Sunday night's game with the Steelers and Chargers presented a very interesting set of helmet designs. I don't know why but I really like the reversed-out Steelers throwback helmet that they were wearing. Both of the teams on the field were wearing examples of their usual helmet design in reverse color. The Steelers were doing so by wearing the throwback helmet, the Chargers did so a few years ago by making the switch to this helmet from their long-time navy version. So, viewing the game with an eye for design like I always do, I wondered "What If" we woke up next Sunday in an alternate NFL universe and all of the teams in the league showed up in reversed-out helmet designs. What would the league look like if every game looked like Sunday's Steelers/Chargers contest.
Here is a look at the AFC in this NFL bizarro world.
The teams of the AFC East would look much different in this alternate NFL world. The Jets helmet doesn't look all that unfamiliar, as the team used a green helmet for many years. This use of green as the primary color would show the retro/current logo they use on the background color from their previous design style. Switching up the colors on the Dolphins helmet definitely creates a look like we've never seen before. For their entire history the team has used a white helmet and this look would definitely be a drastic change. The Bills helmet would likely go unnoticed because the team's use of color is so out of control, you would likely not even realize the colors were different. Give the Patriots and Flying Elvis a navy blue background and you get a very unusual look. The team has always used a light colored helmet, so this navy version gives them an entirely new look.AFC North
The game on Sunday gave us a sneak peak at our newly designed NFL North. The yellow version of the Steelers helmet looks very familiar to us because we have already seen it on the field. The reverse colored Bengals helmet has also been seen before. A prototype of this helmet has been seen on Marvin Lewis' desk and has made its way around the NFL rumor mill. Giving the Bengals a black based helmet would give the team a bit of a tougher look than the orange versions. The Ravens would have a much more colorful look if their purple color took over for black on their helmets. We all know that Paul Lukas would love to see this switch! As for the Browns, we can now see why a team called the Browns use an orange helmet. Some colors just do not belong in certain places, though it would make sense for them to use a primarily brown helmet.AFC South
Our alternate NFL would look a lot different in the AFC South. Replacing the Titans white helmet with the powder blue color would give them a bit of a tribute to their AFL roots as the Oilers. With the team's colorful uniforms, this helmet would likely be a bit much. The team has had such success this season as the Oilers that they may also be hesitant to go down this road. The Colts have had one of the most iconic helmets in the history of the NFL. Reaching all the way back to their days in Baltimore, this helmet has been around for what seems like forever. Reversing the colors and giving the Colts a primarily royal blue helmet would give them a look similar to what the University of Kentucky looks like on Fall Saturdays. The Texans have not been around long enough for this color switch to affect them. The switch to a red helmet would present the team with a new look, but would still seem similar to their regular look. The Jaguars just switched helmet colors in the real NFL, but this version in our alternate NFL would really present fans with a new look. A gold based helmet would give the team a bit of a New Orleans Saints look, but one very different than their current one.AFC West
The Chargers led the idea behind our alternate NFL by making this switch in the real NFL. The switch to a primarily white helmet was a great move. So, if the rest of the AFC West followed suit, what would it look like? The Raiders are known for their silver helmets but wouldn't a black helmet give the team an even tougher look? I wasn't sure how the black Raiders helmet might look, but seeing it makes me think it might work. The Chiefs wouldn't really go with a yellow helmet, so in our alternate NFL the team would reverse out to a white design. This one has me thinking Cardinals, but in our new NFL, the Cardinals would not have this look anymore. I think I like the orange version of the Broncos helmet. I think I could get used to seeing the Broncos take the field in this alternate color scheme.
So there they are, the helmet designs from the alternate AFC we wake up to next Sunday. I constantly wonder what these types of color switches would look like and how they would impact the looks of the teams. Seeing them actually mocked up presents some fun things to think about. Tomorrow I'll take a look at a "What If" NFC and see how switching the colors up there would work.