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From Boring to Flashy: Rating the 32 NFL Jerseys

Dominic KopekCorrespondent IIJanuary 9, 2017

From Boring to Flashy: Rating the 32 NFL Jerseys

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    With the lockout at hand and no new news to talk about, let's take a look at the 32 NFL jerseys and rank them from ugly to cool. 

    I will use pretty much all dark jerseys, because those are the ones with the most charisma. 

    The rating system will consist of points for being original, points for using cool colors and points for having cool designs.

32. Cleveland Browns

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 05: Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns carries against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
    Marc Serota/Getty Images

    So starting off this list is the lowly Cleveland Browns.  Not only have they had only two winning seasons since rejoining the NFL in 1999, they haven't had much style doing it. 

    I know I said I would give points for being original, but I'm just not feeling the brown, orange and white. 

    Peyton Hillis, I know you are the new cover boy, but I'm sorry, your jersey is ugly.

31. Buffalo Bills

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    I would be bummed if I played for the Bills too.
    I would be bummed if I played for the Bills too.Rick Stewart/Getty Images

    OK, Buffalo your jerseys need some help.  First of all, as you can see, the Bills use four different colors on their uniforms.  That is just a little too complex for such a simple jersey. 

    I don't know where they are going with the shoulder pad outline.  Maybe to help defenders see them better? 

    Just like Cleveland, Buffalo is struggling on the field and will continue to until they update their jerseys.

30. New York Giants

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants against the Philadelphia Eagles at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
    Nick Laham/Getty Images

    All right New York Giants, you are lucky you made it this far.  These jerseys are about as plain as they get.  No stripes, no outline of the numbers, no piping and no patches. 

    I don't know if they just wanted to make the cheapest jersey possible, but I think they have succeeded.

29. Washington Redskins

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    LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins looks to throw a pass  against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 15, 2010 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
    Chris McGrath/Getty Images

    Sorry Washington, but your color scheme is not working for me. 

    The only time it would be good to wear a Redskins jersey is at a barbeque where you will be using mustard or barbeque sauce, because those colors would blend in perfectly. 

    I can see now why Albert Haynesworth didn't want to wear that jersey anymore.

28. Oakland Raiders

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball during their game against the Denver Broncos at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Ah, the old black and silver.  These jerseys are pretty cool but only because they are classics. 

    Darren McFadden made this jersey look good this year, and I couldn't really see the Raiders changing these jerseys, but sorry Oakland, you are not going any higher on my list.

27. Minnesota Vikings

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    DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 13: Adrian Peterson #28 and Tavaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings prior to the start of the game against the New York Giants on December 13, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
    Leon Halip/Getty Images

    Minnesota Vikings jerseys are pretty cool... if you were buying one for your girlfriend. 

    I know purple and gold is supposed to represent royalty, and Brett Favre is old enough to be a king, but all in all these jerseys are pretty weak. 

    Don't tell Adrian Peterson I said that, though.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs the ball against Alan Ball#20 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
    Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    I have to admit, I like these jerseys better than the old Jacksonville ones, but there is just not much to say about them. 

    Their colors of turquoise and black are kind of cool, but not cool enough to get them inside the top 20.

25. St. Louis Rams

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 03:  3: Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams carries the ball in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks on October 3, 2010 at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
    Elsa/Getty Images

    I am glad that the Rams switched from blue and yellow to dark blue and gold.  That was a very smart decision, however, these jerseys are just OK—I wouldn't say they are top-20 worthy, either.

24. New York Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 02:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets looks on from the sideline during their game against the Buffalo Bills at New Meadowlands Stadium on January 2, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
    Al Bello/Getty Images

    Mark Sanchez doesn't look too happy with his attire, and I wouldn't be either.  All these jerseys are good for is hiding grass stains. 

    I do like how they have the off-color shoulder with the opposite color number.  That gets a bonus style point for me.  Other than that, I don't see much flair in these jerseys.

