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Dress Code: Cowboys Uniform History & Full NFL Rankings

Sean Martin



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According to some Cowboys' fans, the iconic blue star found on the team's silver helmet was placed there by god himself to serve as a symbol of excellence in professional football. However, the Dallas Cowboys opened as an expansion team in 1960, sporting a clean blue star on a cleaner white helmet. The team, led by Tom Landry, finished the season 0-11-1 and dead last in the NFL Western Conference.

Safe to say the star did not have the greatest of debuts. The uniforms remained unchanged until 1964 when the stars were removed from the shoulders and the base helmet color was changed from white to the silver that we see today.

Cowboys Blog - Dress Code: Cowboys Uniform History and RankingsWith Landry still at the helm, these uniforms helped turn around the team's fortunes. After a 5-8 finish in '64, the Cowboys finished 7-7 the next season to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

The uniforms remained virtually unchanged through 1971 when the team won its first Super Bowl. Sporting their iconic whites, the Cowboys defeated the Dolphins 24-3.

Roger Staubach was named the game's MVP.

NFL Blog - Dress Code: Cowboys Uniform History and Full NFL Rankings 32The Cowboys went on to win a total of 5 Super Bowls, most recently in 1995. They have worn white in all five championship games.

The team lost Super Bowl V while wearing blue, in a game against the Colts that is remembered as the "Blunder Bowl".

The Cowboys will enter 2015 hoping to reach Super Bowl 50 in style. But where does their look rank in the NFL for 2015? View this list to find out...

Jacksonville Jaguars

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The new-look Jaguars land in last place on the list for a number of reasons.

The one that stands out right away is the awful two-tone helmet. What were they thinking!? The rest of the uniform has too much of a college feel to it, which I guess is fitting for a team that draws college level attendance.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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We can wait. Trust us.

The Buccaneers abandoned the creamsicle look in 1977 but are now making an attempt to honor the team's past in 2015.

Not only is the orange trim completely out of place, but the helmet logo is oversized and the number font looks like something out of an arcade game. What a mess.

Miami Dolphins

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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That is a valuable lesson the Miami Dolphins failed to learn when updating uniforms in 2013.

The team's orange and teal color scheme mixed with unique logo has long made for one of the NFL's most recognizable and fun uniforms. However, the new logo took away all facial features from the dolphin mascot.

The team is also sporting a much brighter, and more obnoxious, shade of teal.

Cleveland Browns

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The Browns are another team that will be rocking new threads in 2015, but the new look still has some major flaws.

The team's color scheme of orange and brown is a tough hand for any designer to be dealt, and this new look does not shy away from flooding us with those two colors.

The bold "Cleveland" letters across the chest are a nice touch, but the rest of the uniform sets it back to #29 in our countdown.

Arizona Cardinals

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The Cardinals uniforms look lazily done, throwing together red and white throughout the jersey and pants seemingly at will.

This set would be salvageable if not for the pitiful black jerseys the team wears all too often.

Atlanta Falcons

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The Falcons have some pretty nice looking helmets, complete with one of the most innovative logos in the league.

However, the success of these unis ends right there.

The sleeve design on the jersey leaves something to be desired while the pants color scheme is just flat out bizarre.

Carolina Panthers

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The Panthers are one of the only teams to never fully update their uniforms.

The result is a look that is behind the times. While the all black look is intimidating and stylish, the white uniforms seen here look like something that an upstart high school football team with a low budget would wear.

Yet again, they do play in the NFC South.

Detroit Lions

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The Lions look is really held back by the unnecessary black trim.

They have a great thing going with a blue and silver color scheme, but the touches of black make the uniform a lot less impressive and hold Detroit to #25 on the list.

Chicago Bears

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Chicago's uniforms lack creativity, and the overall color scheme is dull.

Da Bears also land in the lower third thanks to their logo-less alternate helmets.


