The Detroit Lions may have won on Sunday, but that didn’t mean they were very happy about what transpired in Arizona.
Throughout the entire game, players from both teams were slipping and sliding on the slick grass at State Farm Stadium. Despite the field being “indoors,” the Cardinals use real turf that they treat specifically for gameday.
However, after Sunday’s game, several Lions players complained about the field conditions.
“That field is so high-tech,” Ricky Jean Francois said according to MLive.com. “Taking it outside, watering it, doing everything to it, damn near gardening it, and then we come in an NFL game and we’re tearing it up that easily. You pay too much for a stadium like this to have grass that bad. I’m just saying, if you’re going to spend billions, you might as well cover everything.”
The Lions just so happened to suffer a lot of injuries on Sunday, too. And while it may be jumping to conclusions to suggest the field conditions had to do with some of the injuries, it certainly may have played a part:
Not saying the field is to blame here -- but three of the four Lions injuries today (Wagner, Hand and Ansah) have all come in the same general area of a beat up field at Arizona.— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) December 9, 2018
The players wouldn’t go as far as saying the field was to blame for injuries, but it’s clear they weren’t very happy with the condition they had to play in.
“The field was awful,” Nevin Lawson said. “I don’t understand how we got an indoor, and this field was awful.”
- Check out Matt Patricia’s locker room speech after Sunday’s win over the Cardinals:
- Patricia thinks those outdoor practices in the snow earlier in the year actually helped them prepare for the slippery conditions in Arizona.
- Damon Harrison Sr. does not want to hear you talk about tanking:
- Despite only being with the Detroit Lions since 2014, kicker Matt Prater moved to fifth in franchise scoring history after adding five more points to his resume in Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.
- This is a pretty neat angle of the Darius Slay pick-six from Sunday:
- Chris Burke of The Athletic has the background story (subscription required) of the Matt Patricia doppelganger that showed up in the stands in Arizona.