23. Indianapolis Colts

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts passes against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
    Scott Boehm/Getty Images

    Peyton has made this jersey look pretty good for awhile.  The truth is, it is not very good looking, though. 

    With a couple measly stripes and no flair, these jerseys aren't even close to the best in the league. 

22. Dallas Cowboys

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 21:  Jon Kitna #3 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates a 29 yards fourth quarter touchdown with teammates Chris Gronkowski #44 and Marion Barber #24 at Dallas Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the
    Leon Halip/Getty Images

    Sorry boys, but these jerseys aren't doing anything for me.  I kind of liked the old school look with the stars on the shoulders. 

    If you bring those back you might be able to crack the top 20.

21. Kansas City Cheifs

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback Matt Cassell #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs hands off to running back Larry Johnson #27 during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    With a sea of red coming towards you, that could be kind of scary.  These jerseys are great for hiding blood stains, or ketchup-and-mustard stains as well.  The Chiefs should work some more black into their jerseys. Then they would be getting a little bit more respect.

20. Tampa Bay Buccanears

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    TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
    J. Meric/Getty Images

    These jerseys are not too bad—if you are comparing them to the creamsicle jerseys, then we have a different story. 

    The Bucs could use some of that metallic steel color in their jersey, and maybe they would start getting some more respect.

19. Chicago Bears

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs the ball against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    These jerseys aren't too bad.  They have some classic tendencies in them, and blue and orange go together pretty well. 

    The only thing I would change is the long, skinny numbers.  Make those a little more block style and then these jerseys would be much cooler.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the New York Jets in the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers won 24 to 19.  (Photo by Grego
    Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    It's hard to argue against the black-and-yellow uniforms that the Steelers bring out. 

    The only thing I would change would be to throw a blue stripe in there, maybe around the numbers or on the shoulder-pad stripe. 

    If they added that, these jerseys would be fly.

17. Detroit Lions

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    DETROIT - OCTOBER 31:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at Ford Field on October 31, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Redski
    Leon Halip/Getty Images

    The Lions did a lot of things right when they updated their jerseys a few years ago.  They probably have the coolest number design in the entire league. 

    All in all, these are pretty good jerseys. They just don't match up well with the ones inside the top 15.

16. New Orleans Saints

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 12:  Drew Brees #9  of the New Orleans Saints looks to throw the ball during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome on December 12, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
    Chris Graythen/Getty Images

    Ranking just outside the top 15, the Saints show us how to use the color gold.  These jerseys are pretty solid, and with the colors that they have, they can't do much more with them. 

    Overall, they just lack the creativeness to have a top 10 jersey.

15. San Francisco 49ers

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Frank Gore #21 of San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball during the NFL International Series match between Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium on October 31, 2010 in London, England. This is the fourth
    Chris McGrath/Getty Images

    I like the recent changes that the 49ers have made to their jerseys.  Getting rid of the shadows of the numbers was a positive change for them. 

    These jerseys are pretty simple, though. If they added some gold piping around the numbers, they might be moved up a few spots.

14. Green Bay Packers

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers calls out from under center against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Gett
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    The Packers get some bonus points for originality.  They have had these same jerseys since the Acme era, and they still look good in them.

    These jerseys are a million times better than those, so they made one change and stuck with it. Fresh off a Super Bowl win, I don't think these jerseys will be changing any time soon.

13. Seattle Seahawks

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks scrambles against the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
    Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

    These Seattle jerseys are pretty solid.  I love the lime green that they use to accent the other colors.  I like the logo on the shoulders as well. 

    The only thing I would add would be a lime-green outline of the numbers.  They should at least give it a shot and see how it looks.

12. Tennessee Titans

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates after making a 12 yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Titan
    Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    Tennessee's jerseys are pretty fly.  The baby and dark blue work pretty well together.  I also like the logo on the shoulders. 

