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NFL Helmet Rankings: #’s 24-17

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Aug 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings helmet on the field before a game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

21. Minnesota Vikings

Strengths: I like the improved Viking horn and the new pearlized purple color.

Weaknesses: The black facemask.

Ideas for Improvement: Why put a black facemask on a dark (non-black) helmet? Black isn’t even one of their colors. This helmet would be much better with a purple facemask (just like it used to be). If they wanted to make a statement with their new jerseys, I think a yellow facemask would look good as well.

20. Carolina Panthers

Strengths: Overall a solid helmet. I like the silver helmet with the black facemask.

Weaknesses: The logo. It is not a terrible logo, but it could use some improved lines and definition like the Lions did with their logo a few years back.

Ideas for Improvement: I would definitely upgrade the logo. If they wanted to go beyond the logo, while I like the black facemask, I would like to see these helmets with the Carolina blue facemask.

19. Detroit Lions

Strengths: The upgraded lion logo was a good decision.

Weaknesses: Incorporating black into their uniforms (especially on the facemask) was a terrible decision.

Ideas for Improvement: This helmet should be higher if not for the black. I will never understand the reasoning behind teams feeling the need to get black into their uniforms. The Lions colors are blue, white, and silver – they should keep it that way. Go back to the blue facemask and the blue and white stripe. Get rid of the black.

18. Seattle Seahawks

Strengths: I like the flat paint and the kevlar looking stripe. They went out on a limb with these helmets and I think they did a good job.

Weaknesses: Did not incorporate the bright green from the jerseys.

Ideas for Improvement: The Seahawks switched up their jerseys and went with a really bright green, yet didn’t incorporate any of that bold coloring into the helmet. I say go all out….rock a bright green facemask.