Seven NFL teams in total are debuting new uniforms entering this season, meaning there will be a lot of new looks on the field this season. With Washington’s rebrand finally released, even though it’s temporary, we have an idea of what each team will look like when they take the field in 2020. Now that every new uniform is officially released, it seems like an appropriate time to rank them all from #1-32.
It may not mean much, but ranking uniforms is fun exercise and an excellent discussion starter. In the rankings below, everything uniform-related was taken into account, including different color and jersey combinations, logos, and more.
32. Atlanta Falcons
New day, new drip. pic.twitter.com/Lvc74QgJgh— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) April 8, 2020
To me, there’s no question Atlanta’s new jerseys are the ugliest in the NFL. What makes it even worse is their old look was pretty great, but now it looks like they tried way too hard to modernize. The number font is ugly, the giant “ATL” just doesn't fit, and the gradient jersey might be the single worst in the entire league.
There’s potential here — the Falcons have a great color scheme, and maybe the uniforms will look better on the field, but for now they take #32 on the list.
31. Los Angeles Rams
May 13, 2020
Much like the Falcons, the Rams’ old uniforms were great, but the redesign was a big mistake. The blue is a few shades too bright, the helmet logo looks like it’s the Chargers, and their new ‘Bone’ color for their away jerseys would have been better off staying white. Honestly, it looks like Ikea bought the team and rebranded it.
30. New York Jets
Another recently redesigned team, the Jets’ new uniforms aren’t terrible, but they simply look out of place in the NFL. The new logo is okay, but the font and weird shoulder stripes just don't cut it. Generally, teams tend to over design their new uniforms, but the Jets kept their new jerseys (pun intended) fairly simple. That being said, the Jets’ “Gotham Green” and white look isn't enough to get them out of the worst three uniforms in the NFL, and their ugly all black alternates don't help, either.
29. Tennessee Titans
With the Titans we’re into ‘solid but not as good as everyone else’ territory when it comes to uniforms. Tennessee, who also has a fairly new look, has a nice logo and concept with their jerseys. However, the dark blue/light blue color combination doesn't look right and there is a little too much going on with the shoulders. Besides a few flaws, these unis aren't too bad — they actually looked great running all over the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots in the playoffs last year.
28. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle’s uniforms aren’t bad, but their design is still over-complicated with a few too many stripes, designs, and colors going on. Their highlighter green color rush is the most obnoxious jersey in the NFL as well. Besides that though, their away jerseys always look great with the white top and dark blue pants, and their unique wrap-around-the-back-of-the-helmet logo is both sleek and original.
27. Houston Texans
The Texans’ red and dark blue color combination works, but it’s still one of the worst in the NFL. Much like Seattle, when paired with a white in their away jerseys, the uniforms look a lot better. The red alternate looks pretty great as well, as does their logo. The Texans have decent uniforms, but they’re nothing to write home about.
26. Denver Broncos
Overall, the Broncos have average NFL uniforms, and that’s about it. The orange is nice and it pairs well with the dark blue, but there’s nothing that really stands out. Their all-orange throwbacks with the old logo are their best in my opinion, even though their current logo works fine as well. There’s not much to critique about these jerseys, but not much to compliment, either.
25. Washington Football Team
It's the uniforms for us pic.twitter.com/7BGOmSqjMY— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) July 23, 2020
The Washington NFL franchise, formerly know as the Redskins, rebranded with the incredibly creative moniker of the “Washington Football Team”. It’s a temporary name for now, but it looks like the team will stick with it through the 2020 season. Lacking a real mascot doesn't leave much room for creativity, but overall these uniforms are decent. I always liked Washington’s uniforms and colors back before they were the “Football Team”, but without any logos (and missing a stripe now too) they look like a generic high school team. Still, the number on the side of the helmet is kind of cool and their away uniforms look a lot better. No. #25 on this list is rather generous now that I think about it.
24. Detroit Lions
The blue and grey isn't bad, the logo isn't bad, and the overall design isn’t bad — like Denver, there isn't much to talk about here. Well, except for the Lions’ all grey color rush, which is just insanely bad. Besides that, it’s a solid look overall.