    The only thing I would add would be more red to the attire.  Put some piping on the sides of the jerseys and call it good.

11. Baltimore Ravens

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    BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 7:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the bal against the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Dolphins 26-10. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
    Larry French/Getty Images

    Ray Rice and the Ravens make purple look good.  These jerseys have it all.  Cool looking numbers, shoulder logo, double piping on the numbers. 

    I wouldn't really change anything, but they still lie right outside the top 10.

10. Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles scrambles against the Green Bay Packers during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Tro
    Chris Trotman/Getty Images

    The Eagles did it right when they changed from their old green to this new turquoise green.  They are looking good with cool numbers and shoulder logos. 

    The small shadow on the numbers adds a nice touch as well. 

9. New England Patriots

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots stands on the field during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa
    Elsa/Getty Images

    You can't really say anything bad about the Patriots jerseys. 

    They are a vast upgrade from their previous jerseys and they have everything needed to be a good jersey.

8. Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13:  Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans comes scores as he get's his foot down in the endzone in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2010 in Houston, Texas. Baltimore
    Bob Levey/Getty Images

    These uniforms are great.  Every time I see the Texans in their blood-red color, it's hard not to watch (just like all the players watching Johnson make an amazing catch). 

    Johnson makes it look easy and does it with style.

7. Arizona Cardinals

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 31:  Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals comes to the line against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
    Harry How/Getty Images

    The Cardinals have done a couple things right in the past few years.  One was draft Larry Fitzgerald, the other was to update their jerseys. 

    They don't have the shoulder logo, like some other teams, but they put one on the back above the name.  That's a nice touch that no other team has, so they get extra points for originality.

6. San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers hands the ball off to running back Mike Tolbert #35 against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald
    Donald Miralle/Getty Images

    These jerseys are great.  How can you hate on the baby blue and yellow.  They have the shoulder logo along with the multi-colored number piping. 

    There is no denying that these are great jerseys, however, they are just outside the top five.

5. Denver Broncos

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    DENVER - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos looks on against the San Diego Chargers at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    Tim Tebow had the best-selling jersey for awhile last year.  Was this because of Tim Tebow himself or the fact that Denver has really cool jerseys?  Probably a combination of both. 

    I love the blue and orange, and these jerseys are great upgrades on the old ones.  I also love the solid-orange alternate jerseys that they throw out there.

4. Miami Dolphins

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 04:  Running back Ronnie Brown #23 and Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins runs against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
    Marc Serota/Getty Images

    The Miami Dolphins may be struggling the past couple years, but it's not because of their jerseys.  These jerseys are great.  They have the shoulder logo, the number piping and great color scheme. 

    The best part about them is that they have been relatively the same forever and still look great.  Kudos, Dolphins.

3. Cincinnati Bengals

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    CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 26: Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals 34-20.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Imag
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    The Bengals might have been called the Bungles before, but they have always looked good in orange and black.  The stripes on the shoulders are great to go along with the 3-D numbers. 

    The solid orange, along with the solid black, are both great home jerseys. 

    There is no denying that they have a top-three jersey.

2. Atlanta Falcons

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    ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 02:  Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons runs upfield during the game against the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome on January 2, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
    Scott Halleran/Getty Images

    The Atlanta Falcons might have the coolest logo in the entire league, and they work it well with their jerseys. 

    The red, black and white go awesome together, and with the tri-colored shoulder and the mini logo, you cant go wrong.  All in all, these jerseys are pretty awesome.

    Now for the No. 1 jersey in the league....

1. Carolina Panthers

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 15:  DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Ima
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    These jerseys are just down right cool.  You can't go wrong with the baby blue, black and silver. They have the triple stripe on the shoulder with the mini logo. 

    These solid blacks along with the baby-blue alternates are downright the best jerseys in the league and they have been the same ever since the Panthers joined the league. 

    Good work Carolina. You can keep having losing seasons as long as you look good doing it.

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