Another close one last week; me: Eagles 26 – Giants 14, real-life: Eagles 27 – Giants 17. That makes the system 7-3.
I don't have a great feeling about this week's game. The Eagles are in White over Green, and they're playing against another one of the "classic" NFL uniforms this week in the Chicago Bears.
As I'll detail below, I don't love the Bears uniform (even though they're wearing the preferred combination), but it's certainly a good one.
The Bears are generally a Color at Home team, though there have been a few exceptions. So, even though they have a new throwback this year, they're saving it for divisional rivals and not the Eagles. We'll see them in Navy over White. (they have been known to wear solid Navy and solid White, but it's been a few years since either look has appeared). They also have an Orange alternate, but it won't be seen this year because the throwbacks take their two slots in the schedule.
UniDiction after the jump.
Either 2, 3, 6, or 7 points awarded for each category (safety, field goal, touchdown, touchdown+point after, of course)
Bears: 3 — In terms of design details, the wishbone "C" logo has just enough going for it to not look like a plain letter cop-out. But, they really need something to break up the two halves of the helmet. Maybe a White or Orange stripe (or a combination). The helmet looks more "old" than "classic."
Eagles: 3 — The White jerseys are unfortunately nondescript compared to the Midnight Green. I've said it before, so I'll say it again, the White jersey just doesn't say "Eagles" the way that the Green one does. Sure, it's grown on me a bit this season, but it's not the one.
Bears: 6 — The fact that the orange sleeve stripes all get White strokes is the type of detail we reward here at the uniform desk at Crossing Broad. The only thing that doesn't really work is the shade of Navy used. It just looks….dead. Thankfully, the White stroke adds some visual punch to the stripes. PS: The "GSH" on the sleeves stands for "George S. Halas", an important figure in the history of the Bears and the NFL itself.
Pants + Socks
Eagles: 3 — The green pants are still a dubious decision at best. The Midnight Green tends to look generically "dark" on the lower half of the body, not an immediately noticeable color. The two-tone socks also work better with the white pants than the green pants.
Bears: 6 — Doing pretty much everything right (an Orange and Navy "sandwich" stripe, orange sock stripes with White strokes which match the jersey sleeves), I can only find fault with the fact that the Navy is just too dark to really make the uniform stand-out no matter where it shows up.
Eagles: 6 — Um….they were wearing White over Green when Michael Vick made it so Madden 98 (for the Genesis) provided a more accurate representation of a "real" NFL game against the Redskins, so that's got to count for something.
Bears: 2 — My running theme above is, "I like it, but the Navy Blue is too dark," so being that the Bears' color are Navy Blue and Orange, this is the only place I can really bring the pain. Also, the striping is not consistent between the Navy and White version of the pants, jerseys, and socks. Sure, the Eagles are inconsistent, too, but that's…. hmm…. it's different.
Random uniform trivia: The Redskins broke out White jerseys over Yellow Pants for the first time in a long time last week. It was actually a pretty good look, though it makes jobs like mine especially difficult when trying to predict what they'll wear. Thank goodness we're not playing the Rams this year. Heck, the Texans will be challenging enough.