Ranking The NFL Team Jerseys; Which Is Better, Classic Or Concept?

Alex Barrett@Alex_BarrettContributor IOctober 15, 2010

Ranking The NFL Team Jerseys; Which Is Better, Classic Or Concept?

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  An NFL logo with a pink ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness month on a football between the Tennessee Titans and the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Im
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    I had a few requests to rank the jerseys for NFL teams after I composed a slideshow of the logos, so here it is. Current jerseys are used; alternates are included, but not throwbacks.

    I wanted to keep it simple while still allowing a little bit of freedom to choose the best jersey the team has to offer at the same time. However, I may throw a few honorable mentions in there from time to time as well.

32. Cleveland Browns

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    Seneca Wallace sports the Browns' Brown.
    Seneca Wallace sports the Browns' Brown.Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

    We all know there isn't much the Browns are good at, but they do have fans that would buy their jerseys...if they didn't look so putrid.

    Nothing is brown anymore—not since 1980s station wagons went out of style.

    The simplicity of the garb accentuates the simplicity of the team.

31. Indianapolis Colts

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    Peyton Manning makes this plain jersey look a bit better.
    Peyton Manning makes this plain jersey look a bit better.Scott Boehm/Getty Images

    Peyton Manning can save his team on the field, but they get no such saving grace from their jerseys.

    The stripes to nowhere have always looked outdated, just like the uniform itself. Very plain, without enough interesting colors or trends to consider it "classic." Just plain.

30. New York Giants

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    Eli must catch tons of flies in his mouth with it hanging open constantly.
    Eli must catch tons of flies in his mouth with it hanging open constantly.Bob Levey/Getty Images

    Hey look, it's the Colts' jerseys, in red. They moved the stripes down a bit to mold around the shoulders, but they still stop in the middle of nowhere.

    The jerseys are plain again, with generic lettering and styling.

    The blue alternate jerseys are worthy of being ranked lower than this, as the whole team looks like a bundle of blueberries on the field when they wear them.

29. New Orleans Saints

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    Jerseys are lame, but feature a gentle Brees through them.
    Jerseys are lame, but feature a gentle Brees through them.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    I actually like the black Saints jerseys more, but it seems they have abandoned them this year, and luckily for the fans, they abandoned those gold ones last season.

    At least they attempt to add some color around the numbers and name, and the pants are decent, although they remind me of David Bowie's pants in Stardust. Thinking of that made me want to put them below the Browns just now.

28. Dallas Cowboys

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    I had to use the photo of my Titans turning Romo into a sack lunch.
    I had to use the photo of my Titans turning Romo into a sack lunch.Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    Plain is an understatement in the Cowboys' uniforms. They're lower than normal because I personally liked the older jerseys with the big star on the shoulder that Dallas brings back from time to time.

    Regular styling, sleeve stripes and a neutral blue ruin these jerseys.

27. Kansas City Chiefs

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    Does red make Matt Cassel look fat?
    Does red make Matt Cassel look fat?Joe Robbins/Getty Images

    They look like giant fire trucks charging down the road, but the red has always been a great color.

    The only drawback in the simplistic design is that they look like the Kansas City Ronald McDonalds.

26. New York Jets

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    At least the green is an interesting shade.
    At least the green is an interesting shade.Rick Stewart/Getty Images

    Not even Sexy Rexy can save Gang Green in this battle. Being a person who likes the color green quite a bit, I just have to point out that these unis are pretty plain as well.

    The contrasting colors on the sleeves and one shoulder stripe are a good reprieve from the normal stripes, but they can't pull these jerseys out of the bottom 10.

25. Philadelphia Eagles

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    Great helmets, bad shirts.
    Great helmets, bad shirts.Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    The Eagles uniforms excite you from the head to the neck, sporting a great helmet (though I like the older ones better.) The jerseys throw some changes in, but again we just see plain colors and an out-of-place-looking logo on the sleeves.

24. Oakland Raiders

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    Jason Campbell's fly looks to be opening up...
    Jason Campbell's fly looks to be opening up...Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    The Raiders won my contest for best logo, and they proudly sport it on their helmets. Their jerseys only made it this far because of the unique silver and black color scheme utilized.

    This is a team that will probably never change their jerseys, and I don't see how they even would if they could—but would a silver side stripe kill anyone?

