In a Tuesday morning ceremony at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Bengals unveiled a white and black uniform for their September 29th showdown with the Miami Dolphins.
Fittingly, the ceremony took place at the zoo’s white tiger exhibit with Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, and Tyler Boyd present to show off the new design.
The uniform posses very little color, save for some small orange accents, though, it’s part of the NFL’s Color Rush program for Thursday Night Football. Last year, a few teams debuted Color Rush alternate jerseys, but this year, every team will wear a Color Rush jersey during their Thursday night game. Each team has one Thursday night game on the calendar.
The Bengals will be wearing these jerseys with their usual orange helmets, due to an NFL rule requiring players to use only one helmet for the duration of a season. The rule change took place after the 2009 season which featured numerous AFL throwback uniforms, complete with custom helmets. The NFL says concussion concerns are the reason for this rule change, but it’s likely much more a case of brand identity, and wanting teams to have a consistent and recognizable uniform piece.
Regardless, the light orange accents will help minimize the worries of clashing that might occur with the mostly orange helmet. Bold, single color numbers make this uniform stand out even more. The Dolphins game will be the only contest this season that the team will be wearing these alternates, so you’ll want to be sure to tune in to get a glimpse of them in action.
What do you think of the new uniforms? Are you a fan, or were you hoping for something different? Let us know in the comments below. Personally I’m a big fan of the jersey and I’ll be looking to buy one to keep in my closet to remember.