New York Jets

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The Jets do a good job of mixing green and white into their look, but the overall feel of the uniform is distracting and the helmet logo seems to exist solely to serve as another place for the team's primary symbol.

Overall, it is still a pretty decent look.

Washington Redskins

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The Redskins look has changed many times over the decades, and what the team is going with currently may be one of their worst yet.

The vibrant yellow mixed with a strange burgundy causes the Skins to be a total eyesore.

San Diego Chargers

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The Bolts fall on the bottom half of this list, not because of any major flaw to their current look, but because of their past look that they chose to give up on.

The iconic powder blues from the team's past make this current style lose a lot of its effect, and I have a hard time believing most San Diego fans - along with NFL fans in general - would be opposed to the return of one of the NFL's greatest all-time looks.

Tennessee Titans

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The team has yet to come to terms with #2 overall pick Marcus Mariota, and it may be because of a disagreement with what the former Oregon QB will be wearing come game day.

The two tone blue uniforms are a total disaster. The logo just also doesn't seem to fit with an NFL team.

Minnesota Vikings

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The Vikings have changed their shade of purple a number of times but seem to finally have a scheme that works well.

The shine on the helmet mixed with the clean purple and white jersey is a nice look. The two colored pants stripe holds this uniform back and puts the Vikings at the middle of the road.

New York Giants

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The Giants slide on this list mostly for thinking that these bright white pants with awkward piping were a good idea.

The rest of the uniform is bearable, although some more red in the jersey wouldn't hurt.

Philadelphia Eagles

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Barring a Chip Kelly uniform redesign to make his team look even more like the Oregon Ducks, the 2015 Eagles style lands at #17 in the countdown.

The many different shades of green the team wears is distracting while the helmet tone seems to be caught between dark green and black. Speaking of black, the team also breaks out their all black alternates way too often.

A return to the Kelly green may be better suited for the Eagles.

Houston Texans

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The Texans basic look actually works very well, complete with one of the best helmets in the league.

It also helps when you have JJ Watt, who could be just as intimidating in a bright pink jersey.

Seattle Seahawks

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This new Seattle look was a headline design from Nike's recent NFL makeover.

The ultra-modern uniforms work very well in mixing blue with the bright green found on the shoulders and numbers.

Buffalo Bills

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The Bills may lead the league in uniform combinations over the years, but their current look should be here to stay.

The color scheme is awesome, and the overall look has found a perfect balance between their AFL past and modern NFL style.

St. Louis Rams

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Despite only wearing this yellow and blue set as an alternate now, the Rams look is like none other in the NFL.

Complete with one of the coolest helmets in the league, the jersey and pants fit together perfectly to create an unforgettable style at #13 in our countdown.

Kansas City Chiefs

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Psychologically, the color red is associated with energy, aggression, and excitement. No wonder it is a great look for a team with one of the best fan bases in the league.

The all red look has not changed much from the team's AFL past, and the yellow detailing is perfectly done.

Baltimore Ravens

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The Ravens purple and black style is one of the best in the NFL. The team is also one of the few in the league that can honestly say they make an all black alternate look good.

Take notes, Eagles and Cardinals.

The shoulder insignia honoring the state of Maryland's unique flag is also a very nice touch.

 Indianapolis Colts

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The Colts look is simple, but also one of the most visually appealing in the NFL.

The dual stripe on the shoulder and horseshoe helmet land the Colts into the top 10.

Oakland Raiders

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The Raiders have always been known for the silver and black, and the style puts them near the top of the countdown.

The black jerseys with silver numbering are a thing of beauty, complete with a perfect helmet. Raiders first round pick Amari Cooper will sure look good rocking these colors in the bay area.

New England Patriots

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The Patriots red, white and blue style has served as a symbol of excellence in the NFL during this decade.

While the jerseys have a little bit too much going on, the pants work with the design well and the red facemasks are probably the best in the league.

Patriots fans have no reason to feel deflated over their team's threads.

