12. Detroit Lions
Aug 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) makes a catch during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
The Lions probably jump up a few spots due to (unintentional) home town bias. I’m not afraid to admit that. That being said, I think the Honolulu blue jerseys look amazing both on TV and in the stadium.
The liberal over-use of black outline is not very good, however. They’d be better off removing the black touches completely, including returning to a blue (or possibly gray) face mask. Honolulu blue and silver is a great combination, no need to muddle it up.
I’m not typically one to get over excited about alternate uniforms (the Lions have yet to ever settle on a good one), but I think it would be fun to trot out the Barry Sanders-era threads every now and then (as long as they stay far away from the blue pants).
11. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers’ uniform has a lot of good history to it, but not everything historical is always cool. I’ve never been a fan of having the helmet logo only appear on one side, and let’s try not to talk about the striped throwbacks.
It’s a very good uniform, just maybe not quite top-10.
10. Kansas City Chiefs
Aug 17, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray (7) drops back to pass during the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Not a uniform I anticipated ranking in the top ten, but I’ve always liked the look of the bright red contrasted with the white (perhaps my high school loyalties play into it).
I like the subtle use of yellow, but the outline of the numbers is maybe a little much.
9. Minnesota Vikings
Aug 16, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Rodney Smith (83) celebrates after scoring a touchdown with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) against the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
How often in sports do we see teams really own the color purple? The Vikings do, and they do it rather excellently. It’s now a classic look that needs nothing more than a light-handed tweak every now and then.
The matte finish on the helmet looks good, and I think the black face mask here works.