Each NFL team's best throwback or alternate uniform
The Falcons should wear these 1966 throwbacks for every game. Every practice, for that matter, too. And, just to be safe, throw 'em on for training camps and minicamps as well. They're fantastic.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The creamsicle orange uni's are associated with some of the darkest days of the Bucs' franchise history but should still be appreciated. Bucco Bruce is a logo that easily tops the one they currently use on their helmets, and that jersey color, while garish to some and unheralded during its time, would fit in well with the league's current trends.
You're going to see a pattern unfold in the coming slides, and that pattern involves black-on-black uniforms. When done right, an all-black getup comes across as sharp and intimidating, as it does here for the Panthers. It's certainly better than any of their blue alternates.
New Orleans Saints
Another pattern you'll notice: Some franchises are smoothest in their Color Rush uniforms, like the Saints. The gold numbers pop on the crisp white tops, as do the stripes on the shoulder pads. You know a design is splendid when it can make a unit as ugly as New Orleans' defense look nice.
Since the Texans are the NFL's newest team, they don't have a deep repertoire of throwbacks. Therefore, the choice comes down to their alternate red jerseys, which they've worn with both white and navy pants. The navy version gets the nod here, as it ties in very nicely with the helmets.
These Colts throwbacks are relatively simple, but that doesn't mean they aren't worthy of some respect. That dark blue helmet beats the one that Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton and Co. use on Sundays these days, and the retro jerseys are clean. Indianapolis doesn't stray from their usual home and away sets often, but it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if they did every once in a while.
Nothing the Jaguars wear is even remotely passable, and because of that, they're the only team in pro football to not be given a "best" uniform. This gallery refuses to encourage anything they do when it comes to on-field style, so instead, enjoy this photo of their stadium, then move on.
The Titans haven't rocked these throwbacks in quite a while, which begs the question: Why? That color is gorgeous, and the oil derrick logo is awesome (imagine Derrick Henry in a helmet featuring the derrick logo. Mind = blown). Besides, it's not like what they use on a weekly basis is that special.
Call these threads the highlighters, the Mountain Dew uniforms or whatever other negative term you can think of. While you're busy being wrong, the Seahawks will be busy looking fresh. Leave it to Seattle, who's basically the Oregon of the NFL, to pull off arguably the most aggressive Color Rush uni created.
Just because a color isn't a part of a franchise's everyday scheme doesn't mean it can't work. Take Arizona's black jerseys, for example. Are cardinals black? No. Does that mean the Cardinals can't don these tough alternates? Also no. Open your minds, people. Alternates are called alternates for a reason: They're supposed to be different from what's standard.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams could've extended Jeff Fisher for another 20 years, and that still would make more sense than the fact that they don't take the field in these old uni's more often. That's because their reluctance to do so makes zero sense. Negative sense, even. Give your fans something to be happy about, Los Angeles. This is one of the top designs in all of football.
San Francisco 49ers
These are far from perfect, but they're basically the only alternates the 49ers have, and below the neck, they have potential. Sure, the helmet looks pretty bad perched atop the black-on-black, but if San Fran coupled the jersey and pants with headgear that flows better with the rest, then the Niners might be on to something. Now, though, they're only halfway there.
San Diego Chargers
The powder blues make up one of the greatest looks in all of sports, not just on the gridiron. If you had to stare at just one color for the rest of your time on the planet, San Diego's alternate hue would be a solid pick, because it's beautiful. One of the few things the Chargers have gotten right over the past few years.
Kansas City Chiefs
When it comes to picking a uniform for the Chiefs, it comes down to their all-reds or their all-whites. The former, unfortunately, is too ketchup-y, so the latter wins out. It's not exceptional and also isn't among the upper echelon of white-on-white designs, but it's a fine ensemble.
That helmet is wonderful. Just wonderful. And, when it's combined with the vibrant orange jersey, it forms a superb Color Rush uniform. If you didn't like Seattle's Color Rush design, then you probably don't like these, either. If that's the case, well, your life is somewhat sad.