Cincinnati Bengals

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The Bengals look is like none other in the NFL, and for the sake of this countdown - that is a very good thing!

The helmet has no set design, and the frequent use of Bengal stripes gives Cincy a style that few teams could pull off. These uniforms would look awesome in the second round of the playoffs.

New Orleans Saints

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The Saints black and gold style embodies the party atmosphere of New Orleans.

The black coloring is simplistic and allows the gold numbers and detailing to stand out.

The gold helmet is also very well done.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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Speaking of black and gold, the Steelers come in at #5 in the countdown.

Their look is known throughout the NFL, and the fierce black found all the way through the helmet embodies the city of Pittsburgh.

San Francisco 49ers

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The 49ers garnet and gold is a signature look that has not required much change over the years.

Unfortunately, the team had a stretch where they nearly ruined the iconic style by shadowing the numbers in black. However, the team is back to their simplistic but elegant style and all is right with the world that is bay area NFL uniforms.

Denver Broncos

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The Broncos orange look is sharp, and the team has a great balance between the base orange and blue.

The team that calls Mile High Stadium their homelands high on the countdown at #3.

Green Bay Packers

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The Packers signature green and yellow is a well put together look from helmet to toe.

The helmets are nice, and the simplistic jersey on top of the yellow pants is a pleasure to look at. The pants striping is also well done and simplistic.

Dallas Cowboys

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No surprise here, as America's Team's classic white look lands at #1.

The Cowboys have made a name for themselves by bending the rules and wearing white at home.

The clean blue and white look cannot be topped, complete with the shining helmet and star!


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Neutral Perspective: Dak Prescott is NOT a 1-Man Army



Neutral Perspective: Dak Prescott is NOT a 1-Man Army

It doesn’t take a lot to cause an overreaction in the NFL, and fans and the media alike can be very fickle. Thus, when the Dallas Cowboys were beaten by the Carolina Panthers in week one the discussions surrounding their title credentials began, and even more so because Dak Prescott and his Cowboys offense was only able to score 8 points. He left the stadium still looking for his first touchdown pass of the season and wondering what went wrong.

By all accounts, Prescott wasn’t great, and his quarterback rating of 81.1 reflects that. His performance left the fans concerned and some asserting there were no shades of the Prescott of 2016. Nonetheless, a quarterback has to be helped by his offensive line, and allowing him to get sacked six times shows that improvement is needed up front.

In week 2, against the New York Giants, Prescott started the game with a booming 64-yard touchdown pass to WR Tavon Austin on the first series of the game. It was a play four whole quarters of football in the making and made fans explode in celebration following the lackluster performance against CAR. Prescott's rating jumped to 95.4 and he wasn't sacked during the contest. Even still, he threw the ball for 10 fewer yards than in week 1 and was 1.5% less on his completion percentage too.

Prescott’s best defense is the Cowboys' lack of stand-out wide receivers. The loss of Jason Witten and Dez Bryant – neither of whom has adequately been replaced – is the biggest cause of this perceived fall from grace. Those departures have undeniably created a problem, but one that many great quarterbacks over the years have managed to overcome.

While the doom and gloom felt by Cowboys Nation after week 1 has abated some with a victory over New York, for a franchise that has enjoyed the often wow-worthy play of Tony Romo, Dak Prescott has a way to go yet, to say the least.

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The current situation is difficult for the Cowboys, but there are also psychological mitigations. One of these is their presence in a division with the reigning Super Bowl winners, the Philadelphia Eagles.

This has long since put the Cowboys on the back foot in the futures betting markets, with an average moneyline price of +210 that makes them the least likely team to win the NFC East division. Unlike betting on individual games themselves, the futures market is a starker reflection of a team's form, rather than the more reactionary moneyline prices on individual games.

Criticism, from experts and fans alike, always intensifies after a defeat, and starting the season off at 1-1 isn't always enough to overcome said criticism. So too will the moneyline price of the Cowboys besting the Eagles lengthen, although the rewards for keeping faith in the Cowboys to do that – if they somehow do – will be all the more greater if they proceed to underachieve.