23. Minnesota Vikings

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    Pirouette!Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    The Vikes have a great helmet and awesome color scheme. This jersey just looks too much like a women's roller derby team to me.

    It is a valiant effort to space themselves from the regular-looking jerseys that Minnesota sported in the past, and they've worn them a lot this season so far as well.

    I can't help but think this jersey might be better if they switched colors with the Jets; the purple is just too much.

22. Houston Texans

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    They look like defunct sailors.
    They look like defunct sailors.Chris Graythen/Getty Images

    The red, white and blue colors are overused quite a bit in team color schemes, and the Texans are the worst of the bunch.

    A very small shoulder stripe looks out of place, and I can't help but think they would be better matched with a gray base with red and blue accents.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    They are so bad, MJD is trying to crawl out of them.
    They are so bad, MJD is trying to crawl out of them.Marc Serota/Getty Images

    I like the teal coloring and the number styling but can't understand the terrible piping on the jersey's front, sides and back (piping because it isn't large enough to be a stripe).

    The class is getting better, but still far away from good. This jersey is another example of roller derby unis.

20. New England Patriots

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    Tom needs to watch that hair, before someone takes him down by his golden locks.
    Tom needs to watch that hair, before someone takes him down by his golden locks.Marc Serota/Getty Images

    The Patriots have that red/white/blue scheme but alter the colors a bit from their old unis, adopting a stronger red and more of a navy blue.

    The silver adds some good accents, but the jersey itself is kind of plain.

    I will point out that the logo on the sleeve doesn't look as out of place as the one on the Philly jersey.

19. Green Bay Packers

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    When his career is over, Rodgers may make this uni look better than number 4 did.
    When his career is over, Rodgers may make this uni look better than number 4 did.Win McNamee/Getty Images

    They make it this far on classic draw, because these uniforms have never been really innovative, nor is it an appealing color scheme, but if you have ever been to Wisconsin they make sense: yellow cheese and green grass.

18. Buffalo Bills

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    Saw this photo, had to use it.
    Saw this photo, had to use it.Rick Stewart/Getty Images

    The lone red/white/blue scheme keeps it clean while using a good color set with vibrant attributes. They tie in great to the classic logo.

    That is the ugliest buffalo I have ever seen though. It looks more like something from Where the Wild Things Are.

17. San Francisco 49ers

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    Frank Gore came from another great jersey styling, The U.
    Frank Gore came from another great jersey styling, The U.Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    The red is simple, but the color is different and just flows nicely with the gold. Another classic that hasn't been altered too much, but the jersey I like the best from them are their black alternate ones they rarely ever wear, so infrequently so that I couldn't acquire a picture of them.

    I will say they would have been higher if they had kept last season's styling, however.

    I am not sure if I would like it or not, but maybe change the number style to the old-time-looking original "49" look, just to see if it works—it did for the Ohio State Nike Pro Combat uniforms.

16. Washington Redskins

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    McNabb helps the uni's look a little better in the win column.
    McNabb helps the uni's look a little better in the win column.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    I am a fan of the maroon, but the mustard yellow coloring is borderline nauseating. The uniforms have a classic feel although they have been altered a bit from the older rags, but the sleeves don't have too much on them, and they continue to look good on the field.

15. Arizona Cardinals

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    Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and BenJarvus Green-Ellis have a real future in law after their careers in football end.
    Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and BenJarvus Green-Ellis have a real future in law after their careers in football end.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Nice color combination for one that is used often. Again, I prefer the black uniforms they wear.

    The layering that is a bit difficult to see around the shoulders and arm sleeves really sets the uniform apart from others, and the pants have an interesting asymmetrical design as well.

14. St. Louis Rams

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    Mighty Mouse sure is making a case for himself.
    Mighty Mouse sure is making a case for himself.Leon Halip/Getty Images

    The Rams switched their colors from French's mustard yellow to gold after their Super Bowl victory in 2000 and also changed their flat blue for a deeper navy. The colors mesh well along with the helmet to create a visually appealing jersey.

    The logos on the sleeve are down low enough and bordered by contrasting colors that help them pop.

13. Seattle Seahawks

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    Is it blue? Gray?
    Is it blue? Gray?Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    The blue-ish, gray-ish pewter color the Seahawks use is a great original color, and I have always been a fan of the neon-colored accent on their logo that shines through in the piping and striping of the jerseys.

    A side note: I love the Day-Glo green jerseys that are all neon green. People bash them, but they're just going along with the crowd. Those unis are awesome.

