Ranking all 32 NFL helmets; Can anyone beat Raiders' iconic logo?
I don't need to say much here. The logo is offensive and has no place in the NFL.
31. Cleveland Browns
The winner for most unimaginative helmet goes to the Browns. Keep in mind there are a number of teams whose helmets only have letters, and somehow they are more creative than the Browns.
30. New York Jets
We've gone from Washington's offensive logo to the Browns' plain colors to ... words! Nothing more inspiring than putting four words and a football on your head as go charging into another human at full speed. Next.
29 Cincinatti Bengals
Bengals. Tigers. Stripes. Yup, it's all there. A formula for a relatively bland helmet.
28. New York Giants
The only thing exciting about these lids is that the one on David Tyree's head once kept Tom Brady and the New England Patriots from going 19-0 and winning a Super Bowl.
27. Tennessee Titans
You're the Titans and the best you came up with was a circle supposedly representing the sun, with the letter "T" inside of it and flames coming off it? Do better. The alternative logo in which the T is also a sword is a much better idea.
26. Houston Texans
It's not the worst, but really I'm just waiting for general manager/coach Bill O'Brien to change it to a silhouette of his face after he trades the rights to the logo for a ham sandwich. It's a preemptive ranking.
25. Green Bay Packers
Yeah, the Packers' helmet is iconic. I know, I know. I also don't care. Put a block of cheese on it or something.
24. Chicago Bears
Once again, we have just a letter. In fact, it's the same C -- or pretty close -- the one used by the Cincinnati Reds. I mean were the 1898 Chicago Maroons that popular that you had to highjack their logo some 60 years later?
23. New Orleans Saints
The fleur-de-lis is an A-plus logo, but I'm not sure it's utilized the best on the Saints' current look. Plus, as the rules state, pirates and animals were given a leg up in these rankings.
22. Los Angeles Rams
All things considered, it's not bad. I'm going to give the Rams points for trying out something new with their uniforms as well. Sure, they look god awful but at least they didn't just put "LA" on their helmets and call it a day.
21. Kansas City Chiefs
Interlocking letters and a big arrowhead is probably the best the Chiefs could have done without getting stuck in the trash bin like Washington. It's not the best, but it's not the worst.
20. Indianapolis Colts
Really couldn't have come up with anything better than a horseshoe? The old bucking Colt logo from the 1960s was as great a logo as their could be. And yet, they choose to stick with the horseshoe. Pitiful.
19. Pittsburgh Steelers
Being historic and iconic can only get you so far. The Steelmark logo just isn't all that exciting. I know some people out their who are looking for their teeth are going to tell me how it's one of the most iconic in all of sports. I don't care.
18. Dallas Cowboys
Somehow "America's Team" could only come up with a star to put on their helmet. Jerry Jones needs to just go buy the Dallas Renegades logo and call it a day.
17. Philadelphia Eagles
If the Eagles went back to their light green helmets from the 1960s they'd be a lock for the top 10. As is, the current iteration with the wings coming out fo the visor on a dark green helmet is a solid look, but there's a lot of room for improvement.
16. Minnesota Vikings
Having the Vikings as a mascot is pretty cool. Not having a menacing Viking flailing a battle axe and holding a torch on your helmet is an Adam Dunn-style whiff.
15. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals could have made their logo a little more imposing or spiced up the color scheme a bit. Louisville has done a lot more with the Cardinal mascot than the folks in the desert, but at least Kyler Murray will make that helmet iconic over the next decade.
14. Denver Broncos
When comparing the Broncos to the other horse-centric team (the Colts), Denver wins in a runaway. First of all, they actually have a horse on their helmet, and it looks more or less like something out of a Sleepy Hollow-esque movie. It can stay.
Look, I love how the red and gold look and it's admittedly one of the most inconic helmets in NFL history. But you can only go so far with interlocking letters on your helmet. This is the ceiling for the 49ers' helmet, which, coincidentally, is about where I had Jimmy Garoppolo ranked in the NFL quarterback rankings.
12. Detroit Lions
The regal Lion is a good look on the silver lid, but I'd prefer a more front-facing snarling lion. Maybe that's just me though.
11. Los Angeles Chargers
It's a shame the Chargers don't have any fans, because the color scheme with the logo makes for a really cool helmet/apparel look. And their new uniforms make it look even better.
10. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks' logo is like a derpy looking chicken, but all in all, I think it fits well with the dark blue helmet. Probably could have gotten more inventive than just a side view of a bird, but the NFL is full of followers.
9. Carolina Panthers
Our baseline for jungle cat logos was the Lions. The regal Lion is solid but the Panthers took it up a notch with the front-facing Panther set against a chrome lid. It might be higher on the list if they hadn't done Cam Newton the way they did.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars
I'm partial to Jaguars, so they're starting from pole position, but the execution isn't the best. We couldn't have had it mauling a deer or something?
7. Baltimore Ravens
Once again, a profile shot of a bird. But this one looks more menacing -- kind of reminiscent of the Crebain from "Lord of the Rings" -- so they get the nod over the Seachickens.
6. Buffalo Bills
The charging Bill is a great logo, but I remain disappointed that Bills Mafia hasn't petitioned to make the new logo a drunken man belly-flopping through a table outside of the Ralph. Still, a great helmet.
5. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons win top prize among teams wth bird mascots, as they chose to utilize the whole bird and showcase a falcon that screams speed, aggression and movement. The splashes of red on the falcon give it an added edge as well, and the way its wings are separated makes it look more like the wings of Falcon from "The Avengers" than a normal bird.
4. Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins have one of the best mascots in all of sports, and the execution is pretty flawless on their iconic helmets. Just remember, laces out.
3. New England Patriots
The Flying Elvis isn't as cool as Pat the Patriot, which the Pats should make their full-time logo until they complete their journey toward the Dark Side and slap Bill Belichick's face on the side of their lids.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I mean, come on. We've got a pirate flag with two swords and a skull being flown on the blade of a pirate sword. No wonder Tom Brady wanted to head to Tompa Bay.
This one was a no-brainer. It's got George Randolph Scott's likeness with an eypatch over his right eye and two swords crossed behind him on a silver and black canvas. No one would change a thing, nor should they.