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Dak Prescott Needs Support Like Never Before

The likes of Cole Beasley, Michael Gallup, Deonte Thompson and Allen Hurns aren’t going to be reaching the Hall of Fame, but they are more than capable of helping Dallas score more than 8 points in a game. Take away the opening-drive shot from week 2, the only TD pass Dak has thrown in 2018, and the Cowboys scored just 13 points against the Giants. It's hardly confidence inspiring, yet.

There have been numerous points so far where the Prescott of 2016 would have found the receiver, but for whatever reason, those throws just aren’t being made with any consistency right now. That is especially bad considering the breathing room that is given by an elite level running back, which can be found in the form of Ezekiel Elliott.

Zeke got the ball 15 times for 69 yards against CAR and 17 times for 78 yards against NYG, both of which have to be less than he would have liked. Yet, the Panthers were out to stop him, specifically, and the Cowboys offensive line couldn’t cope, which allowed Elliott to lack effectiveness and their quarterback to be put to the ground half a dozen times. The opening drive against the Giants certainly helped alleviate pressure on Prescott, but it's clear that the defense beat the Giants, overall.

These, however, are problems that an offensive coordinator needs to overcome, and Scott Linehan didn’t cover himself in glory either.

Ultimately, above all else, there seems to be a bit of disunity within the offense. The receivers feel unloved, the running backs face a lot of defenders on each play, and the quarterback must improve his accuracy.

These situations are where you need creative play calling and a unique approach.

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Spirit of 2016 Can Still Make an Impact

With every defeat, the next game is hugely important, in the mind if not on paper. If the Cowboys can step up and convincingly rack up some wins, then – as ever – it will start to go quiet.

One aspect that sometimes goes overlooked is the defense. Conceding 16 points against Carolina and 13 against New York should usually be more than low enough to secure a win. Thus, if the Cowboys keep up that level of performance, then they should win a lot more games than they lose. But that's because most offenses in the NFL are capable of scoring 20-or-more points a game. With the Cowboys defense performing as they have been thus far, the onus is on the offense the close out games.

There's a reason the quarterback position is regarded far above all others, and Prescott needs to carry the team with him to keep that winning feeling in the Cowboys’ locker room.

He needs to give the opposition’s defensive line more to think about, and make them fear the pass as much as Elliott’s or his own rushing ability. That will give his receivers more confidence and Elliott more space. If his offensive line isn’t doing its job then he and Linehan need to think of ways to get the ball out quickly and on target.

Doom and gloom often surrounds any first loss of a season, but if Prescott and Elliott can work together as they did in their first win of the season, then it’s going to be very hard to beat them, especially if their defense keeps playing to such high standards as they have.

Regardless, the Super Bowl is anything but a lock at this point, and the problems need to be fixed quickly, before "distant" becomes mathematically "impossible."

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Can WR Brice Butler Help Improve Cowboys Passing Game?

Brian Martin



Can WR Brice Butler Help Improve Cowboys Passing Game?

In a somewhat confusing move, the Dallas Cowboys decided to re-add Wide Receiver Brice Butler to the roster in order to get something more out of the passing game, which to be honest has been pretty putrid in the first two games of the 2018 season. Something needed to be done, but I'm not sure that Butler is the answer.

I'm going to agree with my fellow Staff Writer, Jess Haynie, in saying that the Cowboys decision to reunite with Brice Butler makes no sense. Jess is actually much more polite than I would've been when I initially found out about this transaction. I personally hate the move and I'm not afraid to say it. But ultimately, it wasn't my decision to make and the only thing that really matters here is whether or not Butler can help improve the passing game?

With all of the questions surrounding the Cowboys receivers, Butler's addition just adds another one. Unfortunately, we are two games into the 2018 season and the receiver position still remains the biggest unknown. No one has really stepped up their game and with the exception of Tavon Austin's touchdown catch last week, there hasn't been any big plays in the passing game.

