While some NFL teams will wear bright, alternate colors as part of the Nike’s “Color Rush” theme this year, the Bears are sticking to a muted theme for their Oct. 20 game in Green Bay.
The Bears will wear their home navy jerseys on the road with their navy road pants. The only new piece of fabric will be a redesigned navy sock — which has blue on either side of orange stripes, rather than only on the top half — to complete the monochromatic look.
The Packers will be equally modest, wearing white jerseys with new white pants.
The Bears have worn all navy twice in their history: for the first time in 2002 and again in the season finale of 2006. Both were games against the Packers that they lost.
The announcement, made Tuesday by Nike, means the Bears will wear white jerseys only four times this season — because the Texans, Cowboys and Buccaneers will wear white at home against them.
All NFL teams will wear a monochromatic uniform when they play on Thursday nights this season, an expansion of a program that began last year. In the NFC North, the Lions will wear all black and the Vikings solid purple.
According to ESPN, Nike used doctors from Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City to review the monochromatic jerseys to make sure the matchups would not prove difficult to watch for people who are colorblind. The NFL said its cut of jersey sales will go to the NFL Foundation to fund health and safety for kids, with the first $500,000 headed toward football equipment and fields lost during the Louisiana floods.