yet. I would, however, love to see the team ditch their black pants which has always taken away from the look, as well as the logo patch on the jersey; nothing annoys me more.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

14: New York Jets

2018 Rank: 18

So many love to hate on this uniform, and I’ll cut them slack if they’re dressing in mono-green or mono-black. It’ll be horrendous. But if they stick to the primary home and road looks, hardly anything in the league is better looking than the Jets. It’s an updated version of the team’s 1978-1997 look, and the team couldn’t have hit a better homerun. The only drawback is the inflated ‘NEW YORK’ script across the front.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

13: Pittsburgh Steelers

2018 Rank: 12

Many love this look, but I digress. It’s iconic and historic, but for one, the logo is actually a MODIFIED version of the Steelmark logo, the original one being far better than what the team wears these days. The numbering font is a far cry from the block numbering the team used until 1996, but they get credit for reintroducing it in their throwback and Color Rush look. The logo patch on the jersey should bolt, too.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

12: Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills 1965-1973

2018 Rank: 11

Such a refreshing look compared to what the team wore between 2002-2010, arguably the worst NFL uniform of the decade. There’s a lot to love here, but a little to gripe as well. The uniform itself is flawless, but the mono-blue and mono-white combinations need to stop. Also, I’d love to see the Bills pair their Color Rush jersey with white pants, and their road jersey with the Color Rush pants.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

11: Washington Redskins

2018 Rank: 10

The Redskins would be way higher on this list if they ditched their burgundy and white pants, opting strictly for gold. Especially when paired with their white jersey, there’s no better uniform combination around. I’m not a politically correct person, but the old school 1965-69 spear defeats the Indian head logo. I know the latter is more iconic, but still, the spear logo is impeccable.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

10: Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions 1983-2002

2018 Rank: 6

The Lions had a massive uniform upgrade in 2017, fully ditching the black accents that were long overdue and a haunting reminder of the Matt Millen Era, arguably the worst NFL executive of all time. They would still be near the top-five if they a) added block numbering and b) ditched the gray alternates.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

9: Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings 2006-2012

2018 Rank: 7

It’s a look that has grown on everyone and rightfully so. It’s a simple modernized upgrade of the original unis, with a slightly different and more attractive shade of purple, which gives my favorite NFC team an even more unique look. The drawbacks are there, however. The mono-purple blows, the black facemask was a bad idea, and the numbering font needs to be simpler.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

8: San Francisco 49ers

2018 Rank: 9

If you look closely at the team’s helmet logo, it’s the same thing from the 1996-2008 trainwreck of a look. But, the 49ers were smart to bring back their cherry red and gold color scheme from the past. The look became even better when they ditched the all-black alternates and introduced a new Color Rush look reminiscent of the throwbacks the team wore back in 1994.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

7: Dallas Cowboys

2007 Cowboys

2018 Rank: 8

Nothing is more iconic than the team’s helmet logo and their white jersey combination is winning. The issue? The blue jersey. It sucks and it’s completely out of place. Ditto for the team’s pants when they bust out the blue. I don’t back the blue and probably never will. But the good news is the fact the team doesn’t wear them often.

The Primary Look

The Alternate Look

 

6: Indianapolis Colts

2007 Colts

2018 Rank: 5

The Colts keep it simple and always have. Two colors: speed blue and white. Until the Color Rush, they wore two uniform combinations, with a throwback coming during select seasons. You can’t beat the look.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

5: Chicago Bears

2007 Bears

2018 Rank: 4

The Bears look good in virtually any uniform combination. Navy blue and burnt orange is a fantastic and contrasting color scheme. The orange alternates work. The throwbacks work. And the 1930s throwback works.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

4: Los Angeles Chargers

2018 Rank: 19

The Chargers advanced more than any other team when they announced the return of the powder blue jerseys to primary status. They furthered this by switching to a yellow facemask, which might foreshadow a potential uniform change for the white jerseys. Imagine the powder blue numbering and striping. I love it. Until it happens, however, they’re stuck at #4.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

3: Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers 1961-1979

2018 Rank: 3

Nothing speaks autumn like the green and old of the Packers. Simple, iconic, with very few changes over the years.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

2: Oakland Raiders

2007 Raiders

2018 Rank: 2

Silver and black. It doesn’t get more intimidating than that. I’ll take it.

The Home Look

The Road Look

 

1: Kansas City Chiefs

2007 Chiefs

2018 Rank: 1

Red, gold, white. Red gold white. The perfect shade of red, too. This uniform has zero flaws. It’s so iconic that when the Dallas Texans became the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963, they simply modified the logo.

The Home Look

The Road Look

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6 comments

  1. Thanks for providing an interesting take on NFL uniforms. I wonder how the teams decide on uniform changes. Do they hire marketing branding experts or color psychologists to determine the right colors and logos? Do football fans really care what the players wear? The top teams are easily recognizable by the color particularly the Raiders and Packers and the Chargers easily recognizable with their bolt. The others not so much.

    1. Hi, Glen, usually the teams work with NFL Creative Properties to decide on a look and go from there. Football fans are passionate about their team’s uniforms and if a team screws up the new look, they’ll change again five seasons later, which is the minimum number of years a team is required to wear an adopted uniform. 

  2. Great and very thorough review and listings of NFL uniforms for the 2019 season, your site is so nice-looking, content is easily readable and understandable and offers lots of useful information. I have a super old NFL fan helmet of Giants but I would like to order new ones. These are also great collectibles for people like me. This Dallas Cowboys helmet looks great, I will take a further look at it. 

    1. My goal is to ultimately own every single modern-day helmet from each NFL team, including historical looks that date back to 1960 to the modern-day looks we see here in 2019. If I can really locate them, unused helmets would also pique my interest. 

  3. I appreciate the balance a fashion sense and the frequency of a uniform is determining the ranking. This shoes that a uniform may advance in rank if a combination is avoided.

    The presentation of alternatives or suggests to improve the uniform is great. It is not nice to be an ‘arm – chair – critic’ and not providing suggestions to improve.

    This also gives an insight into how the NFL is the basis for support of other industries, in this case, fashion. 

    1. The NFL is and these days, even jerseys that aren’t worn on the field are sold both at NFL Merchandise outlets and team stores. 

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