3 Worst New NFL Alternate and Throwback Helmets for 2022

David Kaestle
Ranking the three worst alternate helmets in the NFL.
Ranking the three worst alternate helmets in the NFL. /

With the NFL changing its one helmet rule for the 2022 season, a number of teams have taken advantage and have introduced new or alternative helmets to be worn at various points during the season.

While we have already gone through the best of the new helmets, let's go over the ones that missed the mark. When deciding which are the three worst helmets I took a few things into consideration, from originality, to creativity and even historical significance/popularity with a number of throwback style helmets being in the mix. The helmets on this list swung and missed in all or most of these areas of critique.

Let's take a look at the three worst alternative helmets for the 2022 season.

3. Arizona Cardinals & Philadelphia Eagles (tie)

These two helmets aren't exactly the worst looking, but they surely lack any form of creativity or uniqueness. The Eagles helmet looks like someone printed out their regular helmet but on a black and white printer. The Cardinals are essentially the same thing. When you have a naturally white helmet like the Cardinals and already have worn black dominant alternate uniforms in the past, as both the Cardinals and Eagles have, making your first alternate helmet in black is an easy choice, but that's also why they made the list. No creativity or originality, the design team took the ultimate easy road on both of these helmets, and while they might look great on the field, still nothing to be impressed with as a standalone helmet design.

2. Houston Texans

The Texans elected to go with a "battle red" instead of black here, which makes sense because black isn't really part of the team's color scheme. However, the red color on the helmet makes it quite difficult to see the left side of the logo on the helmet (which is also red). While it doesn't seem to be an exact match, it still makes things look off. This will most likely go along with the red colorway uniform Houston has donned in the past, but going head to toe in one color doesn't always work and this might be one of those situations.

1. Washington Commanders

Going through a complete franchise overahul this offseason from a team name change to new uniforms and logos, Washington had a chance to make something really cool and they failed, big time. While the black helmet could have been cool, the logo placement is lazy and odd. A simple small "W" on the front, with nothing on the sides? Yawn. While again, I'm sure these will be paired with a black-centric uniform, even if the colors work, the helmet design itself was way too minimalistic.

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