Week 9 of the 2020 NFL season has arrived, the midpoint of the season in spirit if not precise mathematical reality. The big matchup of the early slate features a pair of 5-2 clubs squaring off, as the Indianapolis Colts host the Baltimore Ravens. Plus, we have two critical interconference clashes, as the Buffalo Bills host the Seattle Seahawks, and the Tennessee Titans welcome the Chicago Bears to Nashville.
While the action on the field will surely be captivating, we're here to highlight the best of what the players have to offer from a sartorial standpoint.
For more on the matchups today, look no further: Our NFL Nation reporters bring us the keys to every game, a bold prediction for each contest and final score picks. Check out ESPN's NFL Week 9 game guide.
Best "Chappelle Show" homage
It was a big weekend for comedian Dave Chappelle, as he returned to host "Saturday Night Live," and one of his most memorable bits -- an impersonation of music legend Rick James -- was celebrated in pregame cleat form by Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs:
Best Kobe Bryant homage
Sunday will be the first game in a Ravens uniform for veteran wideout Dez Bryant, and he arrived for game day in Indy wearing the jersey of another Bryant:
Dez Bryant arrives at Lucas Oil Stadium, where he is set to make his Ravens debut after being elevated from practice squad.— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) November 8, 2020
Bryant hasn't played a game since Dec. 31, 2017.
(📸: Ravens) pic.twitter.com/Pbq5JKv8VH
Best video of the weekend for Panthers fans, and one fantasy manager in every league
We'd all heard that Christian McCaffrey was poised to return to action on Sunday, but hearing about it is different from seeing him strolling in on Sunday. The wait is finally over:
Return of the Mac! pic.twitter.com/dAzqtIVVMg— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) November 8, 2020
Best back-to-basics look
Hey, when you're as good as Patrick Mahomes, sometimes you can look good wearing something like this:
Let's work ⏰ pic.twitter.com/0CeQdVteJj— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 8, 2020
Best self-referencing jewelry
Julio Jones -- aka Jet -- leaves no mistake on his identity before the Falcons' matchup with the Broncos:
Ready for takeoff ✈️ pic.twitter.com/LeViw6uKku— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) November 8, 2020
Best of the rest
In the building‼️— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 8, 2020
You know the vibe ✌️ pic.twitter.com/VRCaI3Jm6L— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 8, 2020
All ☀️ except for this 💧 pic.twitter.com/X6k23CxP2k— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) November 8, 2020