23. Cincinnati Bengals
This is a Steelers site, which means I shouldn’t probably say anything nice about the Bengals, but it’s hard to deny that their helmets are pretty great. Actually, the tiger stripes throughout the jersey are unique and interesting, but that’s about it for these uniforms. There's a little too much going on with trying to incorporate three colors prominently all at once, and despite the striping, these uniforms don't stand out as anything special. If the team stuck with their all white alternates more often they might be higher on this list, but for now they are the worst ranked AFC North team.
22. Carolina Panthers
Some people love the Panthers’ uniforms, and other people hate them. Overall, I think that they have good jerseys that just don’t look as great as some of the more classic looks other teams have. Still, the black, grey, and blue are nice colors, and if the Panthers would start playing better again perhaps their uniforms would look better as well.
21. Cleveland Browns
True to ourselves.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 15, 2020
True to our loyal fans.
True to who we’ll always be.https://t.co/VwRW3sfRSx pic.twitter.com/HbQYZQEu9N
The first mistake Cleveland made was naming their team the Browns. I mean, I understand that Paul Brown was a great coach, but naming the team after him required that the uniforms be brown — which is not a good uniform color. Cleveland did release new unis this year though that are a throwback to what they wore in the early 2010’s, and it’s infinitely better than the mess they wore last year. Still, the all-brown color rush is a big fail, even though the retro striping of the home and away makes up for it. These uniforms are the best that can be done with a bad color scheme, earning them a higher than you’d expect spot on this list.
20. Chicago Bears
I know that ranking such a classic look so low probably appears sacrilegious to most NFL fans, but strip away the history and these jerseys aren’t quite as great. Still, Chicago pulls off the blue and orange better than Denver, and nearly every part of their uniform is iconic, which gives them a boost despite what I wrote earlier. Good uniforms, just not great.
19. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars’ uniforms get a lot of criticism, but I don't get it. Maybe it’s because their old uniforms were so bad that these ones look better than they really are, but I’ve been a fan of this rendition of Jaguar uniforms. The simple design with the white, blue, and black is a sleek modern redesign that the Falcons and Jets tried to do but failed, but Jacksonville actually pulled it off. Is it perfect? No, but I think these are pretty good uniforms, even though I’m probably the only one.
18. Arizona Cardinals
It’s hard to go wrong with a red and white color scheme, and even though the Cardinals’ don't have the greatest jerseys, they’re still a nice look. The simple helmet and logo work great, while the added details to the jersey keep it from getting too boring. The black color rush is a great addition to the team’s collection as well.
17. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings’ uniforms are pretty solid. The horns on the side of the helmet are signature to the franchise, and the horns incorporated elsewhere on the jersey (the ‘V’ in ‘Vikings’, or on the shoulder striping) is a nice touch. A nice color scheme and well-executed design put the Vikings at no. #17 on the list.
16. New England Patriots
The look we love, promoted to primary.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 20, 2020
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The Patriots made the decision to switch up their uniforms after Tom Brady left, seemingly embracing the chance of an era in New England. The new look is essentially what their color rush was before, and it works well. Some fans still can't get over the franchise’s decision to move on from the “Pat Patriot” mascot to the “Flying Elvis” years ago, but New England’s logo looks good with the new uniforms. These jerseys aren’t anything special, but they are a nice redesign, putting the team’s uniforms in the middle of this list.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Which combo is your favorite?— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) April 7, 2020
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Tom Brady left the Patriots for a team with slightly better uniforms (in my opinion). It’s ironic that the Bucs redesigned their uniforms like the Patriots, but to welcome Tom Brady instead of moving on from him. It could be a coincidence, or maybe Brady is just that important.
Regardless, these jerseys are pretty great, and the pewter, red, and white are a great color combination. The new design is light years better than the old alarm clock look as well. Much like Cleveland, Tampa didn't bother designing anything new, but rather revisited an older look in their redesign. It might not be new, but it still looks great.
14. Baltimore Ravens
It hurts to say it, but the Ravens have pretty nice uniforms. The purple and white combination is great, and the all black alternates are a nice addition. The Raven logo is pretty solid, and the shoulder patch incorporating Maryland’s flag is a creative touch.
13. New York Giants
It’s a classic look, with a strong color scheme and nice home, away, and alternate looks. The ‘NY’ logo is a winner as well. Not much more to say.
12. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have great jerseys — the dark green, black, and white give them endless options for uniform combinations, and the wings on the helmet are obviously an essential detail. With NFL uniforms generally best when simple, the Eagles pull that off with a nice touch to distinguish them from the rest.
