Last season, NFL teams were allowed - but not mandated - to wear solid-color uniforms for Thursday Night games. The movement called Color Rush has now hit the league with full force, as it has become a requirement for the 2016 season to adorn these monochrome getups for the mid-week contests.
The Green Bay Packers, who of course chose not to wear one of these in their only non-holiday Thursday Night game last season in Detroit, have been tabbed to wear gold (more accurately yellow) when they play the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field in week 7.
Thanks to Madden NFL 17, however, we have our first possible look at what these uniforms might look like from an officially-licensed NFL source. Our thanks go to Twitter user @DomSanity27 for posting this video and for Packers running back Eddie Lacy for retweeting it:
To be honest, they don’t look as awful as I was anticipating. Now, that may just be because the opposing team in the video is the Saints, who are wearing their white jerseys. When we see them take the field opposite the all-navy Chicago Bears, that may be a different story.
The one thing I love here are the socks. Those thick horizontal stripes actually look pretty great, if you ask me.
Of course, take this with a grain of salt - Madden had included a metallic gold jersey as a Packers alternate several years ago, and according to several APC readers, this particular set has been in the game for a little while. It’s entirely likely that this is just the EA Sports team’s imagining of a solid-color alternate that just happens to match what we expect the Packers to wear in a few weeks. Still, this makes me believe that maybe Green Bay’s monochrome uniform will not be as painful to watch as once thought.