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Every NFL team’s best alternate uniform, ranked

For The Win logo For The Win 7/3/2018 Steven Ruiz
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The NFL is giving teams more freedom when it comes to their uniforms in 2018. A new rule will allow teams to wear alternate uniform three times during the regular season, according to The MMQB's Albert Breer. With the new rule in place, we've ranked every team's best alternate uniforms one-trough-32. Throwback and Color Rush uniforms are included on the list…

T32. Chiefs/Colts all blue

Kansas City and Indianapolis do not really have alternate uniforms. Their "Color Rush" uniforms are their primary jerseys with a different pair of pants. Because of that, we're forced to drop them to the bottom of the list.

30. Packers' throwback

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With a few tweaks, this wouldn't be a bad look. But the khaki-colored pants and green facemasks on the helmets gives the Packers an odd look.

29. Redskins' Throwback

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These were so much cooler when they were paired with the faux leather helmets. The NFL's helmet rule ruined these throwbacks.

28. Seahawks' Wolf Grey

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Yes, we're just going to pretend like the Seahawks' volt green Color Rush set doesn't exist. The wolf grey uniforms aren't good, but at least you can look at them without damaging your eyes.

27. Lions' Color Rush

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Another all grey look that doesn't look great. The Lions kind of look like robots when they wear these.

26. Cardinals' Color Rush

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Remember when almost every sports teams started rolling out black alternates? The Cardinals are still riding that wave. While the jerseys themselves don't look bad, they don't mesh well with a white helmet.

25. Buccaneers' Color Rush

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These look so much better than the Bucs' primary set, which might be the worst uniforms in the league. But as long as the alarm clock numbers are present, we can't rank them too high.

24. Bills' Color Rush

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Meh.

23. Browns' Color Rush

The Browns' primary uniforms are an abomination that even the players despise. These are much better but there's only so much you can do with a brown and orange color scheme. Fun fact: The Browns are one of two teams that have yet to wear their Color Rush uniforms. The Redskins are the other.

22. Texans' Battle Red

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I don't mind all that red, but the Texans' uniforms could use an update.

21. Titans' baby blue

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These would have ranked a lot higher paired with a white helmet. The more the Titans look like the Oilers, the better as far as I'm concerned.

20. Bengals' orange

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The Bengals' uniforms are too busy, but the orange alternates are the least busy of the entire set.

19. Panthers' Color Rush

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The Panthers have one of the league's best color schemes but waste it on outdated jerseys.

18. Bears' orange

The Bears are bringing back the orange alternates for the 2018 season, which isn't necessarily a good thing. The Bears' primary uniforms are pretty much perfect, so alternates are completely unnecessary.

T17. Vikings' Color Rush/Steelers' Color Rush

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We're lumping these two together because they were pretty much designed with the same concept in mind: Just eliminate the white from the primary uniforms. It works for both teams.

15. Jets' Color Rush

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The green used for the Jets primary uniforms almost looks brown nowadays. These brighter, spearmint green uniforms are so much easier on the eyes.

14. Patriots' Color Rush

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Just go back to the Pat Patriot unis already. They're going for a similar look here but the presence of the Flying Elvis logo brings it down a few notches.

13. Eagles' Color Rush

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This is a slick look, but they lose points for not being the kelly green throwbacks the Eagles used to wear.

12. 49ers' throwback

The 49ers are kicking it back to the 90's with this new alternate. Drop shadow numbers are usually lame, but, somehow, it works here.

11. Jaguars' teal

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The Jaguars new primary set is uninspiring, but the teal alternates are undeniably good. They should be the first-choice uniforms.

10. Giants' Color Rush

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The best Color Rush uniforms are the ones that are basically throwbacks, as you'll see as we make our way through the top 10. The Giants clearly understood this.

9. Broncos' Color Rush

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It's time to bring back the old "D" logo, Denver. These would look a lot better with a pair of crisp white pants, however.

8. Falcons' throwback

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Seriously, what is stopping the Falcons from ditching their primary uniforms, which has way too much going on, for these handsome throwbacks?

7. Saints' Color Rush

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Another team that would look a lot better if they switched to their throwbacks full-time.

6. Ravens' all black

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These uniforms were a perfect match for this team when its defense was at its height. Even with a less intimidating defense, the all-black look fits the team and doesn't feel forced like it does for other teams with black alternates.

5. Cowboys' Color Rush

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With how weird the Cowboys white uniforms have gotten (so many different shades of blue), it may be time to make these 90's-inspired unis the team's first option.

4. Dolphins' throwback

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The Dolphins were smart to tweak their primary uniforms to look more like these, but they are still a notch below this awesome throwback.

3. Raiders' Color Rush

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The Raiders' home uniforms are perfection. The away look? Not so much. The black numbers just don't go well with the silver helmets, but the Color Rush unis solve that problem.

2. Chargers' powered blue

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It pains to me that the Chargers are not No. 1 on this list, because the powder blue look is a masterpiece. But the modernized uniforms, which features dark blue accents, detracts from this set just enough for the other team from L.A. to take the top spot.

(The Chargers also deserve credit for their excellent Color Rush uniforms.)

1. Rams' Throwback

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We are counting down the days until the Rams go back to this look full-time. We'll probably have to wait for the new stadium to open before that happens. It will be worth the wait.

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