Tom Brady found his rhythm late in white at home to beat the Cowboys on Sunday. Photo by Getty Images
Week 6 in the NFL brought much more uniform action than usual. We saw everything from throwbacks to alternate jerseys to a white jersey at home from a team that never does and a team wearing colors, that never does.
We’ll focus on the Patriots choice of white at home to force the Cowboys into their bad luck blues. While the Patriots seemed to be thrown off by the switch for much of the game, Tom Brady finally acclimated to the new threads in time to lead a game-winning drive in the game’s waning moments.
It was truly a bold move by the Patriots to go with these white uniforms at home. The news came out earlier in the week that this would happen, and it would be to force to Cowboys into their road blues they have not worn in quite some time. As a Giants fan, I was in favor of this move, but I hope it does not become a trend among other teams in the NFL.
The Cowboys road blues use a much darker blue and feature a star on the sides of the shoulders, a feature not seen in the usual home uniforms. They are certainly ugly uniforms and I understand why the Cowboys try to avoid wearing them at all costs.
The Patriots uniforms are nice, pretty much a typical road jersey. New England could have also gone for a silver look they wore a few times in their past, and still forced the Cowboys to go with their blue uniforms.
With that, we’ll move on to a busy quick hits:
James Starks joined the Acme Packers on Sunday in a helmet that was trying to simulate leather helmets of old. Photo by Getty Images
- The Packers wore a 1920s throwback against the Rams on Sunday. The brown helmets are supposed to simulate a leather helmet the team wore back in the day. However, it ends up looking more like a Notre Dame uniform. The numbers in the circles are very strange, but I guess that’s what they did back in the 20s.
- The Bengals wore an orange alternate against the Colts. They are not as good as the usual black uniforms, but not all that offensive since the helmet is also orange.
- The Falcons wore a very nice throwback in their victory over the Panthers. I love the red helmet along with the black jersey. It’s probably the best look Atlanta has ever worn.
Posted by jssutton7 on October 18, 2011
Brian Urlacher may seem happy here, but he couldn't have been thrilled with what he was wearing. Photo by Getty Images
As per usual, there was not too much noise made in the NFL this week in the world of uniforms, so I will keep this relatively short.
The Bears went with a look they have gone to in the recent past, but one I was hoping they had abandoned last season.
On two occasions, da Bears went with a throwback last season. I liked the way the orange numbering blended into the dark blue jersey. I also enjoyed the gray facemask which usually indicates a throwback uniform.
The blank helmet was the most distinguishing feature of the uniform that made it a throwback. The look worked considering the history of the Bears.
Now, Sunday’s uniform choice did not have those same nice features. The most 0ffensive aspect of this uniform is obviously the orange. It’s somewhat blinding and does not make you want to watch the game anymore. When it was matched against the yellow in the Packers jersey, it made what was a pretty good game not enjoyable.
I also think it takes away from a great rivalry game. If the Bears had gone with their usual home uniforms, the game would have a better feel to it. It was tough to take the game all that serious with the Bears in these stupid uniforms.
Now, apparently, these uniforms are a sort of throwback as the Bears used to wear orange home uniforms in the 30s. Those uniforms had navy numbers though, which makes me think these monstrosities (of the Midway) are simply alternates.
Anyway, that’s my rant on that. Here’s your weekly quick hits:
Pierre Thomas and the rest of the Saints looked great Sunday in these throwbacks. Photo by Getty Images
- The Saints went with a throwback Sunday in their victory over the Texans. It’s a pretty good look, especially the stripes on the side of the sleeves. The Fluer de Lis is slightly bigger than the current helmet is and the pants are a different shade of gold but it’s nice. While it may remind fans of a time when the Saints were constant losers, it’s nice to see this look make a comeback.
- The Vikings also went with throwbacks. That have similar characteristics withthe Saints. The stripes on the sleeves are very nice as well as the stripe on the white pants. The color of the helmet is also a bit of a darker purple which works well, and the Vikings logo is slightly different than the current one. The Vikings also had a different look during the 90s.
- Bad job by the Chargers going with white uniforms at home. I mean, they have the best uniforms in all of sports, use them, please.
- Lastly, a tip of the cap to the Rams, who must have read this blog last week because they went back to their gold pants for Sunday’s loss to the Ravens.
That’s all for this week, if there’s anything I missed or you want to add your comments, please feel free.
Posted by jssutton7 on September 26, 2011