12. Chicago Bears

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    Peppers is a bear in Chicago.
    Peppers is a bear in Chicago.Geoff Burke/Getty Images

    Bright orange and navy is an interesting scheme, but this jersey is a classic, and the "GSH" on the arm to pay homage to George Halas is a great touch.

    The Bears didn't forget their roots when designing these jerseys, and while they may switch up the color a bit (see the all-orange alternates), this is one jersey I don't think will ever really change.

11. Miami Dolphins

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    Helloooo nurse!
    Helloooo nurse!Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

    They're teal and orange, and from Florida. What's not to like? Then, when you get tired of the teal, they break out the orange alternates. Boom goes the dynamite.

10. Atlanta Falcons

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    Matty Ice
    Matty IceMatt Sullivan/Getty Images

    The Falcons have a sharp, modern design to go with their logos. The shoulder design reaches down the side, and the striping down the pants has an original look that bleeds to the socks. Bring back the red helmets.

9. Carolina Panthers

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    How long will it be until there is an expansion team with pink in their color scheme?
    How long will it be until there is an expansion team with pink in their color scheme?Chris Graythen/Getty Images

    The Panthers exploit one of the greatest color combos you can get in football: black and blue. Throw the silver in there, and these jerseys look great streaking down the field.

    The black alternates have a nice look to them as well, and the large crescent shoulder colors with the "tooth" pant design really set these outfits off.

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 10: Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gets set to pass to pass against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
    Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

    I really like the bronze coloring the Bucs put to use, and they have an interesting red to go along with it. The old-school orange pays homage to their forgettable past, but at least that's the only thing they strive to recreate from their "Yucks" days.

7. Tennessee Titans

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    Can't spell victory without VY.
    Can't spell victory without VY.Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    The off-setting blues work well with Nashville's finest, the number styling is unique and alternate logos on the sleeve are better than their normal ones.

    The baby blue flushes well no matter what way it is styled, making these jerseys look just as good as the whites and the navy concepts.

6. Baltimore Ravens

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    Another Miami man...
    Another Miami man...Larry French/Getty Images

    Unique number styling, great throwback Baltimore shield on the sleeves and a vibrant purple make the Ravens' jerseys top-notch. The black ones also work well, as do the whites with nice colored accents.

    Ray Lewis has made purple a feared man's color.

5. Detroit Lions

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    DETROIT - OCTOBER 10: Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions looks for running room after getting past Craig Dahl #43 of the St. Louis Rams on October 10, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 44-6. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Ima
    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    The Lions underwent a makeover with their logo and jerseys recently, and I dig the more aggressive look. They went from a neutral styling to one that still looks classic, but updated.

    A lot of the plain teams can take a hint from the Lions, as they don't really add much, but a simple style change on the numbers and bolder stripes on the sleeves go a long way.

4. San Diego Chargers

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Legedu Naanee #11 of the San Diego Chargers warms up before their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 10, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    I don't really like the small bolts on the shoulders that end nowhere, but it isn't enough to stop this jersey. The colors meld great with the yellow, and the base colors they manipulate all look great.

    The number font is original, and if the Bolts just changed the logo size and placement a bit, they would be awesome unis.

3. Cincinnati Bengals

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    Too much striping would have been painful.
    Too much striping would have been painful.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    They're Bengals, and that's what they look like. The black jerseys look cool with the orange accents and striping, but the orange jerseys are where it's at in the Nati.

    Thankfully, the Bengals didn't stripe the whole jersey, but you know someone in Cincinnati had that idea at one point in time.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 03: Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the Baltimore Ravens on October 3, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    The Steel City has great uniforms that are classic, but that's okay because back when the Steel Curtain ruled the gridiron, they were way before their time. Great number styling, bold and aggressive colors, and an overall sharp feel make these jerseys all-time awesome.

1. Denver Broncos

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 26:  Eddie Royal #19 of the Denver Broncos receives a punt gainst the Indianapolis Colts at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Colts defeated the Broncos 27-13.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Imag
    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    The Broncos originated the Orange Crush jerseys, and they still use them. The first is almost always the best, and that holds true to Denver in a time where orange alternates are being used by many teams.

    The navy is an update from the old blue as many teams are doing, but the Broncos also originated the "tooth" design down the legs of the pants. The jerseys flow well, add innovative styling and mile-high salute their predecessors.