If Philadelphia could bring back their lighter green throwbacks they'd be ranked even higher. The NFL really needs to change it’s ‘one lid’ rule.
11. Indianapolis Colts
Speaking of simplicity, the Colts do it the best in the entire league. They have a sharp blue and white look, with some simple striping and their horseshoe logo to finish it up. It’s (again) simple, iconic, and it looks great.
10. Dallas Cowboys
I’ve read a lot of ‘ranking NFL uniforms’ articles before, and this is the lowest I think I’ve ever seen the Cowboys. Sure, they’re “America’s team.” Sure, they’re iconic. But like the Bears, if you strip away the history it’s not quite as good as it was before. It’s not like I dislike these jerseys, as the star logo and general look is classic and pretty great, but it’s the million shades of blue that throw me off. There’s probably more variations of blue than dollars in the contract that Dak Prescott turned down.
Dallas has good uniforms, and their rich history adds a legendary element to their look. Still, I don't rank them quite as high as everyone else would, but they still belong in the top 10.
9. Miami Dolphins
It’s probably a surprise to see Miami this high on the list, but just hear me out. The aquatic blue and white color scheme is a clean look, and the orange accents look great as well. It’s their throwbacks that put them this high on the list, however. The dolphin with a helmet logo never should have gone away, and the striping on the shoulders is a great touch. I’ve heard complaints that a dolphin isn't exactly the most intimidating NFL mascot, but it’s better than just “Football Team”, and the jerseys are great, which is what really matters.
8. Buffalo Bills
Buffalo just has all around great jerseys. Their logo is solid, but their color scheme is great and their blue home, white away, and red alternate jerseys are all fantastic. The Bills’ uniforms just look very NFL, and even though there isn’t anything that really stands out, they belong without a doubt in the top 10.
7. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers’ red and gold jerseys are classic, and the white numbers contrast really well. Everything is just iconic, well-designed, and looks great. Their all-white throwbacks are even better. I know I’ve said ‘strip away the history...’ a few times now, but that doesn't mean it doesn't matter at all, and 49ers’ uniforms definitely benefit from their franchise’s rich past.
6. Kansas City Chiefs
If your team has just won the Super Bowl and has the face of the entire league on it’s roster, their uniforms will look good no matter what. That’s the case with the Chiefs, but their jerseys look great regardless. The logo and red color scheme are great, leading to a simple-yet-timeless look. The Chiefs have great uniforms, it’s that simple.
5. Green Bay Packers
We enter the top 5 with the Packers, who undoubtedly have one of the more classic looks in the NFL. In fact, the entire franchise is surrounded in history, and Green Bay has found a uniform formula that they should never have to change.
4. Los Angeles Chargers
the best got better. pic.twitter.com/UTXPM8yYvI— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) April 21, 2020
It’s unusual for a redesigned uniform to make it this high on a list like this, but the Chargers knocked it out of the park with their new look and here we are. Actually, a lot of people would probably want these uniforms even higher. With an array of combinations, sharp colors, and the signature lightning bolt incorporated well into the design, Chargers fans are understandably ecstatic with their team’s new collection of jerseys.
3. New Orleans Saints
Black and gold always looks great, and the Saints have some of the best uniforms in the NFL — and they’re not even the best team to pull off that color scheme. The Fluer-De-Lis logo is incredible, as are all of their uniform combinations, especially their white and gold color rush.
2. Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders just have one of those looks that should never change, from the signature silver and black jerseys to their unique logo. It’s just perfect all around, simple, and iconic. There’s not much else to be said.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
At the top of this list is the Pittsburgh Steelers. One of the NFL’s most legendary franchises, the Steelers have the best uniforms to match. The black and gold color scheme, logo, and overall design are flawless. Simple but not too bland, the Steelers have some of the NFL’s most recognizable uniforms, and the tradition of placing the logo on only one side of the helmet remains uniquely Steelers. The team’s color rush and throwback options remain among the league’s best as well.
Sure, it’s a Steelers website, meaning I’m probably biased, but it’s hard to argue with placing the Steelers in first place. At the very least, their uniforms belong in the top 5. Pittsburgh’s iconic look hasn't changed much since their 1970’s dynasty, furthering the history of the team’s black and gold threads.
There aren’t any completely ugly uniforms in the NFL, even though some of the teams at the bottom of the list come rather close. At the top, their are some incredible looks that have stood the test of time and should for years to come.
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