Ho-ho-ho! Good morning and happy Christmas to one and all. Hope there’s some fun stuff in your stockings this morning.
As you can see above, at least one NFL player had the Christmas spirit over the weekend. That was Steelers wide receiver George Pickens, who wore two mouthguards — one red and one green — during Saturday’s game against the Bengals. You can see more photos of him here.
In other news from around the league over the holiday weekend:
- The Dolphins wore their aqua throwbacks while hosting the Cowboys, thus creating a rough visual approximation of Super Bowl VI (additional photos here):
- In that same game, the throwback Dolphins helmet illustrations in the end zones had the orange stripe on the outside, even though the actual helmets had the aqua stripe on the outside:
- The Bears wore their super-stripey 1936 throwbacks (additional photos here):
- The Broncos wore their white alternate helmets (additional photos here):
- In that same game, Patriots defensive back Jonathan Jones looked like he raided the Bears’ throwback sock supply:
- Still more from that same game: The last time Denver wore the white helmets, on Oct. 8, they had the throwback “D” at midfield and their modern wordmark in the end zones. But yesterday they had the modern logo at midfield and the throwback “D” had been added to the end zones:
- The Jets, perhaps thinking of the holiday season, went mono-green (additional photos here):
- The Bucs wore red over pewter, which doesn’t sound that remarkable, but it’s the first time all season that they’ve worn that combo (additional photos here):
- It seems like we’ve had a lot of mono-black vs. mono-white games lately, including the Falcons vs. the Colts yesterday (additional photos here):
- In that same game, Cordarrelle Patterson of the Falcons wore Christmas cookie-themed shoes:
- Pretty good-looking game in Houston, as the Texans hosted the Browns (additional photos here):
- Two teams wore white at home: the Vikings and the aforementioned Bears. The Vikings game was notable because there had been rumors that they might add a white helmet for this game, creating a full mono-white combo, but they didn’t do that. I’m glad they didn’t, but it means they really had no excuse not to wear a proper throwback helmet with this season’s throwback uni, instead of using their primary shell.
As for today games: KC and the Raiders will have a very good-looking uni matchup, the Eagles will wear their black alternates against the Giants, and the 49ers will wear their red throwbacks against the Ravens.
(My thanks to Phil, @MagicMeek1, and @MarvelousMike94 for their contributions to this report.)