New NFL 2022 uniforms: Ranking the best alternative helmets and jerseys

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In perhaps the biggest NFL news of the summer so far, 13 teams unveiled new alternate or returning uniforms for the 2022 season.

The rash of new uniform sets comes after the NFL lifted its one-helmet rule, which prohibited teams from wearing different colored helmets.

From a few classics to new designs, some teams might be unrecognizable at first glance this season. But we have what you need.

Here is a ranking of the best new NFL uniform sets for 2022:

1. New England Patriots (backtrack)

The Pat Patriot look is iconic, and it probably should only be the patriots‘ full-time uniform. From the clean white helmet to the gorgeous red jersey, this design has no mistakes. New England fans will remember these throwbacks fondly, as their lasting memory was Tom Brady rock them in 2009 beating the Titans 59-0 in the snow.

2. Cincinnati Bengals (alternate)

Looks like these helmets have been rumored for years with fans creating photoshops. Now the all-white ensemble is a reality. This alternate look could become a staple for Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase over the next few years if Cincinnati continues to struggle. While the Bengals need to have the orange in their main set for obvious reasons, the backups will be excellent on occasion.

3. Dallas Cowboys (backtrack)

The Cowboys‘ The return of Thanksgiving from 2004 to 2012 has finally returned. The white helmet with the navy star was Dallas’ original look before switching to the now customary silver lids. To match the retro helmet, the Cowboys will wear navy jerseys with white on the shoulders and a navy star.

4. Atlanta Falcons (backtrack)

The Falcons have worn this black throwback jersey since 2016 with a black helmet, blending two eras to create an inaccurate throwback. The look is now correct, and it’s beautiful. The red helmet with the old school falcon goes well with the all black jersey. Like the Patriots, no one would be upset if this was Atlanta’s full-time look.

5. New York Giants (flashback)

While it doesn’t make much sense to have two different shades of blue for your helmet and jersey, it just works for the giants. The fact that New York won two Super Bowls wearing this ensemble may or may not have something to do with it. The jersey is simple – all blue with red and white trim – but simple is better in this case.

6. Houston Texans (alternate)

Texans uniforms badly need a spark. Houston hasn’t once updated the set since the franchise’s inception in 2002, but it’s finally adding an alternate helmet in 2022. The jerseys could still be refreshed, but there’s no doubt that the new helmets “battle red” appear. The new helmet will be paired with the Texans’ red alternate jersey.

7. Arizona Cardinals (alternate)

Speaking of teams in need of an updated uniform, I present to you the Cardinals. The Arizona look has become obsolete, with the primary red helmet clashing with the all-red bird logo. That’s why these new black helmets stand out, as the logo finally pops out when placed against a black background. These helmets will be worn with the Alternate Black and Arizona Black sets.

8. Carolina Panthers (alternate)

The Panthers, who have only worn silver helmets since the franchise’s debut in 1995, have unveiled an alternate black helmet. It’s not a terrible look, as it pairs well with any of their three jerseys, but the black logo clashes against the black background. A blue or white helmet might have looked better with the Panthers logo.

9. New Orleans Saints (alternate)

The Saints have changed things up with a black helmet that can be paired with any of their three jerseys (black, white, white color). New Orleans has worn a black helmet only once in its history – in a preseason game in 1969. Most teams with an alternate black helmet simply changed their primary color to black , so at least the Saints added the mini logos all over the top to give it some character.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (alternate)

OK, so it’s not necessarily a bad look. But was it necessary? The Eagles‘ The main green helmet worked well with the alternate black jersey. Fans weren’t asking for a alternate black helmet — the only new uniform anyone in Philadelphia wants to see is the return of kelly green, which will likely arrive in 2023. If that happens, the Eagles could top the list next season.

11. New York Jets (alternate)

Black helmets just won’t stop, will they? The Jets could have won fans over with a throwback ensemble, but instead opted for a helmet to pair with the black-colored uniform. This is the first time the Jets will wear black helmets in franchise history.

12. Chicago Bears (alternate)

The BearOrange alternate jerseys are always fun to see once or twice a year. Adding an orange helmet to go with them looks like a lot of orange. The set may look better in the field, but a white alternate helmet with the bear logo like this would have been a perfect option.

13. Washington Commanders (alternate)

I recommend Washington to try to be different… but it just doesn’t work. There’s a reason you rarely, if ever, see a team logo on the front of a helmet instead of the sides. On top of that, there’s no need for this franchise to stray away from burgundy and gold. It’s their traditional and iconic look, regardless of the mascot’s name.

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