I don't really know how Brice Butler is supposed to improve things. Is he supposed to be the "go to" receiver now? Is he any better than what the Cowboys already have on the roster? Or, will he end up being more of a progress stopper? Like I said, he just adds more questions to be answered.

I for one don't see any upside in adding Butler. Yes, Quarterback Dak Prescott has a bond with him, but nothing ever really materialized there when #19 was here previously. He showed flashes, like he has at all of his stops in the NFL, but his inconsistencies couldn't convince the coaching staff to play him more. So, what's changed?

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Dallas Cowboys WR Brice Butler

The obvious answer here would be the subtraction of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten in the passing game. That's quite a bit of production missing that has yet to be accounted for. But again, I am still not buying into the Butler addition as a solution.

I know it sounds like I'm slamming Brice Butler pretty hard, but there was a time when I wanted to see him on the field more. Like many of you, the past few seasons I wanted to see him receive a promotion over Terrance Williams, but unfortunately that never happened. But, that was then and this is now.

Personally, I would much rather see Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, or Michael Gallup be worked more into the offensive game plan. I just feel that we have already seen what Brice Butler has to offer and it just wasn't good enough for him to stick around before. It's time to move forward, not back.

There is a reason Butler was a free agent. I mean, he wasn't even good enough to stick with Arizona Cardinals, who probably have more problems at WR than the Cowboys. But who knows? Maybe I'll end up being wrong and he'll finally play up to his true potential and talent. Wouldn't that be great?

Now, this is just one person's opinion, but I just don't see Brice Butler improving the passing game for the Dallas Cowboys. I think the only way that happens is if Dak Prescott reaches the next phase in his development. Until then, I don't see things improving much. But, that's an article for another time.

How do you feel about the Dallas Cowboys reuniting with Brice Butler?

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Despite Seattle’s Record, Sunday Is No Cakewalk For Cowboys

Kevin Brady



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As Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a game-ending pick six on national television Monday night, all of Cowboys Nation was suddenly giddy.

Somehow, the team which looked completely lost and inept offensively to open the season was now staring down a chance at a 3-1 start if they could take care of back-to-back winless teams.

The first of those winless foes being the Seattle Seahawks.

Though the last 5 years or so have conditioned us to believe that Seattle is a defensive minded, physical football team, more recent history suggests they’ve fallen off quite a bit. No longer are prime Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor patrolling their secondary, or are waves of top tier defensive linemen cycling through during the game.

Now, the Seahawks are defined by a shaky offensive line, a lack of playmakers on the perimeter, and Russell Wilson hero-ball.

It’s an odd, and typically ineffective formula for winning games, but it’s the one the 0-2 Seahawks are currently stuck with.

Despite all of this, however, Sunday’s game will be an important test for the Cowboys. Though they were favored by 3 points last week, this game is the first time in 2018 that Dallas is truly “expected” to win. Ironically, they come in as Vegas underdogs, but it’s difficult to find informed football analysts who are on Seattle this Sunday.

This, of course, has more to do with how poor Seattle has played to open their season, but they’ve still been incredibly competitive in both losses, losing both games by just one possession.

Going to Seattle and getting a win is a task teams have dreaded for years, even before Russell Wilson and the Legion of Boom brought the Seahawks back to relevancy.Earl Thomas, Seahawks

Now when you add in factors such as this being Seattle’s home opener, and that they will be desperately fighting to avoid a potential season-killing 0-3 start, this is shaping up to be a very tough test for the Cowboys.

The young Cowboys need to handle their business the next two weeks and take advantage of 0-2 conference foes. These games will be huge down the stretch for potential playoff tie breakers and give them a chance to “fatten up” before entering the more challenging parts of their schedule.

Like two match ups with the Philadelphia Eagles, and running the rest of the NFC South gauntlet during the later months of the year.

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