Being that all predictions for the NFL season thus far are based on a combination of last year’s results and four pre-season games (The NFL Pre-Season — The four weeks when your friends with season tickets slightly regret their purchase!), we might as well base our predictions on something more arbitrary with little bearing on the actual game*. Uniforms.
[*I think some coach or player was once quoted as saying “look good, play good,” so creative interpretation of the rules of English grammar aside, I’ll leave it at “little bearing” instead of “no bearing.”]
The big news for this game is that the Eagles will be wearing their 1960 throwbacks. As detailed at great length previously, I don’t like them. Classic, accurate, but too plain. The presence of Kelly Green should appease the loud “bring back the Cunningham-era jersey” people who don’t realize that the throwbacks are not the same as the “Cunningham-era” uniforms (white vs. silver paints, Eagle logo on shoulder, stroke around the numbers, helmet wing details, etc.). So at the minimum, it takes away their ability to complain about the uniforms, giving more time to complain about things that matter. Like Kevin Kolb.
With the Eagles wearing green jerseys, this puts the Packers in their White Jersey/Yellow Pants combination. I don’t think it’s the best combination in the NFL (undecided on that one at the moment), but it’s everything the Eagles throwback is….except it’s not boring. Something as simple as shoulder striping really makes the look of the “classic” NFL uniform template work well (think of the Bears and the Browns).
Either 2, 3, 6, or 7 points awarded for each category (safety, field goal, touchdown, touchdown+point after, of course)
Packers: 7 — there’s absolutely nothing I would change
Eagles: 2 — Championship aside, this isn’t one of the Eagles’ better looks. It’s just green with white numbers!
Packers: 6 — missed PAT because their Green jersey + yellow pants combination is one of the defining images of the NFL.
Pants + Socks
Eagles: 6 — the two green stripes on the white pants definitely add something, and the white stripe on the green section of the socks avoids the “endless field of green” effect seen on the jerseys. That said, one thick vertical stripe would look better on the pants.
Packers: 7 — the contrast-color/white/contrast-color triple stripe on the pants is nice touch, and the two-tone socks (without anything breaking-up the solid color) work because they would look too busy with a stripe, being that there are plenty of stripes elsewhere.
Eagles: 7 — authenticity counts and the fan base really likes them.
Packers: 6 — Points awarded for using yellow in their color scheme. Missed PAT due to the management thinking a uniform from an era with completely different equipment would translate to the 21st century.
Hmm… I may need to adjust my scoring system to add up to numbers which look like real “football scores.” And so it can go above 28…
Also of interest, UniWatch (Paul Lukas) on Page 2 posted his 2010 overview of all NFL uniform changes yesterday. Definitely a must read.
The match-up itself gets four stars. Both teams will be wearing “classic” uniforms, and both teams’ colors complement each other.