The Raiders will forever be associated with the silver and black, and rightly so; it's a legendary combo. But if they ever wanted to switch things up, Oakland wouldn't need to search any further than what they did on the Color Rush front. On paper, you wouldn't expect the silver mesh so well on the white, but in the end, the two work together flawlessly.
Chicago's Color Rush was pretty mediocre, and their one throwback they use somewhat consistently is as well. Their orange jerseys, on the other hand, do get the job done. They haven't dusted these off for a few seasons, and probably should only employ them sparingly, but in a limited role they could have some success.
Green Bay Packers
This case is similar to the one in Oakland. The Packers tend not to leave their comfort zone in the uniform department, but their Color Rush jersey offers them a sterling outfit if they ever wanted to. Vince Lombardi would probably flip out if he saw Green Bay in these, but the truth of the matter is they're very cool.
The Vikings' current uniforms are just like their quarterback, Sam Bradford: boring and forgettable. But these throwbacks? They're anything but. Purple is such an elite color, and Minnesota wastes it — except when they opt to play in these oldies but goodies.
Detroit has featured some disgusting throwbacks on Thanksgiving and in some other matchups. Therefore, the best non-traditional uniform in their closet is one they haven't even worn yet: their Color Rush's. Set to debut in 2017, the black and blue is money, and will immediately become the No. 1 option that Detroit has.
This right here is probably the king of all-black uni's. Purple should never take a backseat to any other jersey color — except when that jersey color contributes to a finished product as epic as this. Overall, it's a top tier alternate, and is as strong as Justin Tucker's leg.
Pittsburgh's black helmet is the one that you'll see in all the highlights that make up the franchise's illustrious history, but it's a little known secret that the yellow headpiece is superior. And when it's tossed on top of these alternate tops, it looks even nicer. Your grandfather may get heated about seeing the Steelers in anything other than their common uniforms, but don't let his opinion distract you from the truth: These beat those.
When Cincy sports their black jerseys, they come across more as the Cincinnati Trick or Treaters thanks to the Halloween-themed colors than they do the Cincinnati Bengals. But the orange jersey on top of white pants? That's a sweet alternate.
Most of Cleveland's revamped uniforms are dreadful, almost as if the Browns are trying to match their record. The white on orange duo, though, has some charm — and sure beats anything that stars brown as the primary color.
The Redskins have gotten more adventurous with their uniforms in recent years, but it's this throwback that beats out the other throwbacks and alternates Washington's been breaking out as of late. The rich yellow on both the pants and helmet, as well at that 'R' logo that inspires some serious nostalgia, are the main reasons why.
New York Giants
Eli Manning's facial expressions throughout the years have been more entertaining than the Giants' uniforms — that is, until they wore these half Color Rush, half throwback numbers vs. the Eagles recently. That old school Giants logo across the helmet is a gem.
For those who try to avoid Dallas' iconic star whenever possible, these uniforms will be quite unpopular. With that being said, they're an outstanding change of pace from the home and away sets the Cowboys have worn for years, which is something even the most biased of fans would have to begrudgingly admit.
Talk about an alternate uniform that needs to see the light of day again. There's nothing inherently wrong with what Philly wears most weeks, it's just a bit puzzling that these aren't brought into the mix a little more than once every few years.
New England Patriots
Almost everything in life these days has taken a step forward in the past 30 or 40 years, but it doesn't appear as if logos have. These red, white and blue New England throwbacks are legit, and the man on Tom Brady's helmet, Pat Patriot, should have never been banished.
These alternates that Miami has started to mix in don't vary much from their normal garb, but the understated teal on the jerseys proves that, sometimes, less is more. Meanwhile, the gray facemasks are an under-the-radar but important feature that boosts the overall look.
New York Jets
Another white-on-white pairing that demonstrates some Color Rush's are best without much color. The transition from the green to white facemask is a welcome one that makes the experience of watching the Jets QBs under center slightly more bearable.
Like the rival Patriots, one of the Bills' older helmets deserves more respect. However, Buffalo would benefit more from switching things up with their jersey and pants, too, when they opt to throw it back from the collar up.